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Internships and Fellowships from the Smithsonian Libraries

Internships and Fellowships from the Smithsonian Libraries

I. Main Information Page for Internships and Fellowships:

From The Smithsonian: “The Smithsonian Libraries offers internship opportunities to graduate students, library professionals, and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in library and information science. Intern assignments may include a project or a structured practical experience. The Libraries selects interns based on its needs and on the specific education, training, skills, and interest of the applicant. With the exception of the Professional Development Internship, stipends are generally not offered by the Libraries, but funded internships may be available through the Smithsonian’s Center for Museum Studies and the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Grants.”

II. Opportunities from the Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art (which is part of the Smithsonian):

From the Warren M. Robbins Library: “The Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art, founded in 1971, is the major resource center in the United States for the research and study of the visual arts of Africa. Its collection of more than 32,000 volumes covers all aspects of African visual arts, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, pottery, textiles, crafts, popular culture, photography, architecture, rock art, and archaeology. The African Art Library has significant supporting collections of African ethnography, musicology, performing arts, theater, cinema, oral traditions, religion, creative writing, and arts in the African Diaspora as well as general information on the history of African countries. The African Art Library has extensive files on contemporary African artists and on topics relating to African art, culture and history. It also has small collections of videos, posters, and maps.”

“Volunteer & Intern Opportunities
The African Art Library offers opportunities to volunteer for a few hours a week. Training is provided. Internships for college students in library science, African art history, and museum studies are also available. To inquire about volunteering and internships, call (202) 633-4681.”

III. Notes from DMIL: Some of the opportunities above offer funds. Not all the libraries are located in DC; a couple are in MD and one in NYC.

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Boston Athenӕum Job Posting. Anticipated start date is mid to late July 2015.

The Boston Athenӕum seeks a professional, collegial, and outgoing Weekend Reference Librarian who will oversee reference and circulation services on weekends at an historic membership library. Hours must include Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and Sundays (noon to 4:00 p.m.) and other times during weekdays and evenings, up to a total of 20 hours per week. This part-time exempt position reports to the Head of Reader Services. Anticipated start date is mid to late July. See the employment webpage for more information:

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L.A. as Subject Archival Residency Program. Applications are due June 26, 2015

Residency Details:
The Autry National Center Libraries and Archives, the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Libraries, and the USC Libraries will each host and mentor a Resident Archivist for an initial three-month supervised archival project, followed by three, three-month rotations at L.A. as Subject member archive sites, applying archival standards and practices to make local collections accessible.

A total of three Residents will be hired.

Appointments are for one year only.

$41,600 anticipated hiring maximum, plus benefits

Resident Requirements:
· Completion of an MLIS or equivalent graduate degree (no earlier than May 2013) with an emphasis on Archival Administration
· Ability to travel to assigned rotation sites (3 total), located throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding areas

Candidates will apply directly to the Autry, CSUN Libraries, and/or USC Libraries, Please see direct links to each job announcement below.

Applications are due June 26, 2015. Residents would start work in early November.

For more information please read the Residency Program FAQ or contact Project Coordinator Cindy Mediavilla at

Click here to apply to the Autry National Center

Click here to apply to Cal State University Northridge Libraries (job id# 4773)

Click here to apply to USC Libraries.

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