Student and Academic Life

Special Collections Learning Lab Internship Application Deadline Extended to April 30

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Undergraduate students interning with the SCRC Learning Lab will learn how to arrange and describe rare or unique collections in their area of research interest, while enhancing access through the production of guides, exhibits or transcriptions.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2018) — The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab has extended its deadline for internship applications to April 30, 2018. Through these one-of-a-kind paid internships undergraduate students from all disciplines can receive training in archival methods while working with unprocessed or underprocessed archival collections in their research area. 

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Learning Lab is a center of primary research, experiential learning and training. Undergraduates interning with the lab will learn how to arrange and describe rare or unique collections in their area of research interest, while enhancing access through the production of guides, exhibits or transcriptions. In addition to their training, at the end of their internship students will create and present a poster, presentation or exhibit, reflecting on the impact the position had on their research.

Students interested in internships with the SCRC Learning Lab will have the opportunity to work with collections that span a wide range of interests:

  • post-World War II refugee resettlement (Joseph P. D’Andrea Papers, 1940s-1990s)
  • French Revolutionary War (Index to Revolutionary Biographies, 1789-1799)
  • education, literacy and business (Harriet Drury Van Meter Papers, 1911-1991)
  • photography, art and art history (Lexington Camera Club Papers, 1953-1975)
  • law and early American history (Barnstable Colony Legal Papers, 1734-1741)
  • agriculture and meteorology (Kentucky Tobacco Farmer’s Diary, 1870)
  • literature, publishing and music (James Hines Collection, 1952-2008)
  • urban planning, architecture and design (William H. Qualls Papers,1974-1997)
  • religious studies (Jewish Notebook, circa 1810)
  • poetry and literature (Paul Morand Papers, 1927)
  • social justice, women’s studies and health care (Kate Black Social Activism Papers, 1980s-1990s)
  • law and commerce (Kentucky Court Records, 1800-1823)
  • early Arctic exploration, engineering and military history (Harry Ross Papers, 1918-1958)
  • medicine and Civil War history (Young and Wooten Family Papers, 1856-1989)
  • agriculture, biology, botany and landscape architecture (Seed Catalogs, 1890-1970)

More information about these collections can be found on the Learning Lab website.

Interns will be expected to work five to 10 hours a week and will receive $8.80 per hour.

To apply for the SCRC Learning Lab internship for fall or spring, undergraduate students should complete the internship application on the Learning Lab website. The application, a resume/CV, and one faculty reference should then be submitted by mail or email Monday, April 30. To submit by mail, send internship application packets to: 

Carol Street

Undergraduate Research Archivist, UK Libraries

Margaret I. King Library Building

Lexington, KY, 40506-0039

To email an internship application packet, send to

The SCRC at UK Libraries sustains the Commonwealth’s memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the SCRC provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. SCRC materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship. UK Libraries SCRC is the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK

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