Thursday, May 20, 2010

Internship - Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives

Job: Summer Internship - Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives

Position: Summer Intern

Job Location: Woody Guthrie Archives, Mount Kisco, NY.

Salary: All summer internships at the Woody Guthrie Archives are unpaid.

Job Description: The Woody Guthrie Archives seeks to hire a maximum of two summer interns to work on a variety of independent and collaborative projects. This internship seeks to provide students who are currently pursuing a Master of Library Science (MLS) or some related variation, or who have recently graduated, with summer work experience in the field of Archives Management.

Tasks will be assigned dependent on the interns skills and interests, and may include the following:

· Processing a collection of vintage folk music and related posters

· Cataloguing an historic collection of two thousand record albums

· Accessioning folk music periodicals into an existing collection

· Processing a small collection of personal papers

· Website development and content upgrade

· Providing reference assistance to in-house researchers

· Transcription of original Woody Guthrie lyrics

· Accessioning new materials into the Archives

· Assisting Archivist with licensing, copy requests, and other Archival duties.
Internships run for a 10-week period from late-May through July 2010. The duration of Summer Internships vary depending upon the applicants’ availability; however, a minimum commitment of four weeks is required for all internships.

Job Requirements: Qualified applicants will possess an academic or practical background in Archives or History. A strong academic record combined with previous Archival experience, including arrangement and description of Archival materials, is preferred. An appreciation for or knowledge of American Folk Music is beneficial. Current students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and detail oriented with effective written and verbal communication skills. A resume and cover letter are required for application. Please include days/hours of availability in your cover letter and contact information for three references at the end of your resume.

Contact Information: Please email complete applications to Tiffany Colannino at by May 4th, 2010.

Repository Description: Established in 1996, the Woody Guthrie Archives holds the largest collection of Woody Guthrie material in the world, and has provided source material for many award winning publications, special projects, exhibitions, and films. Most recently, the Woody Guthrie Archives assisted in the production of the 2008 Grammy Award winning recording “The Live Wire” which features a never-before-heard 1949 live Guthrie performance that the Archives received as a donation in the late-1990s.

The Archives contains over 15,000 items including original song lyrics, notebooks and diaries, manuscripts, correspondence, personal papers, artwork, films, and audio recordings which document Guthrie’s life and artistry as musician, writer, illustrator, and political activist.

Additional information about the Woody Guthrie Archives can be found by visiting:
Tiffany Colannino
Woody Guthrie Archives

125-131 East Main Street, Suite 200
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
T: (914) 864-1789
F: (914) 864-1790