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Fall 2018, Archivist Internship, Library

  • 1.  Fall 2018, Archivist Internship, Library

    Posted 05-19-2018 09:12

    This external sponsorship/academic credit fall internship, beginning in September 2018, is an unpaid opportunity for graduate students, or undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, in social sciences with an interest in pursuing a career in archives or records management. The intern will work with the Brookings Archives to perform basic preservation activities relating to the paper collection, and to assist with planning for preservation of born-digital documents.

    This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student's field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

    Learning Objectives

    The Archivist intern will become familiar with the basic principles of maintaining a public policy research archives. The intern will assist the Brookings Archivist with accession, cataloging, reference services, and outreach. Specific projects will include updating a finding aid to the collection, rehousing material for preservation, working with OCLC ContentDM content management system, and exploring options for the preservation of born digital documents.

    Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


    Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field are eligible to apply. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. Interest in American history or public policy research, preferred. Applicants should have strong attention to detail, basic computer skills, ability to follow oral and written directions, good concentration and follow-through. Must have ability to lift 5 to 20 pounds, and ability to tolerate dust.

    Additional Information:

    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

    To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt.

    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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