Available Internships

Available Internships

For Fall 2014

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Fall 2014:
Archives Intern
Historic Map Collection Intern
Digital Projects Intern
DC Government Documents Intern

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.

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 libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern in Special Collections, and what kind of work you would be interested in 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 Special Collections Manager. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.  

Historic Map Collection Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to work with our historic map collection. The 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. Selected maps from the collection are currently being digitized as part of an exciting grant-funded project with MapStory.

The intern will lead and/or participate in the following activities:

  • Coordinate public outreach and public programming to promote digitized map collection
  • Create "map stories" using the digitized historic maps (see mapstory.org)
  • Continue work on an inventory of the collection
  • Create a searchable database and/or finding aid
  • Create metadata and input into CONTENTdm
  • Some minor preservation work, such as refoldering and ensuring that maps are properly stored

This 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.  

Requirements:

  • A strong interest in maps and map librarianship required
  • Must be a current MLS student

To apply, email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern 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.

Digital Projects Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to work with our digital projects librarian processing digitized and born-digital archival collections during the fall semester. 

The intern will participate in the following activities:
  • Assist in developing and implementing workflow for processing born-digital objects into a new Digital Preservation Repository.
  • Catalog digitized and born-digital material for import into CONTENTdm
  • Assist in digital preservation and digital collections outreach within the DC Public Library system and to the general public
This 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 beginning September 2014. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, possibly to include evenings or weekends. 

Requirements:
  • Strong interest in digital archives, digital preservation, and metadata
  • Current MLS student or recent graduate of such a program
  • Digital curation or digital archives coursework or experience strongly preferred
To apply, email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern in digital projects 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 if required by your school.

Once applications are reviewed, we will contact applicants with a response and those selected for potential internships will meet with the Digital Projects Librarian. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.

 

DC 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 libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and 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.


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