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2015 Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship Announcement

Northern Arizona University

Cline Library

Archival Internship Announcement


Summer 2015 Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Internship

The Cline Library at Northern Arizona University invites applications for The Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship.

The 2015 Reilly intern will work closely with Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits focused on the Fred Harvey Company and its operations in northern Arizona and the greater Southwest. The Fred Harvey Company chain of restaurants and hotels was closely associated with railroad’s westward expansion in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Fred Harvey Company influenced the Southwest region economically through the development of tourism; the promotion of Native American arts; and of course, through its restaurants, hotels, food service, and the famous “Harvey Girls.”

The Cline Library’s Fred Harvey Collection (MS 280) covers the period from the1930s to the 1990s. It’s comprised of 24 linear feet of manuscript material; 24 framed posters, drawings and related material; 2,000 images; 32 blueprints and building drawings; and 3 moving images. The collection contains rich historical gems, including Mary Jane Colter blueprints, images of the Fred Harvey operations, business records, and menus from Santa Fe Railway passenger trains and many Harvey House restaurants. View the finding aid for the collection or selections from the Fred Harvey Collection in the Colorado Plateau Archives.

The exhibit will examine the variety of tourism experiences made available by the Fred Harvey Company and the company’s influence on the region yesterday and today. It will also highlight the artistry of the Fred Harvey Company that is demonstrated in its buildings, architecture, and food service.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2015 Reilly intern will assume primary responsibility for the development and fabrication of both virtual (web-based) and physical exhibits.

The internship offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in:

  • Research
    • Synthesis of primary and published sources
  • Exhibit Planning (team-based)
    • Storyline development and content interpretation
    • Web page design, creation, and digital storytelling
  • Public speaking (presentation to library staff upon completion of the internship)

The Reilly intern will work 40 hours per week for ten consecutive weeks. The successful candidate will work the ten-week block between June 1 – August 7, 2015. The workweek schedule offers some flexibility.

Stipend and Housing: $4,500 (no benefits included) total. The Reilly intern will be paid in bi-weekly installments to reach the total of $4,500. On-campus housing is subject to availability. For more information, please consult http://nau.edu/Residence-Life/Housing-Options/Summer-Housing/ (.) Renting a room in the community is also a possibility. The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Flagstaff for ten weeks and underwrite his or her own food, lodging, transportation to work, and parking.

 Qualifications: The preferred candidate will be a graduate student in information science or museum studies working toward a career in a library, museum, or archives setting. Graduate students should be currently part of a program with an anticipated completion date of August/September 2015 or later. Undergraduate (junior or senior) applied indigenous studies, geography, history, hotel and restaurant management, and anthropology students are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Strong ability to write creatively while employing advanced research skills
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with archival practice
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Basic understanding of web design
  • Familiarity with video and audio software tools, HTML editing, Bootstrap, and the Adobe Design Premium software suite

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
  • Demonstrated experience success creating exhibits
  • Project management experience

Application Deadline: March 06, 2015. To apply, submit the following documents to: Peter Runge, NAU Cline Library, Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022 or peter.runge@nau.edu:

  • Letter of application addressing your qualifications
  • Résumé or vita
  • Copy of current transcript
  • A writing sample in the form of a 250-word historical sketch of a personal life event
  • Names and contact information for three references

For more information, contact Peter Runge at peter.runge@nau.edu or (928) 523-6502.

The mission of Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department is to collect, preserve, and make available archival materials that document the history and development of the Colorado Plateau. Interdisciplinary in nature, the collections include 7 million manuscripts, 1 million photographs, 55,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories. Learn more at http://nau.edu/library/archives .

Flagstaff is a city of 67,000 at the base of the San Francisco Peaks surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Approximately 80 miles from Grand Canyon and 140 miles from Phoenix, Flagstaff enjoys a four-season climate at an elevation of 7,000 feet. NAU has a growing diverse student population and is committed to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


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