Monday, September 12, 2011

Internship - Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

Winter Archival Studies Graduate-level Internship/Practicum/Field Study Opportunities

The Smithsonian Institution has multiple unpaid internships available for students currently enrolled in graduate archival programs or recent graduates. This is an opportunity to participate in a Smithsonian-wide effort to convert legacy archival finding aids and inventories to the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format using Archivists Toolkit and/or Oxygen text editing software. Finding aids may be in electronic or hard copy formats. Templates and schemas will be provided for data mapping. Written guidelines and on site guidance will be provided by Smithsonian archivists.

Students may have the opportunity to work onsite in any of the participating Smithsonian archival units, thereby broadening their exposure to a variety of archival collections and professional staff. Participating units include the Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Archives of American Art, Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, Freer Sackler Gallery Archives, National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of American Indian Archives, the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, and the Archives of American Gardens.

This is an opportunity to gain in-depth experience with archival description, the EAD format, and EAD authoring software and systems, while working with some of the most interesting and diverse archival collections in the United States.


Please contact Barbara Aikens, Chief of Collections Processing at the Archives of American Art and Project Director at for more information.