VOLUNTEERS

INTERNSHIPS

VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP

Volunteers should have an interest in Canadian history, art history, or archival and information science, and should be able to spend at least four hours a week on assigned tasks. Both in-person and digital volunteer opportunities are available.

 

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  • Among other tasks interns may:  

  • Conduct background research on subjects related to interviews 

  • Audit audio recordings, reformat, review and proofread transcripts

  • Draft brief content notes

  • Assist with completion of the catalog record.

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    Requirements and Qualifications
     

  • Coursework towards the completion of a Masters degree in Oral History, Public History, Library Science, or Archival Management

  • Interest in oral histories

  • Interest in art history

  • Interest in presenting digital content/audio online 

  • Interest in digital preservation and file management

  • Interest in thinking through systems, processes, and workflows

  • Well organized

  • Detail-oriented

  • Ability to work independently

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    Outcomes: You will come away with a greater understanding of the planning and management of an oral history program; skills in digital preservation and file management; and insight into an organization’s policies, procedures, and

  • EDUCATION

  • Interested in using primary sources in your classroom but don’t know where to start? The Archives of Ontario provides a range of History and Social Studies resource and lesson kits for grades 3 to 12, as well as online exhibits that feature primary source material from our extensive collections.

  • All our resource and lesson kits align with the Social Studies, History, and Canadian and World Studies curricula and emphasize the skills of historical inquiry, interpretation, and analysis. Kits can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word© file or a PDF for easy printing.

  • Run by an experienced educators, our travelling workshops are free, designed to fit into one class period, and provide a chance for your students to use archival material while developing their skills of historical inquiry. One month’s notice is needed to book a visit to your school and preference will be given to visits with 60 students or more (multiple workshops can be given in a visit).

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  • DONATE

  • June Givanni’s Pan African Cinema Archive still needs your support inraising £10,000 to help secure the future, independence and accessibility of this unique archival collection. THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN IS ONGOING, so please donate!

    English language version, for French language version please scroll down.

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  • June Givanni’s Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA) is a unique volunteer-run audio-visual archive that houses a significant collection of pan-African visual culture. The collection is founded on the life’s work of June Givanni, whose dedication and passion for the work and legacy of Black filmmakers has culminated in a extraordinary collection of more than 10,000+ items collected over a 35 year period. The material in the collection spans the globe and ties together many of the creative and political links that Pan-Africanism has created. 

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  • The crowd-funding campaign comes at a time when many independent archives are losing their premises or being subsumed into larger institutions. In this context, JGPACA needs to raise funds to remain independent, make the catalogue searchable online and keep the material accessible for use by many communities of film and cultural research, creative production and art history.workflow.

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  • ABOUT / INTRO

  • CELAFI'25 Archives is a national initiative dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories Africa-Canadian art and  artists. Using our unique collection, we will promote the teaching, learning and understanding of the African people's contribution, which will enable the public to learn and connect with hidden histories, creating an experience to uplift and inspire. This will be achieved through our exhibitions, public programmes and events. Our growing collection of original archives will constitute a permanent record of the richness of the Black experience in Britain and be accessible to all.CELAFI'25 is a welcoming space for everyone to learn, explore and engage with works created by Black British heritage and history.

  • LINKS TO OTHER MAJOER COLLECTIONS
    - https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/black-cultural-archives

  • - June Giavani

  • Revue Noire

  • Smithsonian

 

INTERNSHIP

The Archives offers volunteer opportunities and internships  to students who wish to learn and gain professional experience in various fields including archival science, information management, art administration, art history, and cultural studies.

In this Oral History Management internship you will be immersed in what goes into the management of a very robust, longstanding, ongoing oral history program. All of our legacy interviews have been fully digitized for preservation, and subsequently, access purposes. A major initiative is ingesting the audio files into our CIS and DAMS. All of our ongoing oral history interviews are recorded as digital audio files with outside interviewers. Most of our interviews are transcribed (especially current interviews) by a transcription company. There is an extensive review process of these documents before they are presented online–first in-house, by the narrator and interviewer. In addition to our ongoing initiatives, we have a backlog of bottlenecked interviews that are a high priority to be sent for review or to be posted on the Archives' website.

 

Archival Collections Processing (Graduate)

  • A professional and focused experience in archival work structured around processing and preservation of archival collections, cataloging and archival descriptive practices and standards including EAD (Encoded Archival Description). Graduate interns work under the supervision and guidance of senior archivists in Collections Processing. Interested graduate students may contact Erin Kinhart, Senior Processing Archivist at kinharte@si.edu to discuss their current program of study and requirements.  

Curatorial

  • Supports the work of the curatorial department. Past intern projects have included exhibitions research and writing; exhibition installation; and research for upcoming publications.

 

Development/External Affairs

  • The Office of Advancement is responsible for raising private support for the Archives through individual giving, foundation gifts and grants, special events, and more. Interns will assist with a variety of projects, including but not limited to: database management, fundraising communications, prospect identification and research, and special events.

    This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious institution, and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museums, or nonprofits. The intern should be detail-oriented, have an interest in research and possess strong writing and critical thinking skills. Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with various stakeholders. An interest in history and the visual arts is preferred.

Digital Initiatives (Graduate)

  • Graduate students seeking experience in digitization and online access-related projects. These may include assignments in digital curation, creation of metadata, digital workflows, scanning and reformatting, transcription of handwritten documents, public web access systems, and emerging modes of providing open access through structured and open data technologies. Interested graduate students may contact Karen Weiss, Information Systems Manager, at weissk@si.edu for more information.

 

Digital Projects

  • Supports digitization initiatives to increase access to collections via the web and new media. Possible assignments include scanning and digital curation; preparing descriptive, technical, and other metadata; researching standards and best practices; preparing documentation; testing digitization workflows; assisting with design and user experience research; web development; and new media special projects.

 

User Experience

  • Supports the work of the Digital Experience Manager. User Experience interns will learn how to conduct user experience research and then synthesize findings and best practices to develop innovative and strategic solutions that improve the user experience. Please note, there are special application requirements for this internship and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Read full posting


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    Availability: Spring/Fall internships are generally 20 hours/week for 16 weeks. Summer internships are generally 40 hours/week for 10 weeks. These hours may differ by location.

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