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).
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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
- Maintains the library’s special collections, especially vertical files and microforms.
- Devises and implements policies and procedures for preservation, bibliographic control, access and security of special collection materials.
- Creates bibliographic records and metadata and manages physical processing and labeling of special collection materials.
- Participates in planning for future disposition, storage, and access to collections.
- Supervises one student library technician and volunteers.
- Prepares digital reproductions and accompanying metadata for special collections materials.
- Oversees the functioning, use and maintenance of microform readers and scanning devices; monitors special collections project workflows and use of shared equipment, spaces, and resources; provides instruction to new users and training to fellow library staff on the use of these devices.
- Proposes priorities for scanning and cataloging.
- Provides support for research, serving curatorial staff, conservators, CASVA fellows, visiting scholars, and the general public; answers reference questions received in person, by telephone, and via e-mail.
- Conducts orientation and instructional sessions to new readers on all library services, with particular emphasis on special collections.
- Develops outreach strategies and programs to increase staff and public awareness of the library’s special collections resources.
- Performs bibliographic searches in print and electronic resources.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.
Candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent in responsibility to the federal GS-7 level, maintaining one or more library collections, OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science. Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.
Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Candidates should ensure their résumé and submitted materials clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.
- Ability to maintain one or more library collections; knowledge of bibliographic systems and standards; strong knowledge of twentieth century art and artists.
- Skill in digitizing print resources and preparing descriptive metadata; knowledge of the structure and function of a digital asset management system; familiarity with operating microform readers and scanning devices.
- Knowledge of the reader services function in a library; effective oral and written communication skills
Job Announcement Numbers:
NGA 18-24A (United States Citizens and Nationals)
NGA 18-24B (Current or former competitive service Federal employees; Federal career transition employees; veterans; individuals with disabilities)