This is a revision of a position originally posted on Nov. 20, 2019.
Title: Archival Digitization and Research Internship – Hamill Papers
Department: Stephan Archives
Position type: Seasonal (Internship)
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s 810 students come from more than 30 states and 30 countries, with more than a quarter receiving assistance from a $10.5 million dollar financial aid budget. Across residential, academic, and co-curricular settings, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
The Lawrenceville School’s Stephan Archives seeks an Archival Digitization and Research Intern to assist with digitizing historical documents located in The Hamill Papers, a collection that encompasses the correspondence of Rev. Samuel McClintock Hamill (1812-1889), the School’s longest serving Head Master (1837-1883).
The intern will assist the School’s Project Archivist with the digitization of the collection, the creation of metadata, the transcribing of select documents, and the conducting of additional research to augment the scope of the collection in the effort to develop a meaningful digital exhibit using this material.
Candidates must have completed core MLIS courses, courses in archival concepts, or relevant graduate work in history/related fields to be eligible for this position.
- Interns will have the opportunity for practical application of archives and library skills, including the chance to work closely with documents of historical significance and to do original research using a collection with untapped potential.
- Course credit and letters of recommendation will be provided upon request.
- Interns will be supervised by professional librarians and other trained archives staff.
The strongest applicants will have the following qualifications:
- Available for a minimum of 10 to 15 hours per week during regular week days.
- Experience working in a Library/Archive or completion of core M.L.S. courses. We will also consider graduate students in the fields of History, Public History, or Museum Studies. Familiarity with cataloging, archival processing and data management techniques preferred.
- Skilled in the use of MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or Google Software in a PC environment and regular office equipment (scanners, photocopiers, etc.).
- Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential. Candidates should understand that these transcriptions can often be difficult to read and often require patience and persistence.
- Previous experience digitizing historical documents, reading 19th century handwriting, and conducting research using primary source documents.
- Knowledge or interest in boarding school history.
- Familiarity with digital humanities trends and software, such as Omeka.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.