Internships: Archives

Archives Internships

Internships are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications for college-credit internships must be submitted at least 30 days before the semester starts, and supervisor approval may be required. Submitting an application does not necessarily guarantee that an internship will be granted. Staff will do their best to work with you and determine if the schedule and space will allow for a specified number of internships each semester. You may contact Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl with any questions (click here to email her) or call with questions: 330-833-4061 x113. We look forward to working with you!

Send your resume and cover letter by email or mail to:
Internships Attn: MassMu Archives
Massillon Museum
121 Lincoln Way E.
Massillon, OH 44646

Prior to the start of the project internship, interns will receive training with the Archivist for handling artifacts, creation of finding aids, photography, scanning, use of Photoshop, and other skills. Interns must have a basic understanding and ability to use computers, internet searching, and Microsoft Word or similar program.

All internships are eligible for college credit. Please contact your advisor first to inquire, and Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond to learn more.  Suggested schedule is at least 2 half days (4 hours each) or 1-2 full days (6-8 hours each). Many college programs require 100 hours or more spread out over the 15-week semester.

General Archives Internships:

Oral Histories
Transcribe interviews with local figures, conduct new interviews, digitize oral histories onto CD and into digital documents for use in-house and online.

To preview oral history interviews, visit our online podcasts.

Archival Collections Processing
Aid the Archivist with scanning, inventorying, and rehousing archival documents. These include everything from Civil War letters to local school records, and everything in between related to Massillon history.

To preview our archival holdings, please visit our Virtual Exhibits.

Photography Collection Scanning
The Massillon Museum has over 60,000 photographs in its collection. Archivist Mandy Pond is seeking an intern to assist in digitizing photographs. This includes negatives, slides, photo prints, and glass plate negatives. Experience in using Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and digital cameras are preferred, but training is available.

To preview our photography collection, please visit our Virtual Exhibits.


Specific Archives Projects Internships 2016:

History of Stark County Book & Pamphlet Scanning
The Massillon Museum preserves thousands of books in the Velma B. Erwin Research Library which provide valuable information about this area and our early town history. Many of these books are one-of-a-kind history publications, and some are small-run local printings. Interns will scan these books with a special scanner that turns these scans into searchable PDFs. Intern will process these digital documents, making them accessible to internal staff and the public via our virtual archives website, and create finding aids and inventories of these publications.

“General” Jacob Coxey Archives
The Massillon Museum preserves thousands of photographs, documents, and newspaper clippings dealing with Jacob Coxey’s extensive political career and his famous 1894 march on Washington D.C. when he presented public works ideals that would become FDR’s New Deal projects in the 1930s. These nationally significant artifacts are in high demand with researchers.  Coxey and the Massillon Museum were featured on the Travel Channel’s program “Mysteries at the Museum” in 2015. The Intern will scan significant letters, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. These digital files will be uploaded as virtual exhibits and archival collections for public use and research.
Massillon Business Archives
This Intern will inventory certain business-related archives including newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, business cards, and small advertisements, and add the existing 3-D artifact inventories. The intern will create a finding aid for staff and the public, and create a virtual archives resource to assist the public in locating business-related artifacts and archives. Some artifacts will be scanned or photographed, and all artifacts will be added to our collections database.
Newspaper Collection Digitization
The Massillon Museum preserves hundreds of newspapers, some of which are one-of-a-kind.  This intern will have to use great care in moving and digitizing these artifacts page by page to create a searchable digital file. These digital files will then be added to our online resources and virtual archives.





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