Available Internships

Available Internships

For Spring 2015

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Summer & Fall 2015:

Archives Intern (Special Collections)
Map Collection Intern (Special Collections)
 

Archives Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department has openings for interns at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, D.C. The work consists of archival processing under the direction of Special Collections Archivists and will culminate in the creation of one or more finding aids. Collections vary in size and extent of processing needed. Participants are typically able to choose from a selection of which collection(s) they process. Priority collections include those related to LGBT history, civil rights, performing arts and local activists.

The Special Collections internship is open to current MLS students. Applicants must commit to a semester-long, 120-hour internship working for the Special Collections Department. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, possibly to include evenings or weekends.
 
To apply, email Derek Gray (derek.gray2@dc.gov):
  • Your resume
  • A statement of why you would like to intern in Special Collections
  • What kind of work you would be interested in
  • What you hope to learn from the experience.
Indicate whether you are requesting a for-credit internship, and the timeline for development and approval of the field study contract that is required by your school.
 
Once applications are reviewed, we will contact applicants with a response and those selected for potential internships will come for a meeting with the archivist. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed. 
 

Map Collection Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to work with the historic Washingtoniana Map Collection. The purpose of this project is to prepare the collection for digitization (in Dig DC) and make it more accessible. The intern will conduct an inventory of the collection, create a searchable database and/or finding aid and create metadata. In addition, some minor preservation work is required, such as refoldering and ensuring that maps are properly stored.

DC Public Library Special Collections has partnered with MapStory to make Washingtoniana's digitized maps available for map-storytelling. MapStory is an online social cartographic platform with the goal of empowering the community of experts to crowd-source and peer review data within a geospatial and temporal framework. The intern will create "mapstories" within this framework using Washingtoniana's digitized maps. The intern will assist with public programming related to this project.  

The Washingtoniana Map Collection consists of about 8,000 maps of the Washington, D.C., area, dating from 1612 to the present. Currently, searching the collection is limited to a card catalog. The intern will have considerable input in determining how to make this collection electronically accessible. This internship will focus primarily on maps from the 1970s to the present.

This position is open to field study/practicum participants and current MLS students. Applicants must commit to a semester-long, 120-hour internship working for the Special Collections Department. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, possibly to include evenings or weekends.  

Requirements:

  • A strong interest in maps and map librarianship
  • Some knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards
  • Must be a current MLS student

To apply, email Lauren Martino (lauren.martino@dc.gov):

  • Your resume
  • A statement of why you would like to work with the map collection and what you hope to learn from the experience.

Indicate whether you are requesting a for-credit internship, and the timeline for development and approval of the field study contract that is required by your school.
 
Once applications are reviewed, we will contact applicants with a response and those selected for potential internships will come for a meeting with the map librarian. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.

     

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