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Apply for Graduate Archival Internship by January 31

January 9, 2020

The Detroit Historical Society is proud to announce the new Philip P. Mason graduate archival internship. This is a semester-long paid internship for the Spring-Summer 2020, created in partnership with the Prismatic Foundation. The internship is named in honor of the founding director of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Urban and Labor Affairs, long-time WSU history professor Phil Mason.

This internship is open solely to graduate students at Wayne State University wishing to gain practical experience in archival practices and management. To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled in a relevant track (i.e., history, public history, information science, archival management, anthropology, urban studies, etc.), and have their advisor's approval for the appropriate class credit.

While this is an archival internship, the appropriate candidate should also have interest in the workings of a public history organization. The program will involve research, writing, cataloging, digital image capture, and interpretation. Internship supervisor is Joel Stone, DHS Senior Curator, with supplementary instruction provided by a variety of archival and curatorial staff. The bulk of activity will take place at the Collections Resource Center (CRC) located at Historic Fort Wayne. This position pays the student $15 per hour up to 130 hours, with funding provided by the Prismatic Foundation and the Detroit Historical Society.

To apply for this position, please send the following to Joel Stone, Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202:

  • Cover letter explaining current course of study, related experience and reason for interest in the internship
  • One letter or recommendtion, ideally from an advisor or instructor
  • The deadline for application is 4 p.m. EST, Friday, January 31, 2020. Applications received after that time will not be considered.