Do you know an undergrad or graduate student studying library science, art or history? We are looking for a few good candidates to fill intern positions this spring! Both of these internships are unpaid but may be performed full or part time. Although the Smithsonian itself can not award credit for internships, but we are happy to work with academic institutions to do so. For more information about the benefits of interning at the Smithsonian, click here!
Review of reference materials in History and Culture branch libraries
This project is to assist reference librarians in the History and Culture branches in reviewing their reference collections. The process involves reviewing all library reference or ready-reference titles, with the aim of withdrawing any titles that are either redundant, available online for free or low cost, or under-used by museum staff. The intern would complete the paperwork, pack the boxes, and arrange for shipment. This topic may not often be discussed in library school. The intern would discuss the process and rationale with reference librarians and technicians and the criteria for weeding and learn how librarians make decisions to weed and cultivate a paper and online collection in a special library setting.
This internship would be either part or full time and located in various branches, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. Desirable candidates will have an understanding of the selection and de-accessioning process for reference materials (collection development) . Multiple interns may be chosen. Application deadline is January 20, 2012.
Hirshhorn Museum Library Collections Care
This internship is available either full time or part time to students with a background in art history and foreign langauages and a keen attention to detail. It entails searching databases for specific titles in the HMSG collection and transferring items to off site storage if necessary. Application deadline is January 20th, 2012.
For more information, including detailed application instructions, please visit our webpage here.