Madison, WI: Paid Photographic Archives Intern, Center for Railroad Photography & Art

Job Opening Title: Photographic Archives Intern

Employer Name: The Center for Railroad Photography and Art

Job Location: Madison, WI

Application Deadline: September 8

Salary Range: $12 per hour

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Years of experience required: 0-2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Paid Photographic Archives Internship

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to preserve and present significant images of railroading, exploring the relationships between railroad art and culture with American history and life. The Center does not maintain its own museum space, but partners with organizations across the country to present traveling exhibitions, events, and publications, and to acquire and maintain significant collections of railroad photography and art.

Internship opportunities are available for students and others interested in photography and archival studies. Specific knowledge of railroads is not required, so long as students are curious and willing to learn. Students need to be highly self-motivated and comfortable working independently, but they will have the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to the Center’s core projects. Center staff members will provide direction and are eager to work with students on projects that will provide them with practical experience and professional development.

Photographic Archives Intern Duties
• Preserves photographic materials by transferring original media to archival housing
• Maintains original organizational system created by photographer when appropriate
• Notes strengths of collection with regards to era, geography, subject matter, etc., and identifies potentially significant images
• Digitizes analog media using digital cameras and/or scanners
• Records metadata associated with images
• Conducts research on archival topics as needed
• Posts and shares photographs online through the Center’s social media channels

Skills required
• Organization
• Willingness to learn and follow archival best practices
• Willingness to learn about railroad history in order to identify important trends and images within large collections

Preferred skills: Familiarity with Photoshop and digital cameras and scanners

• Hourly pay, up to 20 hours per week
• Flexible schedule
• Located on multiple bus lines convenient to UW-Madison campus

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For first consideration, please apply by September 8, 2021. Interviews can be held remotely via Zoom or in-person. The tentative start date for the internship is mid-May.

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