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Opening for UBC Archive Internship

Updated: Apr 18, 2021


Job Title: Summer Intern (Paid)

Supervision: Archivist and Summer Research Fellow, Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus

Dates: June 14, 2021 – July 23,2021

Application deadline: May 15, 2021



The UBC is hiring one intern for six weeks this summer to work on archives organization, digitization, and research projects. This exciting program will allow interns to work with documents that are 50-100 years old. This is a rare opportunity to have firsthand experience working on these Archives.

The intern should be based in the Detroit metro area, or willing to live with family/friends there for those six weeks. Interns will work up to 20 hours each week.

The intern will be paid $10/hour. They will have the opportunity to conduct their own original research on bandura history, to network with the archival and/or bandura communities, and to learn to use digitization software. These are marketable skills that we are happy to share with young members of our community. Interns who successfully complete the program will be provided with reference letters and four free tickets to the next UBC performance in their city.

Interns will also develop a basic understanding of how museums and archives preserve history and make materials available to researchers. They will learn about the history of the bandura, bandura ensembles, and their own role in that history. Interns will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with members of the UBC Board of Directors and other bandura community leaders.

They will learn about the careers of these professionals and develop the mentoring relationships that will help them advance their own careers after completing academic studies. The Summer Internship offers an opportunity to learn firsthand about the work of the UBC, archives preservation, and collections curation.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the UBC will offer internship positions only if government officials determine it is safe to. Any applicant who is offered and accepts the internship position acknowledges that the program may be shortened, eliminated, or altered during the six-week period, consistent with government guidance. For example, interns will be expected to maintain social distancing, wear masks in public, and use hand sanitizer often.


Rotate through projects within the umbrella of the UBC Archives process, assisting in day-to-day activities. Interns will also be assigned one or more research projects with specific expected deliverables.

  • Assist with the organization and cataloging, digitization of UBC archival documents, photograph and records that can be 100 years old, under the supervision of the UBC Archivist and/or Summer Research Fellow.

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Participate in daily round-table meetings to review work

  • Learn to leverage technology to efficiently transcribe documents

  • Use online solutions to make digitized archives available for researchers

  • Investigate and track down hard-to-find resources and archival materials

  • Other duties as assigned


Students 18 years old or older. Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement and involvement in Ukrainian community organizations and activities.

  • Passion for Ukrainian music and bandura history

  • Ability to read and understand Ukrainian

  • Demonstrated leadership potential.

  • Willing to travel around Metro Detroit and work flexible hours

  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, etc.)



Interested parties should submit their resumes and a cover letter to with “Summer intern application” in the subject line. The 300-word cover letter should be well-written and review what skills you bring to the table. We will then contact you to set up a 20-minute interview slot.

You must send your resume and writing sample to us before May 15, 2021. Interviews will be held the following week, and candidates will be notified of the outcome by May 21, 2021.

Note: you may also mail your resume and cover letter to this address, provided it is delivered

before May 15, 2021:

Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus

Attn: Internship Program

2246 Flanders Drive

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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