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Internship Announcement: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, offers a full-time, 10 week, archival internship opportunity for one graduate student for summer 2019. The internship stipend is $6,000. Housing, benefits, and transportation are not provided.

The internship will:

● Enable new professionals to understand, identify, and manage the historical records of American invention and innovation;
● Expose interns to the Museum’s rich historical collections in the history of technology and 20th century material culture;
● Provide hands-on experience with archival collections that document invention and innovation;
● Create EAD finding aids to collections documenting invention and innovation using ArchivesSpace; and
● Engage interns in discussion of archival issues and practices and provide a wide range of professional experiences within the Museum.

The Application Process

Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian online application system (SOLAA). Internships are located in the Museum’s Archives Center, a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 1,400 collections documenting a wide range of subject areas and a full time staff of eleven. Interns must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and have completed graduate course work in archival, library, or information management, and/or graduate course work in American history, American Studies, Museum Studies, Public History, or another area that relates to the history of invention and innovation in American society. Recent graduates may also apply.

Complete applications must include the following:

● Internship Program application form in SOLAA;
● Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
● Cover letter and resume;
● Essay discussing your interest in the archival profession and working with invention-related materials; and
● Two (2) letters of reference.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Archives Center’s Internship FAQ when completing this application.

Applications must be submitted via the SOLAA system by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 1, 2019. Offers will be made by April 8, 2019. The internship begins on or after June 3, 2019. Because of high user volumes, the SOLAA website may exhibit poor performance on the afternoon/evening of March 1. Please plan ahead!

For further information, consult the FAQ or contact: Alison L. Oswald, Archivist National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution Archives Center, Room 1100, MRC 601 P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Phone (202) 633-3726 Fax (202) 312-1990. Email oswalda@si.edu

Internship Announcement: Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce two paid internship programs for Summer of 2019. One is specifically for undergraduate students enrolled at an HBCU (Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship); the other is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of programs at any college or university (50th Anniversary Internship Program). Internship sites are in the Washington D.C. metro area, and are not suitable for remote intern applications.

Applications for both programs are due January 18th, 2019. Please see additional details below. Full information may be found on our internship page (https://library.si.edu/internships-and-fellowships).

Feel free to share with interested students or relevant lists. Email Erin Rushing, (rushinge [at] si.edu) with questions.

Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship (https://library.si.edu/turnerinternship)
This full-time, 10-week program allows a student enrolled at a Historically Black College or University with a background in computer science to sharpen his/her skills and gain real world experience in the largest museum library system in the world.

For Summer 2019, this internship will focus on Cross-linking Data. The intern will assist in a variety of limited-scope projects cleaning, normalizing, and matching data between the Libraries’ databases and systems including our Digital Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and unique data sets related to and important to the fields of Botany and Zoology.

50th Anniversary Internship Program (https://library.si.edu/50thAnniversaryInternships)
This program was created in honor of the Libraries’ 50th Anniversary to help introduce students to the realm of museum and research libraries. Interns in this cohort will be a mix of undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of Smithsonian Libraries’ departments.  Internships will be full time for eight weeks during the summer of 2019, with stipend levels dependent on academic level.

50th Anniversary Undergraduate projects:

  • Discovery Services – Digital Presence and Footprint
  • Supporting Access to Zoological Literature: Article Definition in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

50th Anniversary Graduate projects:

  • Researching Art Ephemera Legacy Collections
  • Preservation Services: Mold Remediation and Re-binding
  • Hirshhorn Library Special Collections

Funding for the 50th Anniversary intern class was provided by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board.

See our webpage for additional information: https://library.si.edu/internships-and-fellowships

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