Available Paid Internship - Local History

Paid Internship

Local History

Organizations:  The Methuen Historical Commission & the Nevins Memorial Library.  The Methuen Historical Commission is a City commission which manages the collection of archival materials and historical artifacts owned by the City of Methuen.  The Nevins Library is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the public library for the City of Methuen. 

Location: Methuen, MA

Project: The organization, digitization, and description of public records on paper.  The records may include municipal records of the Overseer of the Poor, local militia, taxes and the Highway Surveyor, etc.   The Intern will work with local historian and librarians to select and organize records owned by the Methuen Historical Commission that are in storage  Once selected, these records will be scanned into digital format.  Working under the supervision of cataloging librarian(s), the intern will provide data entry (meta-data) for each set of records and upload them to the web. 

Requirements: High School Diploma, with at least two years of college preferred, with a concentration in History and interest/experience in local history/archives work.  Applicants must supply references.

Working Conditions: This position is available immediately.  Funded by a grant from the Methuen Cultural Council, this position comprises up to 125 hours of work @ $15 per hour.  The Intern must be available to work on Mondays; other hours may be flexible in consultation with the Project Directors (Chair of the Methuen Historical Commission and the Library Director.)

Physical Requirements: The Intern should be able to sit, stand, bend, and crouch, as well as operate a digital scanner for long periods of time.  Lifting up to 20 lbs. may be required, and an ability to work with historical records with may have some dust or mold. 

To Apply:  Send (email) resume and letter of application to:


Krista I. McLeod, Library Director, Nevins Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

Time Line:  Preference given to applications submitted prior to August 16th, but position is open until filled.  The Project must be substantially complete by December 31, 2019.