U.S. DOT Paid Summer Internship Opportunities--Washington, D.C.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research Library and National Transportation Library (NTL), both located in the Washington, D.C. area, are seeking students pursuing MLS degrees (or equivalents) for paid, full-time internships for the period June 4 - August 10, 2012. These internships are being offered as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The internships include a $5,000 stipend, along with housing and travel (relocation) arrangements for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The deadline for submitting an application is December 31, 2011. For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/education/Stipdg.htm. If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to DOTSTIPDG@twc.edu.
Note: When applying, please select your interest areas as the Federal Highway Administration (with specialty Research and Development) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (with no specialty). List FHWA Research Library and/or National Transportation Library in the space provided for specifying areas of interest that are not included.
The following are potential internship projects. Responsibilities may be modified depending on the number of accepted applicants and the interest areas of the candidates. For more information about individual projects, please contact Deena Adelman at email@example.com or 202-493-3058.
PROCESSING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS
Responsibilities: For both libraries: Arrange textual, cartographic, and/or photographic materials; create inventories and finding aids; apply subject headings; implement preservation measures; select materials for digitization and display.
For FHWA only: Conduct background research on FHWA laboratories and past executives.
For NTL only: Assist in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services.
Desired Qualifications: Coursework towards a specialization in archives; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices, EAD, and DACS; knowledge of LCSH and MARC; strong communication, organizational, and analytical skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations, take on new tasks, and meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.
For FHWA only: Experience conducting historical research.
For NTL only: Familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography.
Responsibilities: For both libraries: Create catalog records for a unique technical sub-collection; perform simple and complex copy cataloging; assist in the creation of original cataloging records; assign subject headings and call numbers; perform collection assessment and prioritization; participate in workflow assessment. For NTL only: Contribute to traditional and digital repository cataloging systems, database integration, and taxonomy development; assist in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services.
Desired Qualifications: Cataloging coursework and/or experience; familiarity and/or experience with AACR2, MARC; knowledge of LCSH; knowledge of LC Classification System; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.
For NTL only: Knowledge of and/or familiarity with non-MARC metadata (e.g., Dublin Core); familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography.
For more information about the libraries, please see the following web sites:
Federal Highway Administration Research Library: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/library
National Transportation Library: http://ntl.bts.gov