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Paid Summer Internship in a Smithsonian Archive

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Rinzler Archives Summer Internship

What: An opportunity to learn best practices in archives collection management firsthand
Where: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C.
When: Ten weeks in the summer, flexible depending on your schedule.

This internship in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is made possible through the generous support of the Scott and Dorothy Odell Internship Fund. The mentorship goals of this internship include working with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections, which consist of papers, photographs, audio recordings, and audiovisual media. The intern may also work with content in our Digital Asset Management System and contribute to finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and are Encoded Archival Description compatible using ArchivesSpace (ASpace). The collections include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Center’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival and its nonprofit record label, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

The deadline for the 2020 summer internship is March 15. The selected applicant will receive a stipend of $300/week for a full-time, ten-week internship. 

How to Apply

To apply online, visit solaa.si.edu and create an account. After selecting Internship, specify the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. You will be required to upload supporting materials, including an essay, résumé, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

The submission deadline for summer internships is March 15. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for other seasons. The completed application is to be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship.

If you have questions, please contact intern coordinator Arlene Reiniger at ReinigerA@si.edu.


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