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Posted: 01/22/2014

Employer
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM)
Historian

The CECOM historical office archive is mainly dedicated to the history of communications technology in the US Army, and we have experience hosting both undergrads and grad students. We are located on the military base at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Because of the variety of materials we hold in the collection, students can tailor their time here to something for a specific class, for general experiential learning without credit, or for a for-credit course. We're happy to work with course or internship requirements and have done so in the past with great success. We would love to have students that are interested in the political science, history, diplomatic studies, libraries, archives, public history, or records and information management. The collection maintains a small library, an archive with photos, papers, 16mm films, tens of thousands of documents, over one hundred thousand digital files. The CECOM Historical Office staff is made up of Army historians, but we work in and maintain an archive. This position requires archival management techniques, and interns have the opportunity to learn this skill on the job. This includes accessioning materials, repairing damaged items, and creating finding aids. One crucial aspect of a career as a historian is writing ability. As an Army history office, the types of pieces we write include blog entries, short papers, procedural pieces, journalism inspired articles, academic journal articles, collections summaries, and book length monographs. Interns receive practical training in crafting a variety of messages, and receive full attribution for their written work. Internships can be completed by those interested in public affairs or communications and work on new media and outreach related projects. There are high levels of satisfaction among federal historians, which partially explains why there are so few job openings: people love their jobs, have interesting and exciting work, and don't leave until retirement. However, the hands-on knowledge needed to succeed as a federal historian includes more than can be learned in a typical college course. Experiential learning in the CECOM Historical Office is a great opportunity to earn credit, expand your career options, and build your resume!


Position
Public History/Archive Intern
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Aberdeen Proving Groun, MD
Uni
Details
$0
 

The U.S. Army CECOM Historical Office is interested in hosting student interns for the spring, summer, or fall semesters.

 

The U.S. Army CECOM Historical Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground is looking to mentor motivated students for experiential education year round. CECOM's 95 year history can provide interns the chance to preserve the past and practice history, right here in Harford County, Md. 

 

The history office is able to accept graduate or undergraduate students who would like to earn an internship here.  In prior years, we've had students from Monmouth University, Rutgers University, Rowan University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland College Park, and UMBC earn credit and gain real-world experience.  All of the historians here have teaching and mentoring experience.

 

Hands on archival work will include, but is not limited to, digital preservation and scanning archival documents, which creates an invaluable research tool in addition to preserving the aging documents. Volunteer interns will catalog archival material alongside the historians and learn proper steps to accession new materials. There are often opportunities to transcribe oral history interviews and historic videos from our 16mm film collection.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Submit resume and letter of interest to POC listed. See more at our website (http://cecom.army.mil/historian/) and our history blog (http://cecomhistorian.armylive.dodlive.mil/). Address: 6002 Combat Drive Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 Phone: (443) 861-6669 Email: usarmy.APG.cecom.mbx.cecom-lcmc-historian-cecom-lcmc-dcsops@mail.mil
Susan Thompson
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