Internships at ETRC
The ETRC is a proud member of the Bishop’s community and, as such, is also committed to providing students with a complete university experience. To that end, the ETRC provides internships to students interested in history and archival work.
Students looking for hands-on experience with historical documents will be interested by the two internships offered by our Archives Department: Archival Internship and YCW Summer Employment. Students who would like to work in a heritage setting have access to the Tomlinson Student Internship in the ETRC office. The ETRC also offers a summer internship to a student from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Internships in the Archives Department
The ETRC offers an archival internship at the ETRC Archives Department. Open to Bishop's University History students, the Archival Internship (HIS391ab) is unpaid but offers students the opportunity to be introduced to the nature and theory of archival work for credits. During the internship, students arrange historical records, create a finding aid and prepare short reports on the required readings.
Young Canada Works (YCW) Summer Employment
The ETRC Archives Department applies each year for a grant through the Young Canada Works (YCW) program, which allows us to hire a student for the summer to work as an Archival Technician in our Archives Department. This program offers the opportunity for students to acquire work experience in their field of studies and earn money to help support their academic studies. The position of Archival Technician allows students to acquire hands-on experience with historical documents as they physically process, arrange and describe an archival fonds or collection. The ETRC is grateful to have been able to offer this summer position every year for over a decade.
Internships in the ETRC Office
Tomlinson Student Internship
Since 1999, the Tomlinson Internships Fund has been allowing various offices and academic departments as well as affiliated organizations at Bishop’s University to hire students as interns. The ETRC has had the good fortune to benefit repeatedly from the Tomlinson Fund since the program’s inception.
An internship in the ETRC office provides students with many opportunities: to work with professionals in a bilingual heritage research environment and develop related skills and contacts; under the supervision of the Executive Director, to help organize meetings, roundtables, a conference as part of the Robin Burns Lecture Series, a book launch or a colloquium; to work as an Editorial Assistant on the ETRC bilingual Newsletter and the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS); to update and maintain subscription lists and databases; to perform administrative tasks, such as taking minutes of meetings, translating documents and writing correspondence.
The position of Assistant to ETRC’s Executive Director is sponsored by a Bishop's University Tomlinson Grant and is filled after a careful selection process every September. Tarah Vallee is the recipient of the internship for the 2010-2011 academic year.
State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh Summer Internship
Thanks to an agreement for a student internship between Bishop’s University and the State University of New York, Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh), the ETRC is in a position to offer a SUNY Plattsburgh student a summer position in a heritage setting. The agreement between the ETRC and SUNY Plattsburgh requires that the student work full time in the ETRC office located on the Bishop’s University campus. The selection process is highly competitive and is overseen by the Institute for Canadian Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh in cooperation with ETRC’s executive officers.