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We have internships available for Summer 2018. Read more and apply today!
The National Woman’s Party, located at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument on Capitol Hill, is currently looking for interns who will support collections stewardship activities, public programs planning, and digital outreach and strategy in order to promote NWP history and its relevance to the ongoing fight for women’s equality.
Several stipend-based internships are offered each semester (fall, summer, and spring) to graduate and undergraduate students. Internships are part-time, 16 hours per week, Mondays and Tuesdays preferred. A taxable stipend is awarded with the internship.
Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference is usually given to students with experience in museums, library science, archives, public history, or digital media. Applicants may also be recently retired and/or recently employed in the mentioned fields. Knowledge of archival policies and procedures is preferred. Must be well-organized and detailed-oriented, have a professional attitude, strong written and verbal skills, and have ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently. Interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.
This internship includes working with the Director and the Collections Management Consultant to gain hands-on experience in basic collections management practices, including object inventory, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, processing incoming objects, object storage and rehousing, condition reporting and object documentation, and other duties that contribute to the stewardship of the collection.
Possible projects may include:
- Identify, assess, catalog, and rehouse items from the NWP Textile Collection (existing knowledge, skills, or training in a subject area relevant to this project preferred).
- Archival collections: identify, arrange, describe, and create finding aids or inventories for unprocessed collections
- Assist with annual inventory of collection and improve object documentation
- Catalog objects in the collection
- Conduct research for upcoming exhibitions
- Assist researchers onsite and assist with responding to online research requests
- Perform weekly inspections to check for changes in condition due to environmental conditions, biological activity, and dust; carry out routine collections maintenance tasks
- Assist with larger deaccessioning and acquisition projects
- Assist with metadata management, such as examining and updating guidelines, providing recommendations on digitization practices, participating in the digitization process for varied materials, and designing and creating documentation and reports from the PastPerfect system.
Digital Media & Public Programs
The internship will involve working with the Interpretation & Digital Media Manager and the Public Programs Manager to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in the areas of research, interpretation, digital outreach, and public programs planning and management. The internship will also provide opportunities for professional learning and networking, access to readings and resources of interest, and the chance to work alongside staff members and organizational partners. Some availability on nights and weekends is required to assist with public programs.
Possible projects may include:
- Working with the Interpretation & Digital Media Manager to develop digital media campaigns, and a broader digital strategy.
- Working with the staff to access and research collections and propose projects for sharing/interpreting images, stories, and other educational content online.
- Drafting and editing educational and marketing content in collaboration with other staff to share through the organization’s digital channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and blog.
- Assisting with the planning and content curation for the launch of the organization’s Instagram account.
- Working with staff to develop/propose social media content that explores and highlights on-site programs and visitor experiences.
- Assisting the Public Programs Manager with planning and day-of logistics for public programs, including the monthly Equality Salon panel series, and open houses & events during Women’s History Month in March.
- Conducting research related to the women’s rights movement through projects that develop or make recommendations for programs, interpretive materials/curricula, or digital content.
How to Apply
Application packages must include all of the following to receive consideration:
- Cover letter
- Resume or curriculum vitae detailing your experience, career interests, and internship goals
- List of 3 references
Send complete package by email (no direct mail) to the attention of Jennifer Krafchik, Acting Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
The National Woman’s Party is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply. The National Woman’s Party is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
About the NWP
The National Woman’s Party (NWP) at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument is the premiere women’s history site in Washington, D.C. and the oldest house on Capitol Hill, dating back to 1799. For more than sixty years, the trail-blazing National Woman’s Party (NWP) utilized the strategic location of the house to lobby for women’s political, social, and economic equality. This National Monument houses an extensive collection of suffrage banners, archives and artifacts documenting the continuing effort by women and men of all races, religions and backgrounds to win voting rights and equality for women under the law. Today, the museum holds the only intact political collection that documents both the woman suffrage and women’s rights movements in the 20th century, which is critical for the ongoing academic study of women’s political organizing and activities. The collection contains more than 30,000 books, periodicals, scrapbooks, political cartoons, textiles, photographs, organizational records, fine arts, decorative arts, and artifacts produced primarily by women, about women.