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Intern, City of Somerville Archives, Somerville, MA

The City of Somerville Archives seeks an archives intern to assist with accessions, collection inventories and archival description. The archive is part of the City Clerk's office, but works with all city departments to assist with records management and provide access to permanent collections. The intern will assist the Archivist in many aspects of day to day work, and will gain an understanding government and administrative archives. 


Essential Duties 

  • Record Accessions 

  • Create Inventories 

  • Create Archival

  • Description in ArchivesSpace 

  • Scan Images 

  • Assist in Social Media Outreach



Microsoft Office Programs 


Clear Written and Verbal Communication 


Preferred Qualifications

Completion of Introduction to Archives and Cataloging Courses


Work Environment 

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments. When working with records, physical space may be cramped. 


Physical and Mental Requirements 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position's essential functions. 


Physical Skills 

Minimal physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about storage sites. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment or photocopy paper (up to 30lbs.). When working with records, physical effort will be needed to move records. 


Motor Skills 

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers. 


Visual Skills 

Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes. 


Hours and Compensation

The intern will work 14 hours per week at $16.00 an hour from October 2019 - May 2020. 

Salary: $16.00/hr

Start Date: 

October 15th or earlier.


Application Procedure

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to: 

City Hall Personnel Office 

93 Highland Avenue 

Somerville MA 02143

 Fax: 617-666-4426 

TTY: 1-866-808-4851 



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