The Archives of American Art has is seeking a graduate intern for 2014 to
assist with a multi–year project funded by the Council of Library and
Information Resources’ Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant
program. Applicants must be students or recent graduates (12 months) of
graduate-level archival programs who have some experience with audiovisual
media, or of specialized graduate programs in audiovisual preservation with
an interest in gaining skills for working in a manuscript repository
setting. Due to the subject matter of the project collections, the
internship will be of particular interest and value to students interested
in contemporary art history.
The intern will work with mixed-media collections and assist with the
development of approaches to processing archival manuscript collections that
contain large amounts of audiovisual media. The internship is designed to
provide hands-on experience with both traditional archival processing and
handling of archival recordings. Interns will be expected to process a small
project collection and to write a finding aid to the collection in EAD using
Archivist’s Toolkit. Interns may also be assigned additional collection
management tasks related to film, video, and/or sound recordings in the
The intern will be supervised by the Audiovisual Archivist, and will be
expected to commit to a full-time schedule for ten weeks in the summer of
2014. Intern will receive a stipend of $4000.
Required Skills and Abilities:
• Coursework in archival descriptive practices and standards.
• Familiarity with obsolete audiovisual media formats.
Preferred Skills and Abilities:
• Experience with archival collections processing
• Experience using EAD and DACS
• Experience identifying and handling archival motion picture film,
video, and sound recordings
Submit a résumé, cover letter, and the name and e-mail address of one
reference who we will contact for a letter of recommendation. Applications
are only accepted through the Smithsonian’s online internship application
system (https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html) and are due February 24.
Applicants must specify that they are applying for the Archival Audiovisual
Media Studies internship at the Archives of American Art. Candidates will be
notified of a decision by the end of March.
For more information about the Archives of American Art and its collections,
visit our website at http://www.aaa.si.edu/. A complete project description
of the grant project can be found at
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/projects/clir. Information about graduate
internships at AAA can be found at
http://www.aaa.si.edu/aboutus/opportunities#grad. Additional questions are
welcome via e-mail to Megan McShea, Audiovisual Archivist, Archives of
American Art at [log in to unmask] No phone calls, please.