Work on women’s issues, past, present, and future
We are now seeking interns for the Summer of 2017! 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 and improve intellectual access to the NWP collection.
In 2020, the United States will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The NWP and its partners will celebrate through nationwide programs, exhibitions, scholarly publications, and new digital resources. The intern will work with staff to prepare collections materials for these new initiatives and assist with a variety of collections stewardship projects and tasks.
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 Deputy 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
As part of the National Woman’s Party’s efforts to increase access to its important collection, the Museum is improving the quality and quantity of collections records housed in the Past Perfect system and made available through the Past Perfect Online system. Interns will gain career-relevant experience and work closely with the Director of Collections and Collections Consultant to conduct research and update object and archival records, through means of data entry and digitization. Duties may include:
- Examine and update metadata guidelines as needed and provide updated recommendations on digitization practices
- Prepare descriptive summaries, assign subject and name access points, perform research for authority files, and review catalog records for accuracy
- Participate in the digitization process for varied materials, including preparation and scanning of materials; creating descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata; and applying watermarks and other controls to the images
- Design and create documentation and reports from the Past Perfect system
- Prepare documentation for training
Collections Education and Outreach
The internship will involve working with the Deputy Director and Visitor Services Manager to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in the areas of collections, education and programs, and social media and digital outreach. 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.
Possible projects may include:
- Working with the staff and Marketing Consultant to develop social media and digital 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 for sharing on the organization’s digital channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and blog.
- Working with staff to develop/propose social media content that explores and highlights the on-site programs and visitor experiences.
- Conducting research relating to women’s suffrage through individual projects that develop or make recommendations for programs, interpretive materials/curricula, or digital content. Possible projects might focus on
- Connections between the NWP collection and the Ann Lewis Women’s Suffrage Collection
- The #CircleofSuffrage project – a digital initiative to expand the suffrage story and collaborate with outside suffrage collections
- A relevant subject area of the intern’s choice
- Conduct outreach to and develop relationships with institutions and scholars for the Equal Rights Centennial Project to distribute the Museum’s excess copies of the Equal Rights (1923-1954) magazine
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, Deputy 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 movement 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.