Summer 2017 General Internships

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to offer three projects for Summer 2017 internships. Although most are part-time and in the DC area, please note the specific  geographic location for each. These are unpaid learning experiences but we are happy to work with a student’s college or university to help them obtain credit. For additional information about our internship program, please see our main Internships and Fellowhips page.

Applications for all projects will be collected through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (https://solaa.si.edu/). 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 April 1, 2017 or until filled.

Native American Artist Files

Location of internship: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, Cultural Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian (Suitland, MD)

This project would be ideal for an undergraduate student or graduate student with a major/minor, or strong interest in Native American contemporary art and artists, Native American Art History, and/or Library Science. Experience with data entry and scanning would be beneficial.

The intern will continue the development of the Native American Artist Files located in the Deloria Library. This project's main focus will be researching and adding the artists and organizations who participated in NMAI’s Artist Leaders Program (ALP) to the Artist Files database. The intern will create new physical files for ALP artists without existing files; and, transfer new materials from the ALP files to current files.

An intern working on this project will gain new knowledge about Artist files and their collective nature; gain new exposure with Native American art, artists, and the NMAI collections; gain skills and knowledge of special collection development and maintenance; and exposure to a wide variety of museum library practices and organization.

Educational Programs and Resource Development

Location of internship: Education Department, located in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.

This project would be ideal for a Masters candidate in good standing in the following fields: Library Science, Education, Museum Education, Art History, History. Though all with applicable experience are welcome.

Intern will be mentored by the Education Specialist to further develop educational resource, I See Wonder, for k-12 audience. Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience researching images, applying common core standards to resources, developing content, working with teachers and students, and marketing the program.

Through this experience, an intern will have the opportunity to develop and grow original digital educational content, apply his/her understanding of common core standards to content and strengthen knowledge of museum and library collections.

Chesapeakiana Collection Project

Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Library, Edgewater, MD.

This project is ideal for a motivated self-starter with an interest in the subject matter. A college junior or higher in any degree program.

The primary project for the SERC Library Intern will be to explore whether items in the SERC Library’s ‘Chesapeakiana’ collection are eligible for inclusion in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL--an online library), and to submit eligible items to the BHL for scanning. Per time and interest of the intern, there is also an opportunity to forge connections with other libraries containing significant Chesapeake-related collections with an eye towards a collaborative scanning project.  The internship may also include general reference and collection duties as time and interest permits, including selecting and describing items for inclusion in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Adopt-a-book program.

The student will become familiar with grey literature and copyright issues.  They will develop knowledge about the collaborative workings in a large, complex library.  If they are not already experienced in an academic library they will also learn about LOC call numbers, library catalogs and Interlibrary Loan procedures.