Digital Imaging Support Internship – National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

This internship takes place in the Digital Imaging Laboratory of the National Anthropological Archives. The goal of this internship is to digitize and make publicly available a range of archival materials, including manuscripts, photographs, and slides, as ordered by archives patrons and affiliated researchers. This work includes careful handling and photography of each object, import of images and metadata into the Smithsonian Institution Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), and, if time permits, promotion of this work through social media and outreach efforts.

The Digital Imaging Support Intern will have the opportunity to engage in all three aspects of this project, resulting in a well-rounded base of experience in archival digitization practices. The intern will report to Daisy Njoku (Media Resources Specialist for the NAA) and work under the guidance of Haley Bryant (Digitization Specialist for the Department of Anthropology, NMNH).

The intern will have the particular opportunity to help with the rapid-capture imaging of ~3,500 photo slides that comprise a portion of the papers of Dr. Dennis Stanford, renowned archaeologist and former director of the Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. These papers are made up of field notes and analysis generated from the Jones-Miller Bison Kill Site in Eastern Colorado, discovered in 1972. Containing the bones of more than 300 bison, the Paleo-Indian kill dates to roughly 8,000 BCE and is the only site in Colorado associated with the Hell Gap cultural complex. The intern may also support the fulfillment of a number of other image orders.

Schedule and hours are flexible, with the following training opportunities and learning objectives:

  • Achieve proficiency in DAMS software, to include object search, object location, and multimedia ingests.
  • Gain practical experience in archival object handling, to include objects of a variety of sizes, materials, and needs.
  • Assist with archival photography and photoshoot planning.
  • Achieve proficiency in data management standards, to include progress tracking and transfer of digital images.
  • Assist with object rehousing as needed.
  • Opportunities to attend additional lectures and workshops as they arise.

This internship is unpaid. Interns would be asked to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, and no more than 15 hours, at the Smithsonian’s off-site storage facility in Suitland, Maryland from the week of June 10th through the week of July 29th. The facility is accessible by car, Metro, or a free shuttle service from the National Mall provided by the Smithsonian. In addition to the tasks listed in the attached position description, interns will be encouraged to attend any Smithsonian events or lectures that interest them.

If interested, please send a resume, a one-page letter of interest, a prospective schedule of availability, and indicate if you’d like to do the internship for course credit no later than May 17th to Haley Bryant, Bryanth@si.edu.

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