Intern will work with the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Archivist to process and catalog records related to permitted archeological research projects as well as park operations and management. Duties include: assisting with appraisal and arrangement of paper and digital archival records, cataloging using the Dept. of the Interior’s Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) according to professional and NPS standards, and creation of finding aids. Intern will work with the evolving digital preservation program. Other duties include assisting with research requests, digitization of materials for preservation and access, preparation of photographic materials for cold storage, and catalog data correction and improvement. Must be able to lift boxes up to 35 lbs. Candidates should have some experience in archival work or serious demonstrated interest; graduate student/recent grad with MA or MLIS preferred. Background in History, Anthropology or Native American Studies preferred. Position will be based at the Chaco curatorial facility on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, NM. Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the intern. (1200 hours)
Please be aware that, unless otherwise noted, interns are responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location. In some cased the supervising office may offer housing or be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodations. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required for all positions if you are chosen for that position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about those requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the deadline for submission has passed, NCPE’s staff will process applications and forward them to the supervisors at the many NPS sites and offices requesting an intern. Supervisors will review the applications and contact applicants for a phone interview. Please allow 6-8 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.
HOW TO APPLY The application is available in Adobe Acrobat. Description: get Adobe Reader. To submit your application, please scan your materials and email them as a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing both the signed application and the two most recent years of your academic transcripts to the Co-Director of NCPE’s Internship Program, Julee Johnson (email: email@example.com). Applications that include a resume, writing sample (other than the required essay), portfolio, or other documents are not acceptable. Please adhere to the single .pdf format requirements; your application will be rejected if it is not received in this form. Name the file with your name in this format: Lastname, Firstname NCPE Summer19. Due to the large number of applications received, please keep your file under 5 MB or compress it to meet this limit. Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
3 tips for completing a successful application
Type your application. The easier it is to read by site supervisors, many of who are reading dozens of applications, the more it will stand out. This is especially true of the required short essay.
Plan your application. Treat it as a series of questions with a single purpose, to convince a NPS employee that you want an internship for a particular reason. Writing that you seek “General experience in your chosen field” isn’t specific enough; be explicit about why this internship will help your professional or academic career. Don’t forget to explain what you will bring to the position in the way of skills and/or experience.
Reread your application. Have someone else read it for you to help catch any misspellings, unfilled fields, or incomplete answers.
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About National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) museum program is charged with providing professional stewardship for more than 42 million objects and specimens and 52,400 linear feet of archives. These collections have unique associations with park cultural and natural resources, eminent figures, and park histories. Diverse collections support scientific studies, resource studies, and planning documents. They provide the foundation of park interpretation and education programs. They document and confirm the administrative histories of park units and the relationships with park stakeholders, and they provide the raw material for future studies by park and public researchers.
The Chaco Culture National Historical Park museum collection contains approximately one million artifacts from over 120 sites in Chaco Canyon and the surrounding region. Because most of the artifacts were systematically collected and documented, the collections are extremely valuable for scientific studies.
The Chaco Archive contains documentation from over 100 years of excavation in Chaco Canyon, including approximately 300 linear feet of records, 30,000 photographs, 7,000 color slides, 600 glass lantern slides, 2,000 maps, 1,000 manuscripts, field notes, reports, and electronic records.