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Archive Interns, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY

In operation since 1974, The Lesbian Herstory Archives is the world's oldest and largest collection of archival, bibliographic and multimedia materials by and about lesbians and the lesbian experience.

 

We offer research assistance, tours, exhibits, programs, document delivery and events that are open to the public including the Lez Create bi-weekly workshop, Little Rainbows monthly story-time and a 3 month Lesbian Studies course each semester.  We are currently in the process of planning for World Pride and Stonewall 50 including a number of exhibits in conjunction with the New York Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Leslie-Lohman Museum & Special Collection based installations such as "Keeping On: Black Lesbian Lives" & "Salsa Soul Sisters". We are also developing a brand new website and searchable online catalog.

LHA is an all-volunteer run, 501(c)3, non-profit educational organization that receives no government funding and is reliant upon private org/individual donors, volunteers and interns.

 

This summer we are looking for 10 interns to work on the following projects:

  • Photography Collection Inventory
  • Graphics Collection Cataloging & Imaging
  • LP Album Collection Cataloging & Preparation for Off-site Preservation Storage
  • Video Collection Cataloging & Preparation for Off-site Preservation Storage 
  • Button Collection Cataloging & Imaging

 

Internship Goals:

Interns will gain practice in preparing print and non print materials, working with several online catalogs and bibliographic utilities and creating online collections.  

 

Requirements:

  • Interns must be available at least 2 days per week (a minimum of 10 hours per week).
  • Interns must demonstrate familiarity with/interest in lesbian activism, history, cultural creations/movements
  • Interns should be familiar with working in a PC environment and the use of regular office machines (copier, scanner, fax machine, answering machine)

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with Wordpress, Dropbox, Google Sheets, Excel, Zoho or another spreadsheet app
  • Strong typing, spelling and grammar skills
  • Patience and accuracy with repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work well independently and in a group setting
  • Ability to communicate frequently and effectively in an online setting (email, chat, group list)

 

LHA is looking for students with a strong affinity for the arrangement and organization of materials, sound critical thinking skills and an interest in providing better/broader access to materials by and about the herstory of lesbian activism, creative contributions and everyday lives.

If you are interested in applying to be a Spring or Summer intern please send an email with your cover letter (outlining your experience and interest in LHA ) to lha_interns@earthlink.net. Please attach your resume as a PDF document. Your cover letter should be the body of your email. LHA can't provide housing for interns.

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