World of Maps Conservation Internship

The Smithsonian Libraries is offering two four-month paid internships for emerging conservation professionals for The World of Maps Project. The World of Maps project seeks to protect and preserve maps across various departments of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. In this internship, two interns will learn how to review collections, assess treatment needs, and perform conservation stabilization for 50 annotated maps; and to further identify preservation needs for housing and storage for an additional 1400 maps, important to past and active museum research. Interns will gain exposure to the methodologies of cartography, archives and librarianship, overlaid with the modern layers of digital enhancement to historic content will be explored, as the World of Maps interns also interact often with the NMNH’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group.

Both interns would report to the Smithsonian Libraries, with consulting technical supervision by Smithsonian Archives, and curatorial input from staff in the National Museum of Natural History.

The internship is 16 weeks (four months) starting in early September 2018.  The stipend is $8,000.00 ($500/week).  Interns are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation arrangements. See our main Internship page for more information about our internship program.

The application deadline is May 1, 2018.  

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the internships should be students currently enrolled in programs, or a recent graduates with coursework completed in a) the conservation of library materials, and b) library/archives/collections management.

Application Materials
1) Application
2) Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
3) Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all college/universities attended
4) Academic Essay: Two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian Libraries
5) Two letters of professional or academic recommendation (e.g., professors, past employers, supervisors).

All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system: . Applicants should be sure to choose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit, “Smithsonian Institution Libraries Professional Development Internship” as the program and “World of Maps Conservation” as the project.  


Interns may receive up to $500 per week, which is awarded to the student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for 32 weeks. Interns are not eligible for Smithsonian or Federal transportation benefits.


Applications close May 1, 2018.  Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in mid-May. Professional Development internships are performed for 32 full weeks during the fall.

Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:

Erin Clements Rushing (  Or: