Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ

The Cline Library at Northern Arizona University invites applications for The Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship.

The 2014 Reilly intern will work closely with Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits focused on the life and photographic work of renowned Flagstaff photographer John Running.  Running moved to Flagstaff in the 1960s and has been shooting regionally, nationally, and internationally for a broad range of commercial and non-commercial clients ever since.

In 2013 Running donated his (present) life's work to Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives. Approximately 120,000 color slides, 100,000 black-and-white negatives/prints, and 5 terabytes of born-digital photographs form the bulk of the collection.  Detailed diaries and journals provide additional insight into his work.

The exhibit is envisioned as a contextual and intimate biographical overview of John Running through the progression of his photography, tentatively titled "Offerings to the Gods of Light and Shadow." A careful balance between photographs as objects of art and as sources of meaningful context will underpin all aspects of the exhibit.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2014 Reilly intern will assume primary responsibility for the virtual (web-based) exhibit.  The intern will also provide significant support for development of the physical exhibit, from its interpretive text to design and fabrication. 

The internship offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in:

  • Research
    • Synthesis of primary and published sources
  • Exhibit Planning (team-based)
    • Storyline development and content interpretation
    • Web page design, creation, and digital storytelling
  • Public speaking (presentation to library staff upon completion of the internship)

The Reilly intern will work 40 hours per week for eight consecutive weeks.  The successful candidate will select a preferred eight-week block between June10 - August 16, 2014.  The workweek schedule offers some flexibility.

Stipend and Housing: $4,500 (no benefits included) total.  The Reilly intern will be paid in bi-weekly installments to reach the total of $4,500.  On-campus housing is subject to availability.   For more information, please consult http://home.nau.edu/reslife/summer_workshop.asp (.)  Renting a room in the community is also a possibility.  The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Flagstaff for eight weeks and underwrite his or her own food, lodging, transportation to work, and parking.

Qualifications:  The preferred candidate will be a graduate student in information science or museum studies working toward a career in a library, museum, or archives setting. Graduate students should be currently part of a program with an anticipated completion date of August/September 2014 or later.  Undergraduate (junior or senior) applied indigenous studies, geography, history, and anthropology students are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Strong ability to write creatively while employing advanced research skills
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written)
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with archival practice
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Basic understanding of Web design
  • Familiarity with video and audio software tools, HTML editing, and the Adobe Design Premium software suite

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
  • Understanding of photographic and print making processes
  • Demonstrated experience success working with visual materials and creating exhibits with visual materials

Application Deadline:  February 18, 2014.  To apply, submit the following documents to: 

Peter Runge
NAU Cline Library
Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ  86011-6022:

  • Letter of application addressing your qualifications
  • Résumé or vita
  • Copy of current transcript
  • A writing sample in the form of a 250-word historical sketch of a personal life event
  • Names and contact information for three references

For more information, contact Peter Runge via email at peter.runge@nau.edu or phone at (928) 523-6502.

The mission of Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives Department is to collect, preserve, and make available archival materials that document the history and development of the Colorado Plateau.  Interdisciplinary in nature, the collections include 7 million manuscripts, 1 million photographs, 35,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories.  Learn more at http://archive.library.nau.edu.

Flagstaff is a city of 67,000 at the base of the San Francisco Peaks surrounded by the Coconino National Forest.  Approximately 80 miles from Grand Canyon and 140 miles from Phoenix, Flagstaff enjoys a four-season climate at an elevation of 7,000 feet.  NAU has a growing diverse student population and is committed to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.