The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) is seeking two City College of New York undergraduate students for the RAC-CCNY Internship Program. The interns will be placed at either the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY or CCNY Libraries - Archives and Special Collections Division. The intern will also have an opportunity to experience the broad range of archival and digital humanities work in a professional setting.
This is a paid position. Students may also opt to register for three-hours of course credit. The intern will be required to work 12-15 hours per week for a total of 180 hours. Free shuttle transportation to and from the Tarrytown train station is offered for any necessary or required travel to the RAC, as is Metro North train fare.
Marissa Vassari, Archivist & Educator at the RAC, is the program coordinator and will be on-site supervisor for the intern placed at the RAC. For the intern placed at the CCNY Libraries, Ms. Vassari will coordinate with the intern’s on-site designated supervisor. The intern’s works schedule, in terms of which days and hours you would be available to fulfill your hours will be discussed and approved at the start of the internship.
Minimally, the candidate must be an enrolled undergraduate student at the City College of New York. Interns at the RAC are expected to work during the assigned hours, as agreed upon with the internship program coordinator. They are expected to demonstrate professional demeanor and to deliver entry level professional work.
RAC-CCNY Internship Objectives:
- To support the missions of both institutions
- To offer opportunities for professional growth
- To empower students to take ownership of projects
To enable students, through exposure to archival standards, to become more discerning consumers of digital content
General Internship Criteria:
- There will be weekly check-in meetings with the internship program coordinator.
- Interns will be responsible for discrete projects rooted in digital humanities and archival work.
- Interns will document their work and internship experience throughout the semester.
- Interns will be included in selected events and meetings when possible.
- For the intern placed at CCNY, they will be provided with opportunities to participate in RAC activities.
Examples of Possible Internship Projects:
- Archival research and content creation for Research and Education digital projects
- Processing an archival collection and creating a finding aid
- Developing a preservation plan for at-risk archival material
- Creating audio visual inventories
- Creating infographics and digitally packaging educational resources
- Creating and narrating an exhibit of archival material
The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller University. Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line. The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
RAC Organizational Framework:
The Rockefeller Archive Center is headed by Jack Meyers, President, James Allen Smith, Vice President, Bob Clark, Director of Archives, and Barb Shubinski, Director of Research & Education.
Marissa Vassari, Archivist & Educator, will serve as the internship program coordinator.
RAC program areas:
- Collections Management
- Research and Education
- A letter explaining your interest in the internship
- The application letter should also indicate whether you prefer to be placed at the RAC or at the CCNY Libraries and Archive and Special Collections Division.
The deadline for Fall 2020 internships is May 1.