Internship Opportunities- Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC


Smithsonian Libraries Accepting Professional Development Internship Applications

The Smithsonian Libraries will award up to three paid internships for graduate students interested in working in research and museum libraries for the summer of 2012. The internships cover specific areas of librarianship, including technical services, digital projects and research, and reference and reader services. Below are the available projects. Applications close March 12th, 2012.

Projects for the Summer 2012 Program:

  • Artists’ Books
  • Candidates interested in research, reference and reader services will work in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library where they will address advanced bibliographic searching and developing exhibition ideas featuring artists’ books.

    For this internship, an MLS graduate student with art background is preferred; class work or experience with cataloging/metadata. Exhibition experience is a plus but not necessary.

  • NASM Sheet Music Cataloging
  • Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Workflow Project

Information for all applications:
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. The internships are offered to current students and recent graduates of accredited library programs. Interns may receive up to $500 dollars per week for a maximum of six weeks. Applications for summer 2012 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 12. Candidates who are not selected for the Libraries’ paid internship program may be eligible to receive non-paid internships. To view program information, requirements and additional details visit

For additional information, please contact:

Erin Clements Rushing
Digital Images Librarian
Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Room 2206 MRC 154
10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20013-7012
p. 202.633.1708
f. 202.633.4313