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Elizabeth M and P.T. Reilly Internship 2017

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

The 2017 Reilly intern will work closely with Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits focused on the life and photographic work of Flagstaff photographer Sue Bennett (1948-2003).  Bennett moved to Flagstaff in the mid-1970s because of her love of the Southwest and to attend NAU; she graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science. She subsequently became a well-known and highly successful commercial photographer at the regional, national, and international levels. In addition to her significant talent, Bennett fostered other local photographers’ creativity and built community with fellow Flagstaff artists.

In 2013 John Running, Bennett’s long-time partner, donated her work to Special Collections and Archives. Approximately 150,000 color slides, black-and-white negatives/prints, and prints form the bulk of the collection.  Detailed diaries and journals provide additional contextual insight into her work and personal life.

The department envisions the exhibit as a contextual and intimate chronology of Bennett’s life through the progression of her photography. A careful balance between photographs as objects of art and as sources of meaningful context will underpin the exhibit.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2017 Reilly intern will assume primary responsibility for the virtual (web-based) exhibit.  The intern will also provide 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:

*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 select a preferred ten-week block between May 15 – August 8, 2017.  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 https://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 2017 or later. Undergraduate (junior or senior) students are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

*Strong ability to write creatively while employing advanced research skills
*Demonstrated experience with web design
*Advanced communication skills (oral, written)
*Familiarity with video and audio software tools, HTML editing, and the Adobe Creative Suites products
*Ability to work as part of a team
*Basic experience with Microsoft Office products

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

*Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
*Understanding of photographic and print making processes
*Familiarity with archival practice

Application Deadline:  February 17, 2017.  To apply, submit the following documents to:  Peter Runge, NAU Cline Library, Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ  86011-6022 or email Peter.Runge@nau.edu:

*Résumé or vita
*Letter of application addressing your qualifications, including hyperlinks to any previous online exhibits or products that you may have created/designed
*Copy of current transcript
*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 7 million manuscripts, 1 million photographs, 35,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories.  Learn more at http://archive.library.nau.edu.

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 and diverse student population and is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and Employer of National Service.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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