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Archives of American Gardens Internship

The Archives of American Gardens internship provides opportunities to perform various archival collections management tasks including cataloging and digitization. This experience will help interns gain practical experience in preparing archival collections for research access. Assignments focus on cataloging garden files and images by describing their content according to recognized data standards, digital asset management, assisting with basic research and reference duties, and developing a range of outreach materials. Depending on which projects may be available, interns may also have an opportunity to develop finding aids.

Knowledge of and/or experience with archival practices is preferred. Accuracy, attention to detail, and good writing skills are required.

Optional: In-person archival processing, inventory, and/or performing basic preservation practices at Archives of American Gardens headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Desired Qualifications
Graduate degree candidate in museum studies, public history, or library/information science
A very high attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
Excellent writing abilities and communication skills
Previous experience working with photographic or visual materials preferred
Ability to work well independently and with others

Interests
Processing and describing photographic collections
Image management and structured data
Use of social media for outreach and education
Gaining hands-on experience using the following software programs: ArchivesSpace, Adobe Bridge/Photoshop, Open Text/Digital Asset Management system
Art history, history of photography, garden or landscape studies

How to Apply

Online application through the Smithsonian On-line Academic A
Two letters of recommendation
College transcript(s)
Essay describing background, interest in field, and career goals

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: gardens@si.edu

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