Each year, the Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes dozens of undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn more about various aspects of archival, preservation, and conservation work. Internships are offered throughout the year, and internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for spring, summer, and fall positions. Consult the Smithsonian Internship website for general information on the Institution’s internships. Internships can vary in length and are offered in a wide variety of activities such as:
- archival arrangement and description;
- conservation and preservation of paper, photographs, audio and video recordings, and electronic records;
- digital preservation and curation;
- researching and writing institutional history;
- creating oral and video history;
- use of the web, new media, and social media for cultural heritage organizations.
Internship applications are accepted for spring (deadline: November 1), summer (deadline: March 15), and fall (deadline: July 1) semesters. Applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Please note, the following items must be included and uploaded into the SOLAA system as part of your application:
- Essay of 500 to 1,000 words describing your learning objectives
- Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
- Two letters of reference
- Resume (cover letter optional)
For further information regarding Archives internships, contact:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
PO Box 37012 MRC 507
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Telephone - 202.633.5892
Fax - 202.633.5928
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2017 - Preservation Internship
The Collections Care Team is currently sponsoring interns for the Spring 2017 term who will work to preserve oversized collections located in the Archives' map cases. These collections contain materials from the 19th-21st centuries with a diversity of formats and content, from architectural prints to exhibition posters. This internship is an on-going project at the Archives.
The primary activity of this internship is to rehouse and reorganize the map case drawers, in order to provide more appropriate housing and improve space management. This task includes physical handling, identifying and recording preservation concerns, updating electronic inventory lists, and generating location labels. Other preservation issues, such as proper environment, housing, and minor conservation treatment of records, are also considered. Internships are typically full-time (40 hours/week) and ten weeks in length.
The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016. For a full internship description and to apply, please visit the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA).
Graduate and post-graduate students are eligible for a limited number of fellowships in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Many fellows have come to the Archives to use the collections for in-depth research on a wide variety of topics, from the history of science in America to the evolution of zoo keeping practices. The Institutional History staff serve as mentors and advisors for hosts of researchers, and continue to attract high-quality scholars from around the world.
Collections care fellows have found the Archives to be an exceptional place to further studies in paper and photographic preservation and conservation. With state of the art laboratories at their disposal, and a wide variety of types of materials to work with, fellows in this area enjoy mentoring and guidance from the experts on staff.
For further information on how to apply for a fellowship position with the Archives, visit the Office of Fellowships website. Applications are competitive and will be judged on the merits of the proposed research and how well they match the resources available in the Archives.
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Several very important people help the Archives each year by volunteering their time and energy to help accomplish a wide variety of archival projects. Volunteers range from recent graduates to retired individuals wishing to learn new skills, or to apply their well-developed skills in preserving the historical records of the Smithsonian Institution. Their generosity is remarkable and they bring to the workplace an added degree of diversity and experience.
Projects that are currently underway include:
- Photographic restoration
- Paper preservation and conservation
- Electronic records preservation
- Organizing and cataloging archival collections
- Digitizing original documents and photographs
If you are interested in working as a volunteer in the Archives, please visit the Smithsonian Volunteer website for further program and contact information.