Available Internships

Available Internships

For Spring 2015

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Spring 2015:

Archives Intern (Special Collections)
DC Government Documents 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. 
 

D.C. Government Documents Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to work with our D.C. Government Documents collection. The collection consists of more than 10,000 documents from more than 100 city agencies and regional institutions pertaining to Washington, D.C. and the greater metropolitan area, dating from the 1930s to the present. Documents pertain to the City Council, Census, economic development, DC Public Schools, health, housing, historic preservation, Executive Office of the Mayor, law enforcement, planning, transportation, WMATA (Metro), city neighborhoods and more. Currently, the collection is only accessible to seasoned researchers upon request. A finding aid has been created and is currently under revision as the collection continues to be organized. The intern will have considerable input in furthering the organization and classification of the collection, determining best practices to make the collection publicly accessible, and planning for the future maintenance and promotion of the collection.

The intern will lead and/or participate in the following activities:
  • Coordinate the organization of existing documents into appropriate agency or institution label and into box sets by chronological order, legislative session, or Ward
  • Update and edit, as necessary, existing finding aid
  • Continue work on individual box content list for existing high-demand agencies such as the Redevelopment Land Agency
  • Create a searchable database and/or finding aid for existing documents
  • Plan and assist in creating an electronic database for government documents that are “born digital”
  • Plan and assist in creating a DCPL Webpage for the D.C. Government Documents
  • Some minor preservation work, such as ensuring documents are properly stored
This Special Collections internship is open to current students at any community college and/or public and private university in the Washington metropolitan area. 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 public policy and familiarity with municipal government required.
  • Must be a current college student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program; preferred course of study, MLS, MPA, MPP or PSC.
To apply, email John Muller (john.muller@dc.gov):
  • Your resume
  • A statement of why you would like to intern with the D.C. Government Documents 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 D.C. Government Documents Librarian. 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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