Thursday, February 6, 2014

We at the Smithsonian Libraries would like to share information about our summer internship programs with your students. Information about our paid Professional Development program and our general Internship Program is below. Please pass along to anyone who may be interested! The Smithsonian Libraries will offer new, paid internships for the Professional Development Program in the summer of 2014. These internships are open to graduate students interested in working in research and museum libraries. The Libraries will award up to three paid summer internships this academic year. For the summer of 2014, internships are available in advancement, digital projects, and preservation. Candidates interested in advancement will work in the National Museum of Natural History on a gift-in-kind project as well as on events, appeals, publicity and Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board activities. Candidates interested in digital projects will work remotely for the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s 15-consortium library network, addressing user feedback for bibliographic reference inquiries as well as cataloging and metadata issues. Candidates interested in preservation will work at the Book Conservation Lab in Landover, Md., receiving an overview of basic preservation needs and performing treatments for library collections. Qualified applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, hold a 3.0 GPA in their major, 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 2014 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 21. For more information about both paid and unpaid internship opportunities, including application requirements, visit To apply online, visit In addition to the Professional Development internship program, our General Summer Internship program will soon be open with a variety of projects (part time and full time) available to both graduate students and undergraduates. Please check our website for projects soon!