Approximate date of posting November 30, 2018
Position:50th Anniversary Internships
Eligibility UnderGraduate Level Students currently enrolled, or those who have graduated in the past six months.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Company/Organization Smithsonian The Smithsonian Libraries’ successful internship program currently provides students in library and information science and other disciplines, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work side by side with expert Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian staff to acquire the latest skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed for today’s information and cultural heritage marketplace. In honor of the Libraries’ 50th Anniversary, a new paid internship program was created and will begin in Summer 2019. Interns in this program will be a mix of education levels, allowing the Libraries to nurture a passion for information services and museum libraries in a variety of age groups.
Time Frame. eight weeks Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.
Compensation: (stipend: $500/week)
- Discovery Services – Digital Presence and Footprint
Location: Discovery Services, Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, DC.
The ideal candidate would be an undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest, classes, and/or experience in: Communications, Digital Marketing/Strategies, Library and Information Science.
Discovery Services is the office within the Libraries that acquires new library materials, describes them for our library catalog and other systems, and shares these materials with our patrons and the world. Through this project, an intern will review the external web presence, intranet (Sharepoint) page and related documentation for Discovery Services. The intern will review information and messaging related to staff pages and organization, department summaries, and service descriptions, both on the Libraries webpage (library.si.edu) and the internal Sharepoint page. He/she will evaluate Discovery Services content and audience, research the ways similar groups present information and make recommendations for improvements and changes. The intern will also review the organization of Discovery Services documents, procedures and policies.
Through this project, an intern will learn how to review, critique and enhance a digital presence for a unit that is part of a much larger, extensive organization. The intern will compare the office’s digital storefront to peer groups (and learn how to identify peer groups) and extrapolate approaches and methods applicable to the Discovery Services Division. The intern will work with a variety of content types and communication platforms. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate to learn the inner workings of a library, particularly the areas of technical services.
Supporting Access to Zoological Literature: Article Definition in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Location: Digital Programs and Initiatives, Smithsonian Libraries, Washington DC
The ideal candidate would be an undergraduate student with coursework in zoology and/or demonstrated interest in working for a Zoo or in a related field. Some familiarity with Excel is preferred.
This intern will help make important zoological literature, digitized from the Smithsonian Libraries collections, more accessible to researchers around the world. Specifically, the intern will work to ‘segment’ digitized journals into their component articles by creating new access points on the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s digital library platform.
The intern will create article-level metadata for these publications under the guidance of the National Zoological Park Librarian and then define these articles within the Biodiversity Heritage Library under the guidance of the Digital Collections Librarian. The intern will create blog posts and social media content, highlighting both this work and the collections themselves.
Through this project, the intern will learn about the principles of information science and information discovery/access, the concept of name authorities, and the complexities around digital libraries and metadata. An intern with a focus on the zoological sciences would hone vital research skills for a career in biological research, while gaining exposure to the utility of librarian-researcher partnerships. An intern focused on a career in the library sciences, would learn about science librarianship and digital librarianship on a more granular level, with real-world examples of user-centered practice.
How to Apply: All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system: https://solaa.si.edu . Applicants should be sure to choose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit, “Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Internship Program” as the program, and then select the two projects that most interest them.
POC: Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:
Erin Clements Rushing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline: January 18th, 2019.