The USOC Archives work to ensure that irreplaceable items pertaining to the Olympics and US Olympic Athletes are preserved as well as archiving the official records of the USOC. An internship with the USOC Archives offers occupational experience designed to complement your formal academic training in archival or museum studies. The internship will afford students the opportunity to acquire skills and experience outside the traditional academic setting. Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience that will be beneficial to both students and our organization.
The intern assists the Archivist and Historic Steward in performing a broad range of basic archival functions such as processing, preservation, and reference work involving the records of the US Olympic Committee, athletes, and the Olympic movement in the United States. In addition, the intern assists the Archivist in the care, preservation, and conservation of artifacts in the USOC collection.
The intern will gain experience in digital imaging and description of collections, basic preservation techniques, accession procedures and collections management using the software program Past Perfect.
Students should have an interest in pursuing a career in Archival Studies, Museum Management, or Historic Preservation. Experience relevant to the care, preservation, and conservation of artifacts is desired. Good writing, research and organizational skills; familiarity with the Internet, digital imaging and data entry; and knowledge of Windows and Past Perfect is helpful.
Typical internships require 770 to 790 hours of work over the course of one semester. The USOC does not award college credits. Students should arrange for credits through their college.
DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Maintain proper care and maintenance of all documents, photographs and artifacts handled.
Create & prepare descriptive information on textual records, photographs and artifacts (indexes, catalogs, finding aids, photos, negatives, folders, etc.).
Prepare artifacts for preservation and conservation including textile care procedures.
Prepare textual and/or photographic material for preservation work.
Communicate regularly with supervisor as to concerns or issues arising from current project.
Ensure the goals and policies of the USOC archives are promoted and adhered to.
Assist archivist in responding to reference requests from staff or outside sources.
QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED :
Interest in pursuing a career in Archival Studies, Museum Management, Historic Preservation or History
Basic computer skills
Good writing, research, and organizational skills
Flexible to changing situation
Able to work independently as well as in a group environment
Able to accept supervision
Ability to perform repetitive tasks and detail oriented
Good organizational skills
Familiarity with the Internet, digital imaging, and data entry; and knowledge of Windows, and Past Perfect is desired
Experience relevant to the care, preservation, and conservation of artifacts is desired
Experience in basic archival functions is desired
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