Independent Study and Internships

Directed Independent Study

Independent study projects are available for highly motivated and intellectually curious students to pursue an in-depth course of study that is not offered elsewhere in the curriculum. Through independent study students have an opportunity to conduct research in primary and secondary sources such as manuscripts, archives, and rare books managed by the University Archives, Special Collections, and/or the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Project proposals may involve the creation of an online exhibit, documentary film, archival finding aid, annotated bibliography, biography, specialized curriculum or specialized teaching/learning tools, a research paper, or other topics or resources as proposed. More information about independent study opportunities is available here.

Internships

Internship opportunities, although limited, may be available to students with specific training or skills relevant to archival and special collections work. Typical internship activities include archival processing projects (e.g. physical organization and rehousing of records, creation of descriptive tools to faciliate discovery of and access to collections); digitization of materials from archival holdings and creation/editing of metadata associated with these resources; reference duties (e.g.  research in Heritage Resources' collections, document retrieval, answering phone requests, letters and email); collection management duties (e.g. accessioning collections, preservation tasks, appraisal of existing collection documentation); exhibits and outreach; research associated with grant proposals, programming, and publications; cataloging and/or transcribing oral history interviews; etc.

To inquire about independent study and/or internship opportunities, please contact Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3283.