Special Volunteer Opportunities & Employment
Gaycoupage Craft Instructors: Have a knack for knitting? A way with watercolor? Bring your talent to our monthly crafts social and workshops, starting May 1 and every first Saturday from 1pm-3pm. We’re looking for people to do short workshop presentations at each social on a craft project. We’ll take care of the supplies, you bring the plan and the instructions. E-mail Candice at email@example.com for more information.
Library Coordinators (2): The Center is looking for two volunteers to oversee our 14,000 lending library and our volunteer library staff. The coordinators will work with the Program Director to ensure that the collection is kept up-to-date, volunteers are properly trained, software and supplies are current and supervise catalog maintenance. Additionally, the coordinators will be responsible for guiding decisions relating the Collection Policy. This position also allows for the opportunity to create special library-related programming. Volunteering for a regular library desk shift is not required but the opportunity is available if the coordinators so desire. While an advanced degree in Library Sciences is helpful for certain aspects of this position, it is by no means necessary and all are welcome to express interest. E-mail Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cleaning Assistance: The Center is looking for a volunteer to clean the building on Mondays when our regular Housekeeping staff is off. Duties would include mopping, vacuuming, and trash removal. E-mail Candice at email@example.com for more information.
The Center is looking for individuals interested in generating content for their monthly newsletter. The newsletter is a monthly opportunity to connect members to life at the center in in the greater LGBTQI communities of Philadelphia. Responsibilities may include attending Center events, interviews for interest pieces on local LGBTQI members and possible column brainstorming and creation. Each writer would generate a story for the monthly newsletter and submit it to the editor by the assigned deadline. This is an excellent opportunity to connect to Philadelphia's LGBTQI scene and to build interview and writing skills. E-mail Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Center is looking for individuals interested in generating photo content for their monthly newsletter. The newsletter is a monthly opportunity to connect members to life at the center in in the greater LGBTQI communities of Philadelphia. Responsibilities would include attending events that will be featured in upcoming newsletters and photographing scenes for inclusion with the related article and submitting those photos to the editor by the assigned deadline. E-mail Jason at email@example.com for more information.
Marketing support: Our marketing committee always needs graphic designers, poster-distribution, event photography and more. Our website team (we use Squarespace, it’s super easy to access) can always use help updating events. E-mail Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition to volunteer support, interns are an indispensable part of the vital and necessary work performed by the William Way LGBT Community Center.
Our internship program gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBTQ programming, fundraising and non-profit administration, consider career options, strengthen job-related skills, and network with community leaders.
Internships may be used to receive college credit. Placement is based on a resume submission and an interview. All academic majors are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Contact: Candice Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, email@example.com
Oral History Internship/Practicum
John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives
William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Summary of Responsibilities: The John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center seeks a paid intern or practicum student to conduct oral histories for the Philadelphia AIDS Oral History Project. The intern will be responsible for conducting 12 oral history interviews in the Philadelphia region with women who were early responders to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the area. Duties may include:
● Researching the history of HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area
● Researching about each oral history interview subject
● Scheduling and conducting the oral history interviews
● Securing signed release forms from the interview subject
● Reviewing recordings and transcriptions of the interviews (transcriptions will be outsourced)
● Writing a summary of each interview
● Identification and tracking of common themes among interviews
● Preparing sound files, transcripts, and other materials for deposit in the Archives and mounting to the web
● Documenting your work throughout the project
● Writing procedure documents for use by future interviewers
● Reporting progress to the Director of the Archives and the Project Steering Committee
Time frame: his work will take place during the summer months of 2018
Hours: ours may be set by the intern and coordinated with the Director of the Archives; times for interviews will be arranged with the interview subjects at their convenience
Compensation: he intern will receive $20/hour for 72 hours equaling a total of $1,440 for the complete internship.
Qualifications: ood candidates for this position will:
● Be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in history, public history, archives, pubic health, or a related field
● Have an interest in or knowledge of Philadelphia history, LGBT history, Public Health history, or other related field
● Have knowledge of methodologies and best practices for conducting oral history interviews
● Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
● Exhibit close attention to detail and accuracy
● Possess basic computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets
About the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives and the Philadelphia AIDS Oral History Project
The Archives contains about 60 discrete manuscript collections, including the 40+-year history of the Center itself. The Archives also includes periodicals, audio-visual materials, a book collection, textiles, artwork, artifacts, and an ephemera collection. The Archives documents LGBT History, generally, and in the City of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, specifically.
The Philadelphia AIDS Oral History Project is led by an Advisory Committee under the leadership of the Wilcox Archives with the cooperation of the AIDS Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia FIGHT), and the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. During its first year, the Project collected interviews with people associated with the first AIDS self-help and advocacy organization, We the People with HIV/AIDS. Audio recordings of the interviews as well as transcripts will be made available in the near future.
To Apply: Please send via email: 1) a cover letter outlining your past and present academic history and experiences that have prepared you for this internship; include a description of what you hope to accomplish through this internship and how it would relate to your academic and career goals; 2) a resume; 3) names and contact information of two references, to John Anderies, Director of the Archives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: May 18, 2018