Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Professional Development Internship

Dear colleagues,

The Smithsonian Libraries has announced new, paid internships for graduate students interested in working in research and museum libraries in 2013.  If you have candidates who are interested in cataloging Chinese books in particular, please help us to circulate the announcement. The Libraries internship program covers areas such as special collections and preservation, cataloging and metadata services, digital projects and research, and reference and reader services. All internships are unique learning experiences designed for current graduate students or recent graduates who wish to gain experience in research and/or museum libraries. The 2013 paid internship projects are the following:
• Evaluating Our Future: Special Collections in the Smithsonian’s Art Libraries in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, NY.
• Chinese Book Backlog Cataloging Project in the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C.
• National Air & Space Museum Library Sheet Music Project in the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
• Special Collections and Preservation in the Book Conservation Lab, Landover, Md.
• Native American Artist Files in the National Museum of the American Indian, Suitland, Md.
• Biodiversity Heritage Library Virtual Reference Intern in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.; virtual work options are also available.

Qualified applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, currently enrolled in an advanced library degree program from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or have graduated in the past six months, demonstrate interest in the research and museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution and Libraries and show solid writing, analytical and computer skills. Interns may receive up to $500 dollars per week for a maximum of six weeks. Applications for summer 2013 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 11.

To read more about these opportunities as well as the Libraries unpaid internship program, visit To apply online, visit

Yue Shu 舒悦
Assistant Librarian
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution Libraries

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