Fortenbaugh Special Collections Internship

The Special Collections Department of Musselman Library invites juniors and seniors to submit applications for the Robert '44 and Esther Kenyon Fortenbaugh '46 Spring 2014 Internship. While this internship is open to all students regardless of major, it offers exceptional opportunities to students of history or related disciplines who wish to gain firsthand experience in archives and public history.

Special Collections holdings include a variety of materials including rare books, letters, diaries, photographs, historic maps, artifacts, oral histories, and art. It is the home of the Gettysburg College Archives, which includes documents and publications related to the history of the College. Special Collections has an extensive collection of Civil War materials and local history as well as notable named collections including the Stephen H. Warner Southeast Asia Photograph Collection, the Stuckenberg Map Collection and the Asian Art Collection.

The Fortenbaugh Intern should expect to spend six to eight hours per week in Special Collections when classes are in session. This internship carries a stipend ($8.50 per hour, 6-8 hours per week, 14 weeks). The Special Collections staff will make every effort to tailor the internship duties to the talents and interests of the intern. A few examples of the work an intern might engage in:

  • Assist with processing new accessions by rehousing and organizing records or manuscript collections and preparing finding aids.
  • Assist with reference service by providing research assistance to Special Collections patrons.
  • Assist with GettDigital projects by creating digital content and metadata, working with the CONTENTdm database.
  • Assist with the conservation of books and other paper based materials.

APPLICATION DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ANNOUNCED UNTIL OCTOBER 2014

To apply, please submit a letter indicating your interest in the position, your education and/or career goals, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references (references should be faculty members who can tell us about you and your work in the classroom, and/or your supervisor in a campus job or other relevant job). Please be specific about why you would like to be an intern in Special Collections & College Archives.

Once deadline is announced, email application materials to: Amy Lucadamo, Archivist, Musselman Library, Box 420 or alucadam@gettysburg.edu.

Want to know what our internships are really like? Read Blogging the Library, an online journal by our recent Fortenbaugh Interns.