Internship Opportunity: 2015 Smithsonian Professional Developments Internships, Washington

There are two Smithsonian PD Internships, one of which is about biodiversity, but I think the other one might be of interest:

Copyright Research Internship

Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).

Dates preferred: Any six weeks, June – August.

This project is ideal for a candidate with the following characteristics: Students pursuing a Masters in Library & Information Science or recent graduates of an accredited MLIS program. Basic knowledge of copyright issues within the context of the library field. Demonstrated attention to detail and strong technical writing/documentation skills. Students with an eagerness to learn more about digital librarianship are strongly encouraged to apply.

Brief description of project:

Intern will implement and evaluate a copyright status research workflow created by SIL staff.  Working from a list of potential titles for digitization, the student will investigate copyright status on an item-by-item basis, documenting outcomes and making suggestions for modifications to the workflow as necessary. Intern will also analyze the process for feasibility of implementation and help create documentation and outreach/training materials.

Intern will have the opportunity to increase his/her knowledge of copyright laws and digitization processes. Intern will also gain experience researching copyright issues and have the opportunity to evaluate a workflow in a research library and suggest modifications while gaining exposure to mass digitization in a complex production environment.

Additional Professional Development Internship Information:

Eligibility Criteria
This paid internship program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in an advanced (masters) library degree program from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or those that have graduated in the past six months.

Application Materials
1) Application
2) Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
3) Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all college/universities attended
4) Academic Essay: Two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
5) Two letters of professional or academic recommendation (e.g., professors, past employers, supervisors).

Use the SOLAA System to Apply Online:

Interns may receive up to $500 per week, which is awarded to the student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for six weeks. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.

Selection Criteria
1) At least a 3.0 GPA in the major (as verified by the submission of academic transcripts) 2) Demonstrated interest in the research and museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution and work of Smithsonian Libraries 3) Demonstrated knowledge or coursework related to Smithsonian areas of interest; solid writing, analytical, and computer skills are mandatory. 4) Suitable Smithsonian Libraries’ projects for members of applicant pool.

Final Report & Evaluation
Interns are required to submit a three to four-page report to the Smithsonian Libraries summarizing their internship activities upon completion of their internship as well as submit a blog entry about their experience.

Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:
Erin Clements Rushing (