Washington, DC: Paid Archival Summer Intern, DC Public Library

Job Opening Title: Archival Summer Internship

Employer Name: DC Public Library

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: May 13, 2022

Salary Range: $4,000

Years of experience required:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Internship will take place over 6.5 weeks, totaling 260 hours, between June 20 and August 3, 2022 and is a full time position at 40 hours a week. All processing work will take place in person at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Internship Duties
Intern will fully process the Records of the Urban Journalism Workshop and Literary Arts Program, and other collections as time permits.

Created in 1970 by high school teacher David Aaronson, the program allowed DC Public school students the opportunity to explore the creative arts and gain real world experience and skills through the creation of a number of student publications.

Supervised by the Archival Collections Coordinator, the intern will:
Arrange, preserve, and describe the physical materials in the collection.
Prepare all collection level data, including box and folder inventories.
With assistance, upload the finding aid data to the library’s ArchivesSpace account
Select, digitize, and create metadata for a portion of the collection.
Shadow and/or work with a member of the Digital Curation staff to upload digitized materials to the Library’s digital archive, DigDC

The project will require the intern to learn and use a number of databases and software, and adhere to archival best practices. In addition to the processing work, intern work may also involve climbing ladders, lifting boxes of 50 lbs, cleaning shelves, and other physically demanding tasks. Accommodations for physical tasks will be considered as needed.

$4,000 distributed in two payments on July 8th and August 5th

Application Requirements
All applications must be saved in a single PDF and should contain the following:
A letter of interest/cover letter
2-3 professional references

The single PDF should be emailed to peoples.archive@dc.gov, with the subject line “2022 Summer Internship + [Your Last Name].”

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:
Graduate studies students and prior experience in processing archival materials strongly preferred.
Undergraduate degree or expected degree in history, material culture, education, humanities, museum studies, museum education, anthropology or related field.
Demonstrated interest in libraries, archives, museums, exhibits, education, and/or history.
Strong writing, research, organizational, interpersonal, communication and computer skills
Ability to work both independently and in groups.

Applicants must successfully complete a background check and submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation (including any eligible booster shots).

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