Work on women’s issues, past, present, and future
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, the historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, located on Capitol Hill, is currently looking for an intern who will support collections stewardship activities and improve intellectual access to the National Woman’s Party collection.
In 2020, the United States will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. SBHM and its partners will celebrate through nationwide programs, exhibitions, scholarly publications, and new digital resources. The intern will work with staff to prepare collections materials for these new initiatives and assist with a variety of collections stewardship tasks including the following:
- Assist with carrying out a baseline inventory of collections on exhibit and in storage
- Catalog objects in the collection
- Perform weekly inspections to check for changes in condition due to environmental conditions, biological activity, and dust; carry out routine collections maintenance tasks
- Assist with improving object documentation
- Create and review digital records
A background in history or museum studies is preferred but not required; a strong interest in museums, education, or archives is necessary. Applicants who are enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an undergraduate or graduate program emphasizing history, museum studies, or closely related field, are encouraged to apply. Applicants may also be recently retired and/or recently employed in the mentioned fields. Knowledge of archival policies and procedures is preferred. Must be well-organized and detailed-oriented, have strong written and verbal skills, and have ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
Internships are part-time (16 hours per week) and include a small stipend for the semester. Academic credit may be available through your home institution. If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Jennifer Krafchik at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. The deadline for summer 2015 applicants is May 1, 2015.
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply. The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum (SBHM) is the premiere women’s history site in Washington, D.C. and the oldest house on Capitol Hill, dating back to 1799. For more than sixty years, the trail-blazing National Woman’s Party (NWP) utilized the strategic location of the house to lobby for women’s political, social, and economic equality. This National Historic Landmark houses an extensive collection of suffrage banners, archives and artifacts documenting the continuing effort by women and men of all races, religions and backgrounds to win voting rights and equality for women under the law. Today, the museum holds the only intact political collection that documents both the woman suffrage and women’s rights movement in the 20th century, which is critical for the ongoing academic study of women’s political organizing and activities. The collection contains more than 30,000 books, periodicals, scrapbooks, political cartoons, textiles, photographs, organizational records, fine arts, decorative arts, and artifacts produced primarily by women, about women.