Montpelier Research Internships 2020


DESCRIPTION James Madison’s Montpelier announces an opportunity for 1-2 undergraduate interns in the Research Department. The intern(s) will work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks (or 300 total hours during the summer). Preference will be given to applicants with excellent research/writing skills, knowledge of African American history, and/or familiarity with Ancestry.com.

The goal of the internship is to digitize and contextualize the Clara Ellis Payne scrapbook collection. Payne, whose ancestors were enslaved at or near the Montpelier plantation in Orange, Virginia, collected a trove of family history materials with significant research potential for members of the Montpelier African American Descendants Community. (For further information on the African American Descendants’ Project, see https://digitaldoorway.montpelier.org/project/montpelier-descendants-project/.) The intern(s) will scan or photograph the scrapbooks, write descriptions of their contents, and distill genealogical information for public use.

By completing this internship, the student(s) will gain experience in handling archival materials and using them for research. The student(s) will also have exposure to the workings of Montpelier’s Museum Programs division and will contribute a blog post to the Digging Deeper blog on the Museum Programs website.

STIPEND This internship is supported by a $3500 Museum Diversity Internship grant to offset cost of living during the internship period.

ELIGIBILITY Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year UVA students from all fields of study who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (spring 2020 graduates are ineligible).

APPLY Complete and submit the Application Form & Montpelier Volunteer Application along with a resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of interest to Hilarie M. Hicks, hhicks@montpelier.orgDeadline is April 1, 2020. Successful applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview. 

For questions, contact Catherine Walden, cew9f@virginia.edu.