Under the direction of the Special Collections Manager and Local History Librarian, the intern will conduct research on World War I era cultural items in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Special Collections, including but not limited to, the sheet music and theater program collections. Research may include the history and provenance of the collections, significance of the collections locally and beyond, and value and importance of the collection to the Library and the community.

The goal of the project is to provide an in-depth look at the influence of WWI on contemporary culture, with a unique focus on Western New York. The intern shall conduct two (2) public presentations on the completed research and the collection. At least one of the presentations will be held at the downtown Central Library. In addition, the intern shall submit a written report, for archival public information purposes. In conjunction with the Library’s upcoming exhibit Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I, the project will give the community a further understanding of our history and heritage during a time of cultural transition.

Research shall be completed over the course of June, July and August 2018. It is anticipated the intern will work 12 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks.

Compensation: $2,000.

* Current Graduate student in a Humanities or Social Sciences field, such as Literature, History, Art or Library Science
* Excellent research skills
* Excellent organizational and computer skills
* Detail oriented
* Excellent communication skills – oral and written
* Self-motivated and ability to work independently

The candidate must submit a resume and an essay, not to exceed two pages, expressing their interest in an internship of this nature, how and what they would research and why.

Please submit a resume and essay by March 30, 2018 to:
Judy Fachko, Human Resources Manager
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203