Montana Historical Society

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Traveling Student Archivist Summer Internship

Each summer, the Montana State Historical Records Advisory Board sponsors a Traveling Student Archivist. Graduate students in an archival studies program or information sciences program with archival emphasis are invited to apply. The intern serves up to 400 hours at a Montana institution responsible for archival collection preservation and access. The work may include surveying of records, creation of policies, preparation of disposal requests, creation of inventories, and training of staff and volunteers. The internship comes with a $5,000 stipend.

Recent Host Institutions and Projects

  • MonDak Heritage Center  Student Archivist Courtney Kramer worked on the map and oversize collection, completing an inventory, cleaning, mending and flattening materials where appropriate, and stabilizing-rehousing a rich collection of scrapbooks from various service organizations.
  • Frontier Gateway Museum  Student Archivist Courtney Kramer helped staff inventory archival collections, pulled the collections together into a single research and storage area, and established workflow and templates in Pastperfect to catalog the collections. She also processed two small manuscript collections.
  • Beaverhead County Museum  Student Archivist Miranda Webster assisted staff and volunteers in creating collection inventories for their manuscript and photograph collections, and establish workflow for the use of Past Perfect.
  • Ravalli County Museum  Student Archivist Mary Wise helped process the Ernst Peterson Photograph collection which was the highlight of a recent exhibit (see Ravalli Republic, August 18, 2015 )
  • Historic St. Mary’s Mission  Student Archivist Miranda Webster helped the staff and volunteers inventory their oversize and photographic collections.

Application forms are sent out each January in the spring issue of The Montana Archivist and in a special spring mailing. For more information, contact Jodie Foley at