Blair, NE: Intern, Danish American Archive & Library

Job Opening Title: Intern

Institution/Organization Name: Danish American Archive and Library

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): 1738 Washington Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008, United States

Application Deadline: No deadline. Applications will be review when hey are received.

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Years of experience required: 0

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Danish American Archive and Library (DAAL) is a small, thriving and growing non-profit archive located in Blair, Nebraska (just north of Omaha). DAAL’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret materials documenting the lives of Danish immigrants and their descendants. Its collections include 1,500 cubic feet of unpublished written materials. They range from personal letters, diaries, photos, medical records, and school papers on the one hand to business documents of high level executives, independent business owners and successful farmers on the other. DAAL’s library consists of over 12,000 books dating from the 1500’s to the present day, including Danish and Danish American history, literature, religious life, memoirs, cookbooks, periodicals, community books, and family Bibles.

The Danish American Archive and Library regularly offers internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are normally for one semester (either the spring or the fall or the equivalent summer term). For one hour of academic credit interns typically work three hours per week for ten weeks if they are undergraduates or fifteen weeks if they are graduate students. A higher number of hours and greater academic credit, up to nine hours per week for three credit hours per semester, can be arranged. Internships are renewable for subsequent semesters.
Morning hours for the intern’s work at DAAL are preferred. Afternoon hours can be arranged so long as they occur within DAAL’s normal opening hours of 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. No evening or weekend hours are expected.
Internships are unpaid.

We seek to provide as rich and varied an internship experience as is feasible in a short span of time. Under the guidance of DAAL’s experienced staff, interns will work on a variety of archival tasks, such as accessioning recently donated collections, cataloging, adding documents to the digital archive, preparing acknowledgements for material and financial donations, inventorying collections, and creating finding aids. DAAL’s internship program is intended to provide interns with evidence of experience for a resume or professional portfolio.

Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited academic institution. No specific course of study is required, although a background in the humanities is an advantage, as is experience with archival practices and a familiarity with Microsoft Office. The intern needs to be able to ask questions, follow directions, and work independently. Internship duties will vary according to DAAL’s current needs, but an effort will be made to match responsibilities with the interests and skills of the intern.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least one reference to Dr. Timothy A. Jensen at info@danishamericanarchive.com. If questions arise, please contact the Danish American Archive and Library at 402-426-7910 or info@danishamericanarchive.com.

Since DAAL’s internship program is ongoing, there is no specific deadline. Applications are processed when received. Normally internships start at the beginning of the semester or summer session at the academic institution where the intern is enrolled.