General Internship Program

Intern with ipad and natural history bookBelow are a list of projects currently available for the Fall 2017 General Internship Program. Although most internships are part-time and in the DC area, please note the specific hours and geographic location for each. Intenrships in this program are unpaid learning experiences but we are happy to work with a student’s college or university to help them obtain credit.  

Applications for all projects will be collected through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System ( Be sure to select "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" as the unit and "Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship Program" as the program. You may then select the applicable projects.  Applications are due August 15th, 2017 or until filled. 

BHL Field Notes Project - Metadata and Digitization Workflow
Washington, DC.

The intern will work closely with the Smithsonian Field Book Project team, which is currently participating in the Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project, a large collaborative digitization effort. The intern's overall project will focus on the generation of post-imaging metadata and analysis of the combined imaging and metadata workflow for this digital preservation and publication project. The intern will learn how to generate item level metadata necessary for contribution of project materials to the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Smithsonian Collections Search Center and learn how to prepare an analysis report with their findings and recommendations. This work will give the intern a hands-on opportunity to understand how current workflows and standards are being implemented. The internship can be either full- or part-time.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a current student in an MLIS, Museum Studies program or an early-career archivist or librarian. Ideally they will have a strong interest in digitization, metadata, archives, and/or natural history.

Biodiversity Heritage Library Collection Development
Washington, DC

The intern will work closely with the Botany and Horticulture Library, the Natural History Library, and the Digital Library Department to select materials from Smithsonian Libraries for inclusion in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), an open access digital library of biodiversity literature.  The candidate would compare SIL holdings to BHL and other online content in order to develop a list of materials for digitization and inclusion in the BHL corpus. The intern will learn about procedures to select and evaluate content for digitization in a specialized online resource.  The internship would be part-time, approximately 10-15 hours per week.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a current student in an MLIS (or similiar) program with interest and/or experience in collection development, digitization, metadata, and bibliographic research.