Available Internships

Available Internships

For Spring 2016

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Spring 2016:

Archives Intern (Special Collections)

Map Collection Intern (Special Collections)
LGBT Archives Intern (Special Collections)
DC Punk Archive Intern (Special Collections)
DC Government Documents Intern (Special Collections)
Create-Your-Own Special Collections Internship (Special Collections)
​Children’s Library Intern, DC Public Library, DC Benning Prep Elementary (Children and Teen Services)
Programs and Partnerships Intern (Children and Teen Services)

 

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.

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/MLIS 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.     

 

LGBT 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.

The LGBT Archives Intern will process collections highlighting the District’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. These collections consist of photos, T-shirts, flyers and programs from various collections, including the R. Michael Vanzant/Faith Temple Collection.  

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.gray2@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 Archivist. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.  
R. Michael Vanzant/Faith Temple Collection (7 boxes)
Intern(s) will assist in foldering, arranging, and describing the records of Faith Temple, a local African American LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) church in Washington, DC, and Elder R. Michael Vanzant, one of its pastors.  The collection was formally donated to the Library on September 15, 2012 in honor of its 30th anniversary.  It includes church programs, correspondence, photos, fliers, and other materials related to the African American LGBTQ community in the city.
 

DC Punk Archive Intern (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to assist with processing, description and digitization of the DC Punk Archive during the spring semester 2016. 
 
The intern may participate or assist in the following DC Punk Archive activities:
  • Arranging and describing collections
  • Transcribing oral history collections
  • Preparing collections for digitization
  • Digitizing collections
  • Cataloging digitized and born-digital material for import into CONTENTdm
  • Assisting with DC Punk Archive outreach and programs
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 January 2016. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, possibly to include evenings or weekends.  Interns can use this internship to fulfill graduate practicum or field work requirements.
 
Requirements:
 
  •          Strong interest in community archiving and music
  •          Current MLS student or recent graduate of such a program
  •          Coursework or experience in archival best practices and/or metadata preferred
To apply, email Michele.casto@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern with the DC Punk Archive 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 a 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 a DC Punk Archive team member. 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
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 mark.greek@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 Collections Coordinator. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.
 

Create-Your-Own Special Collections Internship (unpaid)

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking interns to work with various collections and provide outstanding service to the public. We are offering customizable “build your own” internships to qualifying candidates.

Choose a combination of any of the categories listed below to create an opportunity that best suits your needs.
  • Exhibitions
  • Virtual Reference
  • Map Collection
  • Archival Processing
  • Government Documents
  • Periodicals
  • Outreach and Public Programming
  • Metadata and Digitization
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.  

To apply, email Lauren Martino (lauren.martino@dc.gov) with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern with Special Collections 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 Collections Coordinator. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.


Children’s Library Intern, DC Public Library, DC Benning Prep Elementary (unpaid)

The DC Public Library (DCPL) and DC Prep – Benning Campus Public Charter School are collaborating on a pilot project to establish a lending library in the DC Prep – Benning Elementary School. DC 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: DC 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 DCPL 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 branch 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 DCPL Children’s librarian for resource sharing, outreach and programming activities.
  • Collaborate with faculty on instruction, library programing and visits to Dorothy I. Height/Benning branch 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 DC Benning Prep Elementary. Interns are exp­­ected to commit to 10-20 hours per week.  
 
To apply, email libraryvolunteers@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern at DC 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.
 

Programs and Partnerships Intern (unpaid)

The Programs and Partnership Department has an opening for an intern at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, D.C. The DC Public Library engages in programs and partnerships that provide opportunities, resources, and space to enrich, enlighten, entertain, and engage community members. The intern will participate in the following activities:
 
  • Co-manage data and logistics for Letters about Literature Program, including preparing adjudication materials
  • Co-manage Letters About Literature ceremony preparations including designing and editing program booklet and invitations
  • Support planning for the summer reading program
  • Research other public library participation in connected learning initiatives (e.g. HIVE networks and Cities of Learning) to support the District of Learning network
  • Assist with a variety of programming support tasks, from preparing content for website to craft supply inventory and management
  • Participate in youth service meetings and meetings with external partners
Requirements:
  • A strong interest in librarianship, youth services and outreach
  • Must be a current undergraduate or MLS student
Applicants must commit to a semester-long, 120-hour internship working for the Programs and Partnerships 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 Programs and Partnerships, 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 Programs and Partnerships staff. Please note that at that time, paperwork for a background check will also be processed.  



 

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