Asking for Input: Posting Unpaid Internships

Note from 3/9/16: Thanks to all for your input! My decision on this issue is posted here.

Hi, Everyone!

I’ve been thinking a lot about whether to discontinue posting unpaid internships. I try to emphasize the paid ones by putting the word “paid” in the post title, but I have generally always posted unpaid internships as well. I will always continue to post paid internships.

I know that there are a lot of strong opinions about the ethics of unpaid internships. I have opinions of my own! However, if posting unpaid internship positions is still useful for a lot of you, I want to take that into account before I decide.

This post is also open to comments, should you want to make one. You may also email me with a private comment at archivesgig@gmail.com, or tweet comments publicly @archivesgig.

I’m leaving this poll up for two weeks, closing on March 9th. Thank you all so much for your time.

Pause until January 25th

Hi Everyone,

I’m taking a vacation during the week of January 18. I’ll see you back here on January 25th! If you send me a job during this time, I’ll be sure to post it when I return!

Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone,

I’ll be out for the Thanksgiving holiday for the rest of this week. But before I leave you for the week, I want to thank all of you: You are the Job-senders, the Job-seekers, the Facebook-likers, and the Re-tweeters that really make Archives Gig the community tool that I always wanted it to be. Thank you all for taking the time to send me a job or spread the word about a cool-looking posting. I’ve talked to several people who found a position through Archives Gig, or they hired someone awesome after posting here, and each of those stories truly warms my whole heart. Thank you for being part of this wonderful community, and this amazing profession!

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, I wish you all the best!

Meredith

Vacation Break – 9/2 through 9/13

Hi, Folks,

I’m doing my second annual BWCA camping trip later this week and all through next week. There are lots of loons in the northwoods, but no internet! If you send me a job within this date span, I will be happy to post it when I return on Monday, September 14th. If you’re looking for a job, I suggest checking out the resources listed in my About page.

Best Wishes,

Meredith

Spontaneous Scholarships for SAA 2015 – Still time to donate or apply!

Kate Theimer over at ArchivesNext has been coordinating the Spontaneous Scholarship program: she’s raised over $30,000 over the last four years, and is working on year five now! This is a way for archivists to help other archivists through crowdfunding. The SAA annual meeting can be very expensive, and your generous donation can help your colleagues and soon-to-be-colleagues attend the meeting.

If you have the resources and inclination, please consider donating to this scholarship fund.

If you need a little financial help to attend the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, you can find instructions for applying for a spontaneous scholarship here.

Tag merge update

Hi All,

Thanks for voting on the proposed tag change last week. Based on your input, I’m merging the “entry level” and 1-2 years of experience” tag into one tag: 0-2 years of experience.

I appreciate your time and input!

Meredith

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness – For New and Not-So-New Archivists

Now that it’s graduation season (congratulations, new grads!), I’d like to plug some info that may be useful to you – whether you’re a new grad or not. This is the time that student loan repayments start coming due, so I’m spreading the word about this, a program that not enough people know of:

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. If you have federal student loans, you may be eligible for this federal program. You also need to be employed at least 30 hours per week at a federal, state, or local government agency, entity, or organization or a not-for-profit organization that has been designated as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

There is a wide net of jobs that qualify for this program. It encompasses many higher education institutions, museums, organizations, and other types of employers that archivists, librarians, and other info professionals work for. Many of the types of jobs I post on this very site fall into the employer categories stated above. So, if you have this type of loan and this type of job, if you sign up for the PSLF program and make 120 qualifying payments (translating to 10 years’ worth of consecutive monthly payments), the remaining balance of your qualifying student loans is forgiven.

The PSLF may or may not make sense for you given your personal situation, but check it out, and share with others who might find this information useful. Your financial aid office may have someone on staff who can help you with information about this program, or just check the website linked above and do your own research. You do not need to be a recent grad to participate in the PSLF program.

As a personal note, I’m participating in the PSLF program right now. In my experience it does take a bit of time to research the program, consolidate loans, and get the paperwork filled out, but once that’s done you just have a couple of forms to file annually.