Major General James Milnor Roberts and Priscilla Roberts Internship

Special Collections and College Archives is seeking a Gettysburg College student interested in working with World War II primary source materials in Special Collections and College Archives. This internship is named for Major General J. Milnor Roberts and Priscilla Bruce Roberts. Major General Roberts was a WWII Army combat veteran who participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

In honor of Major Roberts’ service and interest in American history, the duties for the inaugural Roberts intern include examining and creating an inventory for a large WWII collection of mixed materials possibly including photographs, printed material, and artifacts; conducting historical research to provide context to the collection materials; and writing summaries of the research to be used in the archival catalog.

Scheduled work hours will be weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm and/or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-9 pm. We will provide training on handling and description of archival collection materials. Intern will be expected to conduct historical research with limited supervision.

When: Spring semester, 2024 

Begins: The third full week in February 2024

Hours: 6-10/week

Pay: $10.25/hour

Supervisor:  Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Inventory collection and create a processing plan for it
  • Research collection materials using sources accessible at Musselman Library
  • Write historical, biographical, and descriptive information to be included in our ArchivesSpace catalog entry for the collection

 Required skills:

  • Having completed at least one semester of coursework at Gettysburg College
  • Expressed interest in historical research with primary sources
  • Experience in conducting historical research as demonstrated by the application of research skills to a topic or question in an academic, professional, or volunteer setting
  • Effective organizational skills as applied to the gathering and analysis of historical information
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an independent researcher
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time, finish tasks, and see a project to completion

Evaluation process: The intern will participate in a mid-semester check-in and end-of-semester performance review with the supervisor. 

Application process

  • Applications are due through Handshake (Job 8572806) on February 4, 2024, by 11:59 p.m.

  • When posting is available check Handshake to apply.
  • Submit a copy of your resume including past work or volunteer experience and/or course projects.
  • Submit a letter indicating your specific interests in this internship and your experience in historical research from Gettysburg College coursework or elsewhere.
  • Include the name and contact information of one reference who can speak to your research, organizational, and communication skills.
  • All completed application materials submitted through Handshake on or before the deadline will be evaluated by the Special Collections and College Archives search committee members.
  • Up to four potential candidates will be selected from all applicants for interviews.
  • Interviews will take place with Special Collections staff, and our intern will be selected from those invited to interview.

For questions, please contact Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist,

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