Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Student Opportunities in SCARC

Using an early model desktop computer, ca. 1970s.
Using an early model desktop computer, ca. 1970s.
Atmospheric Sciences Department Photographic Collection (P 138). (Click to enlarge)

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) offers many opportunities for students to work with staff and collections. These include paid student assistant positions, paid project-based positions, unpaid project assistants (volunteer, credit/non-credit), and the SCARC Internship Program.

Please see below for information about each of these categories, and contact Tiah Edmunson-Morton with questions: tiah.edmunson-morton@oregonstate.edu

Paid Student Assistants

Paid students assistants are employed for multiple terms during the academic year. Generally, these students conduct a full range of activities in SCARC, though some are hired for their special skills (e.g. graphic design) or needs of specific staff (e.g. an Oregon Multicultural Archives or collection processing-specific student). These opportunities will be announced on Beaver Job Net, and most students are hired in spring term to start the following fall. These positions are only open to OSU and non-OSU students. Contact SCARC student coordinator Chris Petersen for more information: chris.petersen@oregonstate.edu

Paid Project Assistants

Paid project-based student assistants are usually employed for one to three terms to provide for a specific project (e.g. Voices of a Warming Planet Oral History Project). These opportunities will be announced on this web page and on Beaver Job Net. Under most circumstances, these positions are only open to students at Oregon State University or other colleges/universities, and are sometimes limited to undergraduate students.

Unpaid Project Assistants

Unpaid project assistants usually work on a specific project, which may be short or long term. These opportunities will be announced on this web page. Positions of this type are open to students and non-students alike, and can be for offered for credit or experience alone.

SCARC Interns

The SCARC Internship Program is intended for students, both undergraduate and graduate (OSU and non-OSU), interested in an immersive experience in an academic special collections and archives department. The intern(s) will work on one to two main projects, while also exploring the various functions of the department through job shadowing, one-on-one meetings with staff members, and attendance and participation in relevant meetings.

Internships are typically structured to last for one term - generally winter and/or spring terms - but may run longer depending on the project. They can be organized for credit or experience only. The time commitment required of a given intern will vary based on project, but most would be expected to commit 10-12 hours per week for the duration of the internship. These positions will be posted during Week 1 of fall term and applications will be due at the end of Week 6 of fall term.