PAID Summer Internship – Digital Curation/Archives Processing, National Geographic, Washington, DC

The National Geographic Society is seeking an archive intern who will work with the Library and Archives staff to help team of collections and technical specialists to enhance and build out the discoverability of NGS research grant history. Knowledge and appreciation of science, language, and organizational concepts come together in this learning experience. Strong interest in and some training in digital curation preferred. Our ideal candidate is someone who is interested in making the scholarly record more accessible and who is motivated to take a deep dive into this issue. And is highly motivated, thinks creatively, and is familiar with standard archival practices.
The aim of the Internship is to provide a well rounded archival experience. Interns are given the opportunity to work with primary sources and materials, to work closely with a more experienced archivist, and to work in a setting with a variety of library and archival functions and activities. Interns may get the opportunity to share and document their work through internal and external channels or other events.
Prospective interns will work mainly in the photo and film archives conservation area, but may have the opportunity to work in a limited capacity in other sections during their internship. The breadth of tasks will support the day-to-day operations of the Photo and Film Archives, and will include learning how to prepare assets for digital preservation, records management techniques, and collection assessment and survey methodology.
The following are brief descriptions of the duties an intern can expect to undertake:

Principal Learning Responsibilities

  •  Digital Curation:  The intern will assist in researching and organizing collections and creating metadata to prepare materials for ingest into digital repository, understand concepts of  and perform imaging of archival materials  (30%)
  • Creating finding aids:  Assist in creating a comprehensive finding aids for selected collections or adding to existing finding aids. (25%)
  • Inventory, arrangement and description, cataloging of physical grant reports and project files (25%)
  • Gain experience working in an archive setting including conservation and preservation assignments, research and interpretation within the collections, inventories and rehousing. (20%)

Related Field of Study Required

Current enrollment in Archives Library or Information Science graduate program

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Ability to work well with others and independently as needed; strong writing and organizational skills
  • Exceptional attention to details.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, initiative, and resourcefulness.
  • Knowledge of digital image editing, knowledge of standard digital curation and archival practices, knowledge of proper handling techniques for collections materials.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) or Google (Docs and Sheets)
  • Knowledge of standard conservation, preservation and archival practices.

Additional Information

Cover letter is required. Please submit cover letter with your resume.

Student must be enrolled in a US based accredited college or university.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted by 3/15/19 – Offers will go out by March 29, 2019.

Internship Dates

Start Date: 6/3/19 (no exceptions)

End Date: 8/9/19

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Digital Curation/Archives Processing Intern

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