Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

Class Instruction & Internships

Education and the Archives

The WLA welcomes opportunities to work with students individually or as part of a larger classroom instruction. Faculty may schedule a visit to the archives, utilizing the large reading room, or staff will bring the archives to the classroom. The WLA offers archival lab experiences for students to work with collections directly, customizing archives-related assignments for most academic disciplines.

In addition to working with classes as a group, the WLA also provides individual student assistance regarding planning and conducting original research with primary source documents. Students learn to "read" original resources, understand basic preservation and conservation, and access digital primary sources.

WLA staff also conduct tours of historic Piper Hall, with special emphasis on interpreting class, gender, and race in historic spaces. Prior class visits include undergraduate and graduate students from Theology, Women's Studies & Gender Studies, Sociology, Education, and History.

Each instructional visit or tour is specifically designed for the needs of the class or individual student. To set up a visit, please contact us at 773.508.8837 or WLArchives@luc.edu.

Internships with the WLA

The WLA welcomes the opportunity to work in structured and supervised internships with graduate or undergraduate students from Loyola or other area schools. The internships are based in the archives, typically working with original primary sources material in small-to-moderately sized processing projects. However, we also have several ongoing special projects that the intern is encouraged and welcomed to assist with.

Each internship can be catered to meet the needs of the student's educational and experiential goals/skills. Additionally, each intern can receive on-the-job training in archival best practices related to appraisal, collection management, legal issues, preservation, arrangement and description, reference, and outreach.

Typically, only two interns are accepted per semester (fall/spring) and summer term. We especially encourage public history and library science students to apply, but all applicants are welcome. The length of each internship varies, though a minimum one semester commitment is strongly preferred. All internships are unpaid. For more information, please contact us at WLArchives@luc.edu.

Samples of Internship Projects:

  • Process newly accessioned collections
  • Collection Management in PastPerfect
  • Physical Collections Management
  • Create MARC Records for the Manuscript & Digital Collections
  • Exhibit Design
  • Educational Outreach/Program Design
  • Staff Events—Donor Outreach