The primary purposes of the three-day internships are to give each Georgia Archives Institute participant:
a brief but meaningful and comprehensive hands-on processing project.
an overview of the components of a well-functioning, comprehensive archival program.
Each INTERN will work on a processing project that will:
be suitable for completion in the three-day time period.
include opportunities for experience in the core archival functions of appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation.
include opportunities for participant to work closely with traditional, paper-based archival materials.
if possible, relate to particular areas of interest / responsibilities which the participant has identified.
allow participant to verify understanding of archival principles by applying them and to understand how to make adjustments so that archival principles fit archival practice.
provide structured feedback on the work accomplished.
Each INTERN will gain an overview of a comprehensive archival program through
meeting with archival professional(s) to review and discuss principal issues relating to archival management.
limited tours of the repository, if time permits.
Each INTERN will present a report to the teacher and/or board members on his/her internship experience on the final day of the Institute.
Each INTERN will be assigned to institutions other than their parent institution, with consideration given to particular responsibilities and/or areas of interest identified by the participant, whenever possible.