Available Internships

Available Internships

For Summer & Fall 2016

Available Internship/Field Study Opportunities for Summer & Fall 2016:

Archives Intern (Special Collections)

Map Collection Intern (Special Collections)
LGBT Archives Intern (Special Collections)
Create-Your-Own Special Collections Internship (Special Collections)
DC Punk Archive 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. In preparation for the move out of MLK Library, the intern will assist with packing and boxing the maps for long term storage.

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 preferred
  • 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.

 

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.
 

DC Punk Archive Internship (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 2016 summer and fall semesters. 
 
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 June or September 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.


 

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