Internships

Overview:
The Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) seeks a team of up to eight interns each season for our ongoing Masala Chat oral history project.

This internship will provide hands-on experience with oral history projects and working in a professional museum. Interns will also develop practical skills in a museum environment and will enable the intern to interact with museum professionals on all aspects of their work, including research, writing, and outreach.

Objective:
The primary objective of our project is to collect, transcribe & process 30 oral histories of Indian-American immigrants. Each intern should aim to complete two oral histories per month for June, July & August. The position will require a minimum of eight hours per week. Interns will be working under the leadership of Tamara Biggs, IAHM board member who is also Director of Exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) and Dr. Peter Alter, CHM Director of the Studs Terkel Oral History Center. The project is funded by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

Compensation:
Interns will each receive a stipend of $300 per term.

Duties include:

  • Attending training on best practices in oral history collection and processing
  • Researching the backgrounds of interview subjects
  • Traveling to interview subject homes to conduct interviews
  • Operating recording devices and taking photographs
  • Transcribing and cataloging recordings

Qualifications:

  • Graduate/undergraduate student with commitment to public history, museum studies, journalism, or related field.
  • Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with relevant computer programs including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to deal with difficult and sensitive materials
  • Good interpersonal skills and manners are a must.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability to travel

How to apply:
Please state the location where job posting was seen and send a cover letter, resume & two references to amber@iahmuseum.org

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