World of Maps Conservation Internship – Smithsonian Libraries – Washington, MD

The Smithsonian Libraries has just opened an exciting paid internship opportunity for Fall of 2018 that is perfect for an emerging book or paper conservator. Please feel free to share!

The Smithsonian Libraries is offering two four-month paid internships for emerging conservation professionals for The World of Maps Project. The World of Maps project seeks to protect and preserve maps across various departments of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. In this internship, two interns will learn how to review collections, assess treatment needs, and perform conservation stabilization for 50 annotated maps; and to further identify preservation needs for housing and storage for an additional 1400 maps, important to past and active museum research. Interns will gain exposure to the methodologies of cartography, archives and librarianship, overlaid with the modern layers of digital enhancement to historic content will be explored, as the World of Maps interns also interact often with the NMNH’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group.

Both interns would report to the Smithsonian Libraries, with consulting technical supervision by Smithsonian Archives, and curatorial input from staff in the National Museum of Natural History.

The internship is 32 weeks (four months) starting in early September 2018.  The stipend is $16,000.00 ($500/week).

The application deadline is May 1, 2018.  

Please see our webpage for detailed information and application instructions: . Email Erin Rushing ( with questions.

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