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History Affiliates Internship
Scope of work:
The intern will work on two projects simultaneously: the StEPS mentoring project and development of a Resource Guide.
1.) StEPS: As outlined in Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) 2011 Barra grant request, the History Affiliates will use the AASLH StEPs program as a basis for developing a capacity building program for history and heritage organizations in the five counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The StEPs self-study training program will be supported by history organization professionals who will serve as mentors for participating History Affiliates (HA) member organizations that are selected to participate in this pilot.
Our expectation is that the first StEPS program, with three HA member organizations participating, will be run from the spring of 2013. The second program will start in the all of 2013. This internship will focus on the fall 2013 program.
2.) Resource Guide for History Affiliate members. Research sources for the web-based History Affiliates Resource Guide. These will focus on Governance, Stewardship of Collections, and Marketing. The resources consist of books, journals, films, websites, and blogs. The Guide will be vetted by the HA Director and by a small group of professional peers.
Components of the 12-week internship project:
During the summer of 2013, research and fieldwork will be done to prepare this history and heritage community mentoring program for piloting fall of 2013.
- Consider and develop a mentorship program structure which will support the HA members as they work through the StEPs program.
- Research on which HA member organizations might be appropriate for the pilot.
- Identify mentors who will work with the pilot history and heritage organizations.
- Layout a schedule for the year-long training program. This will include a two-tiered program schedule – a schedule for the HA member participants and a schedule for the mentors.
- Do grant prospect research for supporting the mentorship program in the future.
The final products of the internship will include, but are not limited to:
- A written summary of work accomplished and a “future steps” action plan for the above-described project.
- Well organized and labeled hardcopy and computer project work files that will be left with Prudence Haines at the HA office.
- Exceptional organizational and communication skills.
- Experience doing web research.
- Ability to be flexible with work tasks and work well in small team environment.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. They must also visit the HSP for an interview and pass a background check.
History Affiliates Director
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-732-6200 ext. 243