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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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