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Latino Archives Assistant | Part-Time | Temporary


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Rhode Island Latino Arts | Nuestras Raíces is looking for a Winter-Spring 2020 Intern to play a key role in RILA’s Nuestras Raíces oral history archival collections.

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 only comprehensive archival collection 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.

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 mentor and participate in 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 and/or have general knowledge of this topic. Initially, the intern will spend a few hours learning and becoming familiar with the existing work and the equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate has an interest in areas including but not limited to audio/video recording, history, archival management and curatorial museum work.
  • You must be available to work part-time 2-3 days per week. Some weekends or evenings. 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 assist with the coordination and implementation of events.
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes and work in sometimes dusty environment.
  • Experience with all forms of Social Media.
  • Experience with Archival scanning a plus, but we will train.
  • Much of our collection is in Spanish, therefore bilingual/bicultural (Spanish-English) preferred but not mandatory. Knowledge of Rhode Island and of Latino cultures a plus.

Additional Information: This is a part-time non-benefited contract position. Salary Range: $12 — $14 per hour, not to exceed $2,000. Work Study matching funds welcome.
Hours are flexible and may be adjusted based on intern’s schedule. Generally the job dates are February – May 2020.

The Archives Intern reports directly to the Executive Director.

Send resumes by E-Mail no later than January 31, 2020 to: Marta V. Martínez with the subject line: Latino Archives Intern Position

Download a copy of the Job Description


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