RISE Internship: Student Transcriber/Cataloguer at Arizona State Museum, Office of Ethnohistorical Research

RISE Internship: Student Transcriber/Cataloguer at Arizona State Museum, Office of Ethnohistorical Research

Position Title: Student Transcriber/Cataloguer
Reports to: Dale S. Brenneman
Hours/Week: 12
Internship Date Range: 8/26/24 – 12/13/24
Location: Arizona State Museum, North (building 26)

About the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program 

The RISE Program is hosted by the Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) and provides undergraduate and graduate students with paid internships related to resilient environments and societies. RISE internships give students experience in workplace settings with an opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills and prepare them for careers after graduation. 

About the Office of Ethnohistorical Research, Arizona State MuseumThe Office of Ethnohistorical Research (OER) is located in the Arizona State Museum (ASM), the oldest (est. 1893) and largest anthropological research facility in the U.S. Southwest, with collections that are exceptional resources for the study, teaching, and appreciation of the region’s 13,000-year human history. OER holdings include a 1,200-reel microfilm collection with tens of thousands of Spanish-language documents pertaining to the Spanish Borderlands—that broad region on either side of the present-day United States–Mexico border—as well as approximately 8,000 related books, maps, photos, and ephemera. In addition to facilitating access to these materials and promoting their use in research and education, OER uses them to conduct its own documentary history research projects focusing on the ethnohistory of the Spanish Borderlands in the present-day Southwest and northern Mexico. These projects involve selecting relevant Spanish-language manuscripts, transcribing them from hand-written to typewritten form, translating them to modern English, and placing them in historical context with annotation and introductions.OER’s current project focuses on the O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) experience of Spanish and Mexican colonization as revealed through a large selection of Spanish colonial and early Mexican-period documents (1646–1855), translations of which are read by and discussed with a collaborating group of O’odham advisors.

Internship summary: This internship will be performed in connection with the OER’s current O’odham-Piipaash Documentary History Project. The intern will assist Dr. Dale Brenneman with research pertaining to the O’odham Revolt of 1751–52 by creating a catalog of microfilmed documents housed on specified reels, transcribing a selection of those documents according to a project style guide, and preparing written summaries in English. Through this process, the intern will hone paleographic, writing, and analytical skills while working in an academic environment involving the management and use of a research microfilm archive. Training will be provided through relevant readings (articles, book chapters, dissertation) and discussion.

Internship description: This position requires excellent attention to detail, reasonable fluency in written Spanish, the ability to read cursive handwriting, and good English writing skills. It’s ideal for students majoring in History; Anthropology; Spanish Language; American Indian Studies; Arid Lands, Water & People; Mexican American Studies; or Latin American Studies but is also open to students from other disciplines. The intern may work up to 12 hours per week.


The intern will be compensated by the University of Arizona. The pay rate is $18/hour.

How to Apply: 

Applicants must be active UArizona students. 

Send resume directly to Dr. Dale S. Brenneman at daleb@arizona.edu, with a brief cover letter expressing why this position is of interest and how it might contribute to your academic or career plans, and highlighting your qualifications. 

Applications must be submitted no later than August 2, 2024.

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