🔗Museum and Archives Intern – 1200 hours
National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
Learn all about the natural and cultural history of the three National Parks on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by day and explore the rugged natural beauty of the shores of Lake Superior and the varied architectural, industrial, social, and other cultural sites of the region in the evenings and on weekends!
Based in historic Calumet, Michigan, the National Park Service’s Lake Superior Collection Management Center (LSCMC) cares for the museum and archival collections of three Lake Superior National Parks: Isle Royale National Park (ISRO), Keweenaw National Historical Park (KEWE), and Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore (PIRO).
During the first phase of this job (ca. 600 hours), under the guidance of LSCMC curatorial staff, the museum intern will assist with the inventory, accessioning, cataloging, and photographing of a wide variety of historic objects in preparation for the rehabilitation of KEWE’s historic Calumet & Hecla Warehouse #1 into a state-of-the-art museum storage facility. This exciting project primarily deals with collections centered around historical objects and archeological artifacts related to the area’s 19th and early 20th-century copper mining operations and associated industrial processes, as well as the varied social activities and private enterprise in the booming mining communities of the same era. KEWE also has a large assemblage of unique architectural samples from historic structures that will be evaluated, accessioned, and cataloged. Fully cataloged and photographed materials will be packed and palletized in preparation for their move into interim storage while construction work in the warehouse takes place. The position will also include working with museum collections from ISRO and PIRO. These collections include objects and archeological artifacts related to Lake Superior maritime operations and shipwrecks, logging, and farming, as well as recreational activities. There are also tens of thousands of diverse natural history specimens representing the spectacular geology, flora, and fauna of these parks.
In the second phase of the internship (ca. 600 hours) the intern will gain valuable experience in processing archival materials from all three parks while working under the supervision of the LSCMC archivist. This will include rehousing, organizing, and labeling folders and boxes for records documenting permitted and internal biological projects and other National Park Service resource management records, organizing and labeling digital and physical records associated with oral history projects, cleaning, inventorying, and rehousing incoming collections of 19th and 20th century business records, family papers, and assembled collections, and updating finding aids.
Other duties assigned throughout the internship may include preventive conservation, museum housekeeping, environmental and pest monitoring, and assisting with other routine or project specific curatorial and archival tasks.
This job posting seeks to recruit two (2) interns at 1200 hours each, so there will be opportunity for close collaboration with the other NCPE intern on many aspects of the described work.
We would be open to exploring the possibility of finishing the internship on a part-time schedule during the latter part of the internship if the selected intern intends to take online classes.
Isle Royale National Park preserves and interprets the ecosystems and cultural sites of a remote island archipelago in Lake Superior, including sites of prehistoric mining from up to seven thousand years ago, commercial fishing and trapping, lumbering, industrial mining, Great Lakes maritime history, and resorts. Included in the park’s collections are specimens and records generated by the ecological studies of Wolves and Moose, the world’s longest known longitudinal scientific study, which has been on-going since 1958.
Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves and interprets the story of copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula from pre-history to the present day, with an emphasis on the geology of the unique resource (the elementally pure copper of the region), its extraction and use in pre-history, immigration to the area from other parts of the world, industrial mining of the nineteenth century when the district led the world in the production of copper, and the communities that developed around and supported the mines.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore preserves and interprets the natural beauty of the figured stone cliffs on the shore of Lake Superior which have been considered culturally significant since prehistoric times, and the ecosystems of the surrounding area, as well as the cultural sites located within the lakeshore, associated with commercial fishing and trapping, the logging industry, farming, Great Lakes maritime history, and resorts.
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