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Latino Archives Assistant | Part-Time | Temporary

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Rhode Island Latino Arts | Nuestras Raíces is looking for a Summer-Fall Intern to play a key role in RILA’s Nuestras Raíces oral history collection and archives.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for history, boundless curiosity, a strong work ethic, a collegial manner and a drive to help us organize, catalogue and market Rhode Island’s premiere archives of Latino history. A willingness to get dirty (literally) digging through file boxes is a plus!

RILA’s Nuestras Raíces was founded in 1991, and is comprised of transcripts, tapes and video recordings in a variety of formats. The original recordings are on cassette tape and some have been digitized. The collection also includes newspapers, pamphlets, photos and personal papers.

The intern will play a key role in helping us catalogue these materials in an effort to build a searchable database to assist in scholarly research as well as news-gathering and social-media efforts. The intern will also assist in digitizing and virtual organization of archival material. The intern will also participate in community collecting events as we collect new oral histories including interviewing, scanning photographs & personal papers, obtaining and filing release forms, transcription and other duties as assigned.

Transcription of new and existing oral history interviews – many in Spanish – will be as follows:
• A word-for-word rendering of taped audio/video; Editing and summary/annotation of transcripts for context; Indexing; and Cataloging.

The ultimate goal is to develop your skills as an archivist/community historian while helping us tap the potential of our one-of-a-kind holdings. This is a rare opportunity to work with the only Latino history collection in Rhode Island that is also largely unexplored. Intern will be expected to participate in a workshop on Best Practices of Oral History.

Preferred Qualifications:
• You must have a demonstrated track record of study and knowledge in areas including but not limited to audio/video recording, history, archival management and curatorial museum work.
• You must be available to work morning to early afternoon. Start and end times are flexible.
• Access to own transportation is preferable.
• Detail oriented and excellent writing skills.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
• Experience using word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate and implement complex projects.
• Ability to lift heavy boxes and work in sometimes dusty environment.
• Experience with all forms of Social Media.
• Experience with Archival scanning and proficiency with Adobe Photo Shop.
• Website development and cataloging of newspapers and photos a plus.
• Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish-English) and knowledge of Rhode Island and of Latino culture.

Additional Information: This is a part-time non-benefited contract position. Salary Range: $12 - $14 per hour, not to exceed $2,000. Hourly rate is negotiable depending on experience. Hours may be increased, based on performance evaluation and availability of funds at the end of fixed term.

The Archives Intern reports directly to the Executive Director.

Send resumes by E-Mail no later than July 31, 2018 to: Marta V. Martínez with the subject line: Latino Archives Intern Position

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