Historical Records Intern

Wisconsin High School Forensic Association

The Wisconsin Lyceum Society, as it was named at its founding in 1895, was the first state organization of its kind in the country, serving middle and high school activities in theatre, speech, and debate.  We were originally administered by the University of Wisconsin (Madison), but 21 years ago, were shifted to an independent nonprofit, loosely aligned with a state agency that provides K-12 education services.

The intern would review historic records (newsletters, meeting minutes, event programs, correspondence, etc.), to cull key developments over the 120-year history of the organization to compile a narrative history.  Further development of an online “museum” showcase of artifacts, such as photographs, or scanned documents could be an ongoing project.

Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with the WHSFA’s history, through reading summaries and books
  • Index newsletters from the past 40 years
  • Create an historical timeline of major events in the WHSFA’s history
  • Review, analyze, and synthesize files/documents to scan and index
  • Recommend future projects to cultivate better appreciation of the organization’s history.

Basic Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Enrollment in two- or four-year higher education institution
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Comfort, skill, and willingness to learn technology tools
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team
  • Willingness to work between 9am-4pm on weekdays during the school year
  • Interns must pass a background check if they will be present at any of our interscholastic contests

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience with speech, debate, theatre, and/or film activities
  • Engaged in study of anthropology, business, communication, history, and/or theatre

Compensation

Interns will be paid as independent contractors for a finite term as negotiated during the screening process. Interns whose institution requires they not be paid to receive credit will receive documentation of their time, as well as potential for future compensation in other contracting capacities (i.e., the ability to adjudicate/judge a contest, assist with contest operations, or perform clerical work unrelated to internship tasks).

Learning Outcomes

The student will learn the value of preserving and chronicling historical records. Many organizations with a rich history, such as ours, simply keep boxes upon boxes of archival materials, yet those served by the organization lack an understanding or awareness of its history. Moreover, decision-makers are destined to repeat past mistakes or overlook successes when they are not aware of an organization’s experiences in those arenas. The student also would be exposed to a business/office environment, and inner workings of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Institutional Credit/Service Learning

Credit at your institution will be based on the number of hours you are able to work, successfully complete, and prior approval of your institution per its policies. The intern would be supervised by the Executive Director, who has been an educator for 20+ years, and understands importance of constructive feedback and growth. The intern would keep a brief journal of activities completed each day, as documentation of work completed, and on a periodic basis, would discuss with the Executive Director what s/he has learned. The Executive Director would provide feedback on the intern’s efficacy, as well as model best practices.

To apply for this job please visit www.whsfa.org.

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