Washington, DC/Remote Work: Paid Archives Intern, The Phillips Collection

Job Opening Title: Paid Archival Internship

Employer Name: The Phillips Collection

Job Location: D.C. and Remote

Application Deadline: May 1

Salary Range: TBD

Link to job posting: https://www.phillipscollection.org/paid-internships

Years of experience required: 1-3 years

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Phillips Collection’s Internship program is open to full-time undergraduate students, full-time graduate students, and recent graduates. The purpose of the internship program is to offer students and recent graduates meaningful work, educational experiences, and real-life practice in their fields of academic study and/or interest.

Overview of Department: The library and archive contain volumes related to specific artists who are a part of the permanent collection, as well as books about artistic movements, particularly from the 19th and 20th centuries. The archive contains original material created by museum founder Duncan Phillips and his wife Marjorie, who succeeded him as director. Duncan Phillips’ Directorial Correspondence will be digitized through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. The archival material slated to be digitized, beginning in August 2020, include correspondence with artists, dealers, critics and politicians. Other collections in the archive include institutional, or business records that help document the history of the museum and specific departments.

Intern Mentor: Rachel Jacobson, Digital Assets Librarian

Internship Projects: This internship will be focused on the archival side of the library and archives. The intern will focus on tasks related to the archival digitization project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Gain hands-on experience helping to implement an archival information management system, ArchivesSpace. This application will help establish standards and protocol throughout the archive and improve accessibility to a number of archival collections. The archives intern may assist in arranging and housing physical material after the digitization of our collection is completed by our digitization vendor, assuming it is safe to be on site. If you’re archival interest lay on the metadata side, enhancement opportunities and ways to connect our archival material with our permanent collection are also possible.

Projected Learning Outcomes:
● Gain functional knowledge about museum archives
● Acquire experience maintaining records utilizing a collections management software
● Gain insight into the museum’s institutional history
● Become conversant in topics related to Phillips Collection history
● Learn about the digitization of photographs and correspondence in a museum setting

Projected Institutional Impact:

● Improve researcher experience at The Phillips Collection Archive
● Preserve descriptive information pertaining to archival material
● Help to improve the infrastructure for managing digital archival records