History/Archives Intern

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Please apply HERE

Dates: May 23, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $600/week + housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairsAs the park has worked to understand the evolution of the missions sites through primary research, it has become clear that the late 19th-mid twentieth century era is poorly documented through traditional sources. Most historic photographs focus on the church structures.  The LHIP intern would work with park cultural resource staff and the park’s visual information specialist to develop a crowd sourcing project for photographs of the areas within the mission compounds and immediately adjacent. The missions have received millions of visitors and those snapshots in front of the Indigenous quarters or in the middle of the compound etc. have the potential to provide important data for understanding the sequence of changes to the missions which is important to understand to not only interpret the sites but also to preserve them.  The intern would initiate the call for images and facilitate a location for their upload with assistance from park staff.  Park staff will assist in developing protocols and procedures for image use permissions and official archiving. The intern will participate in Latino Conservation Week by providing an interim report on the project (verbally, in-person display or on-line). The final product for the internship will be an exhibit of some of the images collected during the crowd-sourcing project (in-person and digitally) and a presentation to staff and public about the project, its effectiveness and next steps

Duties: Working with cultural resources staff and visual information specialist, develop protocols for crowd-sourcing photographs and organizing those photographs for archiving and sharing with the public. Prepare image use permissions, accession records and cataloging as necessary. Contact people as necessary for further information about their photographs.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: San Antonio in the summer is hot and humid.  The park is urban-immersed and is close to all modern conveniences.  The park is surrounded by Latinx majority neighborhoods whose residents have lived in the area for generations and whose family histories are connected to the missions/park.

Abilities and Skills:

  1. Ability to work independently
  2. Flexibillity.
  3. Ability to work with others.
  4. Background in historical/primary source research.
  5. Familiarity with digital media and social media.
  6. Some knowledge of data and database management.

Education and Qualifications: An upper level undergraduate or graduate student in history, anthropology, library science or museum studies would be the best background for this project.  Coursework in digital media, social media and web design is extremely helpful.  The candidate would need to both have the ability to work independently and be collaborative with other park staff and interns.  Coursework in data management, archives and design are also helpful.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Personal vehicle strongly recommended

Housing: housing provided


To apply for this job please visit latinoheritageintern.org.

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