RAKOW RESEARCH LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES INTERNSHIP
The Rakow Research Library is pleased to offer an archives internship that will provide career-relevant, hands-on experience in archival processing.
The Rakow Research Library is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, covering subject areas from archaeology to zoology and everything glass in between. The Special Collections & Archives department holds over 200 manuscript collections from glass manufacturers, studios, renowned glass artists and scholars, as well as design drawings and works of art on paper.
The intern will work through all phases of processing an archival collection, including writing a processing plan, arranging and describing the collection, and creating an online finding aid in ArchivesSpace. The intern may also participate in archives education and outreach activities to gain a more comprehensive overview of the operation of a special collections department. Throughout the internship, the intern will put archival theory into practice and work through archival issues as they arise in a real-world setting.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
- Gain knowledge about the library’s archives and manuscript collections.
- Apply archival theory and best practices to a processing project.
- Enhance analytic and organizational skills.
- Write a reflection piece upon completion of the internship. The format will be flexible and chosen by the intern.
- Current graduate student in a Library and Information Science program
- Coursework in archives management.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to details
- Excellent communication and time management skills
- Ability to work independently; ability to take direction; willingness to ask questions
- Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
- Ability to lift 25 pounds, push a book truck, and perform repetitive tasks.
- Stipend up to $1,500 per month, based on level of experience (summer only)
- 25% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shop and Café.
- Free admission to the museum for you and your guests.
- Opportunities to attend staff events and artist lectures.
- We are willing to work with your institution to provide academic credit, when requested.
Please send a cover letter expressing career goals and interest in the internship, along with a curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.