Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

Student Assistants, Interns, and Volunteers

Graduate Assistantships: Academic Year
The WLA typically employs two 20-hour a week and one 10-hour a week graduate assistants during the academic year. Assistantships are open to Loyola students in a MA program, who are eligible to work at least 10 hours a week, through the entire academic year. Priority is given to applicants who are able to work 20 hours a week. Priority is given to students in public history, history, digital humanities, and WSGS, however, those studying other disciplines are welcome to apply.

Duties may include:

  • Assistance with reference inquiries, including research and digitization
  • Stacks maintenance, including paging requested materials 
  • Rehousing and inventories of collections 
  • Transcription of text and audio files
  • Work on special projects relating to oral histories, social media, access, and research
  • Regular attendance at Team meetings and check-in with supervisor
  • Occasional assistance with special events, class visits, and exhibits

Project positions are also available on occasion. Information about these positions are posted to the WLA's webpage and social media. For more information, please contact us at: WLArchives@LUC.edu.

Graduate Assistantships: Summer
Summer-only positions are offered most summers. Applications for summer-only positions are accepted on a rolling basis through March, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Summer-only positions are open to current or recently graduated MA and PhD students. On occasion, recently graduated undergraduates may be considered. Priority is given to students in public history, history, digital humanities, and WSGS, however, those studying other disciplines are welcome to apply. Positions typically last mid-May through end of July.

For more information, please contact us at: WLArchives@LUC.edu.

Undergraduate Internships
The WLA welcomes the opportunity to work in structured and supervised internships with undergraduate students from Loyola. 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, one intern is accepted per semester (Fall/Spring). We especially encourage history 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. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. 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

Volunteers
The WLA does not accept volunteers at this time.