Sacred Harp Museum Internship Program:
Application for 2017 Intern

Update: The application form is now closed. Thanks to the exceptionally strong group of applicants for the 2017 internship. Read about the museum’s 2017 interns, and keep posted for an announcement of our 2018 internship application in the winter.

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency at the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia, during the summer or fall of 2017. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled collection of Sacred Harp and shape-note music recordings, manuscript music, songbooks, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera through cataloging, archival organization and description, and born-digital collection development.

The internship may occur between June and November, 2017. The intern will receive a $1,500 stipend and is encouraged to attend area singings during the internship period. Applications are due May 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST. Contact Jesse P. Karlsberg with any questions about the position or application form.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Cataloging items in the museum’s collection of Sacred Harp-related materials using the ResourceMate platform and
  • Organizing archival material in manuscript collections and housing, shelving, and cataloging these collections.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Developing and piloting a plan to sustainably collect digital materials from the Sacred Harp community documenting contemporary or recent Sacred Harp singings,
  • Drafting finding aids for museum manuscript collections,
  • Digitizing materials and archiving digital files, and
  • Organizing a traveling and online exhibit drawing on museum collections and/or writing about museum collections for the Sacred Harp Museum and/or Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter.

The intern should have experience with library cataloging, archival preservation or related experience. Experience with archival description and digital archives is preferred. The intern should be well organized, meticulously detail oriented, and a good communicator.

The Sacred Harp Museum is located in the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters near Carrollton, Georgia. During the internship, the intern will stay at the Headquarters, which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Headquarters is within easy driving distance of annual Sacred Harp singings each weekend and interns are encouraged to attend singings in the surrounding area, and to spend time with area singers, many of whom have been pillars of the Sacred Harp community for decades. Read about the experience of the Museum’s first intern, Sasha Hsuczyk, in “Preserving Sacred Harp’s Past for the Future: Interning at the Sacred Harp Museum.” Learn more about the Museum’s collection, history, and mission on the Sacred Harp Publishing Company website. The internship program is supported by donations from generous members of the Sacred Harp community. Contributions are welcome.

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