The Reference, Access, and Outreach Section (RAO) of the Society of
American Archivists seeks volunteers for at least one unpaid internship
for 2010-2011. (Two interns were selected for the pilot of this program
in 2009-2010, and a report about the internship is available online on
the RAO page of the SAA website -
) The intent of the internship is to provide an opportunity for a
current graduate student or an archivist with less than three years
experience in the profession to be actively involved in and observe the
activities of the Section. The intern's responsibilities will involve
general communications and governance, but may include other Section
initiatives based on the interests and needs of the intern and the
Section. The intern will serve from the time of selection through the
2011 SAA Annual Meeting. (Attendance at the 2011 Annual Meeting is not
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in archives, as evidenced
by their employment, volunteering, internships, and/or coursework. Also
important are attention to detail, good organizational and communication
skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
Responsibilities will include the following:
* Communicate with RAO Steering Committee members regarding ongoing
business, projects, concerns, etc.
* Participate in RAO projects, working groups, sub-committees, etc.
as appropriate. Topics may include: needs identified through the RAO
meeting discussion groups; ongoing projects of the section (such as
National History Day, impact of MPLP upon users and reference
archivists, Web 2.0/social media education for archivists, teaching
about primary sources); or other identified priorities of the section.
* Monitor the RAO blog and Facebook group for potential
improvements, revisions and/or corrections, posts or comments requiring
* Assist RAO Webmaster as needed, particularly as SAA continues its
transition to Drupal to support its online presence.
To apply for the RAO Section internship, please submit your resume and a
cover letter detailing your reasons for interest in the internship,
including potential topics of interest, to RAO Chair Jim Gerencser
) by September 15.