We’re Hiring! Paid Photographic Archives Internship Opportunity

Internship opportunities at the Center for Railroad Photography & Art are now available for students and others interested in photography and archival studies. Specific knowledge of railroads is not required, so long as applicants are curious and willing to learn. Candidates need to be highly self-motivated and comfortable working independently, but they will have the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to the Center’s core projects. Center staff members will provide direction and are eager to work with interns on projects that will provide them with practical experience and professional development.

Photographic Archives Intern Duties
• Preserves photographic materials by transferring original media to archival housing
• Maintains original organizational system created by photographer when appropriate
• Notes strengths of collection with regards to era, geography, subject matter, etc
• Digitizes analog media using digital cameras and/or scanners
• Records metadata associated with images
• Posts and shares photographs online through the Center’s social media channels

Skills required
• Organization
• Willingness to learn and follow archival best practices
• Willingness to learn about railroad history in order to identify important trends and images within large collections

Preferred: familiarity with Photoshop and digital cameras and scanners

• Hourly pay, up to 20 hours per week
• Flexible schedule
• Located on multiple bus lines convenient to UW-Madison campus

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@railphoto-art.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on December 9, 2019.  The tentative start date for the internship is early January.

Maddie Shovers, a former graduate intern from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies, scanning negatives from the Center’s Leo King Collection