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Lemelson Center Archival Internship

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, offers a full-time, 10 week, archival internship opportunity for one graduate student each summer. The internship stipend is $7,000. Housing, benefits, and transportation are not provided.

Enable new professionals to understand, identify, and manage the historical records of American invention and innovation

Expose interns to the Museum's rich historical collections in the history of technology and 20th century material culture

Provide hands-on experience with archival collections that document invention and innovation

Create EAD finding aids to collections documenting invention and innovation using ArchivesSpace

Engage interns in discussion of archival issues and practices and provide a wide range of professional experiences within the Museum

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an archival studies program, and/or a program in American history, American Studies, Museum Studies, or Public History, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year. Preference is given for completed graduate course work in archival, library, or information management.

The internship is open to students of all nationalities. United States citizenship is not required. If the selected intern is a non-US citizen, they will be required to work with the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships and the Office of International Relations to determine whether or not they require and are eligible for visa sponsorship by the Smithsonian.

Recent graduates may also apply. Individuals must have completed their graduate degrees no more than one year prior to the application deadline. Current undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian online application system (SOLAA). Internships are located in the Museum's Archives Center, a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 1,500 collections documenting a wide range of subject areas and a full time staff of ten.

Internship Program application form in SOLAA
Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
Cover letter and resume
An essay (1,000 words maximum) discussing your interest in the archival profession and working with invention-related materials
Two (2) letters of reference
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Archives Center’s Internship FAQ when completing this application.

Applications must be submitted via the SOLAA system by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, 2023. An offer will be made by mid-April. The internship begins on or after May 15, 2023. Because of high user volumes, the SOLAA website may exhibit poor performance on the afternoon/evening of March 1. Please plan ahead!

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Alison Oswald

Washington, DC
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