Monday, February 10, 2014

National Anthropological Archives SIMA Reference Internship.

*Internship Title*: National Anthropological Archives SIMA Reference Internship. *Description*: The National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is seeking an intern to complete an archives reference project during its SIMA program, which brings a large number of graduate student researchers into the NAA research room for several weeks during the summer. The intern will have the opportunity to tailor the project to his or her own learning objectives as the NAA hosts a wide variety of researchers - both scholarly and non-scholarly - and houses a wide variety of collections with multiple media formats, levels of organization, and challenges from both preservation and access perspectives. The internship experience is an opportunity to learn - through hands-on training and one-on-one engagement with both knowledgeable staff and a variety of researchers - how the theory and principles encountered in archives coursework translate into real-world archival and reference practice. Projects often revolve around the reference process from consulting with researchers to determine the material most likely to suit their needs, to serving this material and monitoring its use in the research room. *Qualifications*: Applicants should be current students or recent graduates from an archives program and have completed or be enrolled in an introductory course in archival principles and practices. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is generally expected of graduate student interns. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is also required, as well as the ability to lift at least 30 pounds. Preference is given to applicants with strong research, writing, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. This position also requires attention to detail and professionalism. Students interested in anthropology are encouraged to apply. *Hours and Stipend*: The internship runs through June and July 2013 (the SIMA program itself takes place June 23-July 18) and carries a stipend of $3000. The project must be completed from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesdays-Fridays. *Location*: The National Anthropological Archives is located in the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD. The center is a 15-minute walk from the Suitland Metro Station on the Green Line and is also accessible via free shuttle from the National Mall. Free parking is also available. *To Apply*: Interested students should send a resume and cover letter indicating the student's background and learning objectives to Adam Minakowski at before Friday, February 14.