The summer internship at the Duane G. Meyer Library in Springfield, Missouri, provides an opportunity to work in the Special Collections and Archives. The Archives houses a considerable collection of books, journals, and manuscripts related to the history of Southwest Missouri and the Missouri Ozarks region. The collection is also rapidly expanding its holdings of audiovisual material, including VHS tapes, audio cassettes, digital video, film, and reel-to-reel audio.
This is an eight-week, 20-hour-a-week unpaid internship, coinciding with Truman’s eight-week summer session. Students can earn between three and five credit hours. All students representing Truman in this internship program will enroll for academic credit through a department on campus willing to offer internship credit and internship supervision. The History department will offer such credit. Students interested in working with another discipline should talk to the appropriate department before pursuing this opportunity.
After being selected, the intern can work in a variety of areas at the Archives, including but not limited to:
- collections processing and organization
- collections digitization
- exhibition research and installation
- event planning and support
Assignment will be based on each intern’s abilities and interests as well as the Archives’ needs.
Applicants for this internship should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and basic computer skills, as well as an ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Preferred applicants will also be self-motivated, responsible, and dependable.