Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Interns

Approximate Date of Posting July 15,  2017

 Position Archival Arrangement, Preservation, and Description, Cataloging and Metadata, Collection Development, Digital Projects, Reference:

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Company/Organization  Rock Hall Library & Archives

Schedule/Hours 16 or more hours a week, (up to 40 hours a week during the summer); Flexible work schedules

Time Frame minimum of 8 weeks.

Compensation: Unpaid

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Internships are offered in the following areas:

Archival Arrangement, Preservation, and Description

This internship provides the opportunity for a student to participate in archival processing and preservation work, such as inventorying, arranging and describing archival collections, entering data into an archival management system, helping to create an institutional disaster plan, and performing basic preservation work on document-based collections.

Cataloging and Metadata

This internship provides the opportunity for a student to work on projects to create and enhance bibliographic records in a library catalog and/or create metadata for digital collections. Such work may entail assigning subject and name access points, preparing descriptive summaries, and reviewing catalog records for accuracy.

Collection Development

This internship provides an opportunity for a student to participate in collection development activities in a music research library. Such work includes evaluating current materials and making recommendations for future additions to the collection. The student will gain an understanding of library users’ needs, the constraints of physical space, various resources and tools used in collection development, and the budgetary considerations required of such decisions.

Digital Projects

This internship provides the opportunity for a student to work in support of digitization initiatives to increase access to collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include scanning, entering and editing metadata in a digital asset management system, preparing technical and administrative documentation, testing digitization workflows, and assisting with interface design, usability studies, and related web development activities.


This internship provides the opportunity for a student to support the archivists and librarians on staff in response to research requests. Such work may include searching the online catalog, research databases, print reference sources, and archival collections for researchers at a distance, as well as staffing the Information Desk to assist researchers in person.


An intern must currently be enrolled in a college or graduate school program, preferably sophomore – senior status. This intern should have completed coursework related to: Archives, Library and Information Science, Public History, History, Museum Studies or equivalent. Should have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Internships are done on a volunteer basis. The Rock Hall does not offer compensation. Availability to work 16 or more hours a week, up to 40 hours a week during the summer, for a minimum of 8 weeks. Graduate students preferred. Intern must be available during the Monday to Friday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.


Basic understanding of archival arrangement and description


Skilled with computers and databases

Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

Rock Hall Library & Archives Internships will be located at the Library & Archives location at 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

We offer:

Great work experience

Exciting Work Environment

Flexible work schedules

Discounts on Rock Hall merchandise

Free parking at the Library & Archives

Additional training, professional development and benefits during the summer session

Application Procedures

Please complete the following steps to apply for an internship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Prepare a cover letter and resume.

Include a letter of reference/recommendation from a professor in your field.*

Personal Statement – prepare a one-page summary describing what you hope to bring to the internship and what you hope to gain during the internship.

The letter of recommendation may be sent separately from the online application materials if necessary. Please submit to


Deadlines: The deadlines for the Library and Archives internships differ from the other internships based on various programs. The deadlines are:

Spring ;October 15

Summer; February 15

Fall ;June 15


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