City of Issaquah, WA Selected as Host of 2023 NAGARA Internship Program

January 23, 2023

The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) has selected the City of Issaquah, Washington as the host of the 2023 NAGARA Internship Program. The NAGARA Internship Program endeavors to match under-served local or state archival or records programs and/or institutions with students interested in careers in archival and/or records management.
 
 As part of the program, the City of Issaquah will host an intern to work on a project titled "Parks Property Acquisition Records: Creating a Framework to Last for Decades." The project aims to establish a uniform framework for the organization and architecture of the City's park property acquisition records, including metadata, to ensure that these important records will be fully accessible now and in the future. The intern will work with City staff to review a small subset of the City's diverse park spaces and active capital projects, research and analyze the files, and make recommendations for the records' filing architecture and metadata. The finalized framework will likely be used for City land acquisition records in other departments, making the project far-reaching and highly impactful to the City of Issaquah's historic records.

 

  • In addition to this specific project, the City of Issaquah is making a number of investments in records management and will have multiple records projects underway in 2023. As time and interest allows, the intern will have the opportunity to interview involved project staff and participate in the projects' planning and implementation meetings. Current 2023 projects include:
  • Appraisal and disposition of historical planning and engineering records from a closed City facility including custody transfer, destruction, digitization, and long-term storage and preservation.
  • Migration of records from network shared drives to SharePoint.
  • Implementation of an electronic records management system.
  • Mobile phone record extraction and preservation.

This opportunity is a valuable chance for both the institution and student to collaborate, learn from each other and from the experience, and create good will. The internship will provide a $3,000 stipend to the student matched with this project. 
 
 For more information on the NAGARA Internship Program and the City of Issaquah's participation, please contact [email protected].

 

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