FULLY SUPPORTED MASTER OF ARTS
GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYEE IN A/PA ARCHIVES
New York University
GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYEE IN A/PA ARCHIVES:
The Graduate Student Employee in Archives at the A/P/A Institute (A/P/A) works on collection building efforts while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the Archives and Public History Program in the History Department at New York University. As part of A/P/A’s ongoing commitment to documenting and preserving A/PA history, the grad student will help to create and build access to A/PA collections of the New York area. The student serves as a key resource connecting A/P/A’s network of scholars, researchers, activists, archivists, librarians, artists, curators, and community members with archives.
The two-year MA Program (32 points @ 8 points per semester) is designed to give the graduate student practical experience in archives, in addition to a solid grounding in archival theory and historical scholarship. The grad student employee will work with the A/P/A Institute and meet regularly with the Institute’s staff to discuss progress and expectations. The student works an average of 20 hours per week during each 15-week term. (Dates of appointment for academic year 2013-2014 are 9/3/13-12/13/13 for Fall 2013, and 1/27/14-5/12/14 for Spring 2014.)
Archival management is an important and growing field with many employment opportunities in the New York area. Graduates typically work in the city and region’s many museums, libraries, and historical societies as well as in government and corporate archives. Recent job placements include: National Archives and Records Administration, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Maryknoll Mission Archives, September 11th Memorial Museum, the History Channel, History Detectives, Harvard University, and the American Friends Service Committee. Graduates can expect starting salaries ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 depending on the institution.
A/P/A works closely with community members to facilitate the process of finding accessible, permanent homes for New York Metro region and East Coast Asian/Pacific American archival materials.
Using archival materials, past and current archives student employees have curated exhibitions and published essays on “yellow peril,” Asian American art and social movements, and popular culture representations. They have been central in bringing in individual and organization collections, taught undergraduates, maintained an archival blog, developed archival theory, worked closely with collectors and donors, and more.
- Bachelor’s Degree with a major or minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies preferred.
- Background knowledge, demonstrated interest or involvement in Asian/Pacific American history and community.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, but especially as part of a team.
- Experience conducting oral history interviews a plus.
The selected Graduate student employee receives 100% remission of tuition (8 points per semester), fees, and student health insurance for full-time study in the MA in Archives and Public History Program at NYU. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the hourly compensation for 30 weeks, 20 hours of work per week is $20, coming to an approximate total of $12,000 to be earned. Paychecks are disbursed every two weeks between September 2013 and May 2014.
Qualified applicants should:
1) Contact Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen by email at email@example.com with cover letter stating your interest and specific A/P/A-relevant qualifications, resume, and any additional information that would be beneficial for consideration; and
2) Apply simultaneously to the MA in Archives and Public History Program at NYU online by Friday, March 15th, 2013 at:
(IMPORTANT NOTE: GRE scores are required for admission to the MA program!)
For more information:
Archives and Public History Program:
The Asian/Pacific/American Institute:
The Asian/Pacific American Documentary Heritage Archives Survey Project: