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Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Internship Announcement

Changing the Entrance Sign to Campus from Arizona State College to Northern Arizona University, May 1, 1966. NAU.ARC.1966-1-1

Changing the Entrance Sign to Campus from Arizona State College to Northern Arizona University, May 1, 1966. NAU.ARC.1966-1-1

Northern Arizona University

Cline Library

Archival Internship Announcement

Summer 2016 Reilly Internship

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

The 2016 Reilly intern works closely with Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits celebrating the institution’s 50th anniversary as a university. The library is seeking a highly motivated and organized student to serve as the curator of the exhibit. The intern will draw on the vast and rich resources housed in the University Archives, which are part of Special Collections and Archives.

Northern Arizona University was founded as Northern Arizona Normal School in 1899 in the then small northern Arizona town of Flagstaff. It opened its doors with two faculty (one of whom was the president) and 13 students. The institution grew over the next 67 years and became a university on May 1, 1966. The last fifty years have seen unprecedented development as an institution of higher learning and physical campus growth. Currently the university student population is nearly 26,000 residential and online students.

The University Archives contain over 2 million items, including photographs, oral histories, moving images, reports, correspondence, yearbooks and academic catalogs, student newspapers, and other publications. The records document the following areas: presidential tenures, administrative records, athletics, staff and faculty, and student organizations and activities. Some resources can be accessed through the Arizona Archives Online, as well as the digital NAU Archives collection.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2016 Reilly intern assumes primary responsibility for the virtual (web-based) exhibit.  The intern provides significant support for development of the physical exhibit, from its interpretive text to design and fabrication.

The internship offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in:

  • Research
    • Synthesis of primary and published sources
  • Exhibit Planning (team-based project management)
    • 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 is scheduled 40 hours per week for ten consecutive weeks. The successful candidate will select a preferred ten-week block between June 6 – August 19, 2016.  The workweek schedule offers some flexibility.

Stipend and Housing:  $4,500 (no benefits included) total.  The Reilly intern is 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 2016 or later.  Undergraduate (junior or senior) applied indigenous studies, geography, history, 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, web-responsive tools such as Bootstrap, and the Adobe Design Premium software suite

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
  • Demonstrated success working with visual materials and creating exhibits using archival material
  • Knowledge of higher education institutions from an administrative and student perspective.

Application Deadline:  February 12, 2016.  To apply, submit the following documents as a single .pdf to:  Peter Runge, NAU Cline Library, Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ  86011-6022:

  • 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 via email at peter.runge@nau.edu or phone at (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 12 million manuscripts, 1 million photographs, 55,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories.  Learn more at http://nau.edu/library/archives .

Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 26,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 67,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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