Available Internships

Available Internships

For Spring 2015

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Fall 2015:

Archives Intern (Special Collections)
Children's Library Intern (Programs and Partnerships)
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. 

Children's Library Intern, DC Public Library, D.C. Benning Prep Elementary (unpaid)

The DC Public Library and D.C. Prep – Benning Campus Public Charter School are collaborating on a pilot project to establish a lending library in the D.C. Prep – Benning Elementary School. D.C. Benning Prep Elementary serves approximately 430 children from Pre-K through third grade.

This pilot will go far beyond simply lending books at the school: D.C. Prep will fully integrate the library into school activities, including using library materials to support the curriculum, having classes visit the library during school hours, and having a library intern and DC Public Library librarian assist teachers with classroom instruction on relevant topics.

The pilot project will evaluate the impact of a school library based on student opinions about reading and libraries, student reading time, student achievement, and the school’s connection to the Benning neighborhood library.

A children’s librarian from nearby Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library will work a few days a week at the school assisting with the training of the intern, with the development of the services in the library, and with the measurement of the impact of the library

The intern will participate in the following activities:

  • Lead class visits in story times, book selection and programming specific to school unit themes and activities.
  • Collaborate with DC Public Library children’s librarian for resource sharing, outreach and programming activities.
  • Collaborate with faculty on instruction, library programing and visits to Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
  • Assist in coordination of reading survey and questioning of focus groups for evaluation of student change in reading habits and opinions of reading and libraries.

Requirements:

  • A strong interest in librarianship, youth services and outreach required
  • Must be a current MLS student

Applicants must commit to a semester-long, 120-hour internship working for the DC Public Library at D.C. Benning Prep Elementary. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week.  Deadline for resumes and cover letters: August 17. 

To apply, email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern at D.C. Benning Prep, 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 Programs and Partnerships staff. 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.

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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