Archives Internship Programs

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives Internship program was created in 2005 to provide practical archival work experience to middle schools, high schools, undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the preservation and use of original source materials, pursuing a career in the archival profession, or using archival materials for research. The programs are designed to provide interns with hands-on training regarding the survey, accessioning, processing, arrangement and description, preservation, and use of archival materials. The program is supervised by the Chief Archivist and includes information relating to the educational requirements and employment opportunities in the archival profession; information relating to appropriate workplace conduct, work habits, time management, job performance, and job-readiness skills; use of primary source materials; preservation of family records; and information related to employment in the archival profession. The Archives Internship Programs comprises of the following specific components: 
 
 

The Archives Middle School Internship Program 


The Archives Middle School Internship Program accepts applications from middle schools students who are interested in learning about the preservation of archival materials and the use of primary source material for research. The program is supplemented by a limited mentoring program which provides participants with information about high school readiness admission requirements, entrance exams; and professional careers. Interns acquire invaluable work experience that is not easily available at other workplaces. The Dominican Archives host high school interns during the summer and academic year with some success. Middle School interns are required to write and submit a short essay describing their work and learning experiences acquired during the internship at the end of their stay.

 

The High School Internship Program


The High School Internship Program accepts applications from High Schools students who are interested in learning about the preservation of archival materials and the use of primary source material for research. The program is supplemented by a limited mentoring program which provides participants with information about college readiness such as college admission requirements, entrance exams, college essays, scholarship opportunities; available financial aid as well as professional careers. Interns acquire invaluable work experience that is not easily available at other workplaces. The Dominican Archives has hosted high school interns during the summer and academic year with some success. High School interns are required to write and submit a short essay describing their work and learning experiences related to the internship at the end of their stay.

 

The Undergraduate Internship Program


The Undergraduate Internship Program operates on a year-round basis. Candidates for this program are selected from The City College of New York federal Work-Study Program; volunteers and college assistants; and from other colleges and universities undergraduate programs. The internship program includes a mentoring component consisting of providing information pertinent to their field of study; information about the availability of scholarships and fellowships; professional development; job-readiness skills;     employment opportunities, the job interviewing process and recommendations for graduate school and employment. They are also encouraged to use primary source materials from the Dominican Archives or other local archival institutions for their college papers or assignments. 

 

The Archives Graduate School Internship Program


The Archives Graduate School Internship Program recruits candidates from library and information science graduate schools that have a concentration in archives studies or records management concentration. Graduate archives students have the opportunity to combine their academic education with practical archival experience provided by the Chief Archivist who is a highly experienced archives professional. The graduate interns share the recent developments in the archival profession with other interns and archives staff. Graduate interns may receive college credits for their internship at the Dominican Archives depending on their institutional internships programs.

 

The Archives Mentoring Program


The internship programs are supplemented by a limited mentoring program which provides participants with information about college readiness such as college admission requirements, entrance exams, college essays, scholarships opportunities; available financial aid as well professional careers. Interns acquire invaluable work experience that is not easily available at other workplaces. However, the mentoring program depends on the limited time available of the Mentor and interest of the mentee. 

 

Application Deadline


Our internship calendar is divided into three academic year cycles: spring, summer, and fall. We accept applications for the Archives Internship Programs on these periods: 

 

Internship Periods


Spring: January-May (application deadline: November 1) 
Summer: June-August (application deadline: January 30)
Fall: September-December (application deadline: June 1)
We do not accept applications that are sent after the above deadlines.
Applicants will be notified by email of decision.

 

Application Procedure


All applications must be sent via email. To apply, please send a letter of intent, a CV, and a brief project proposal (for graduate internships only) to:

Idilio Gracia Peña, Chief Archivist
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives
  igraciap@ccny.cuny.edu