Archives Research Assistant Paid Internship – University of Minnesota Press/University Archives

The University of Minnesota Press in partnership with the University of Minnesota Archives seeks to provide a paid internship for a current graduate student or a recent graduate as an Archives Research Assistant to assess, survey, inventory, and describe material related to the University Press’ historical files. The outcome of this project will assist in the accessioning of the archives for the U of M Press into the holdings of the University Archives.

In consultation with project personnel, the Archives Research Assistant will use independent judgment under limited supervision to conduct a comprehensive collection survey of administrative records. The incumbent will oversee the project planning, surveying, and documentation for this significant historical records collection. The internship is a paid, temporary position beginning in October 2018. Hours can be arranged. The duration of the position is a maximum 67 working days.


• Survey and document records in accordance with departmental specifications and professional standards.
• Develop overall work plan with milestones for project completion.
• Create accurate lists of surveyed material.
• Describe arrangement, scope and content, and conduct historical research as needed.
• Review collection for private or restricted materials.
• Identify series, sub-series arrangement for future processing work.

• Re-house and arrange materials as appropriate.
• Identify preservation issues or concerns.
• Conduct basic preservation tasks as needed.

• Regularly report on process to project personnel.
• Assist in promotion of the project.
• Assist in preparing progress reports for grant reporting.

• Bachelor Degree
• 1-year work-related experience, or graduate course work in Library Science, Museum Studies, History, or related field
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Experience processing archival collections
• Familiarity with archival description standards
• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well with others in a collaborative setting
• Demonstrated experience working well independently and meeting deadlines

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references to Erik Moore via email at

The University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and as publisher of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the most widely used objective tests of personality in the world. Minnesota also maintains as part of its mission a strong commitment to publishing books on the people, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Established in 1925, Minnesota is among the founding members of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).

The University of Minnesota Archives is the official records repository of the University of Minnesota with mandated responsibility for the historically valuable documentation of University units and individuals, including faculty, staff, and administrators. The University Archives are located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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