Digitization Internship at the American Museum of Natural History

Original Post Date: August 14, 2011

American Museum of Natural History Development Office

Digitization Project Internship (Unpaid)

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Development office is digitizing its donor files and is looking for an intern to assist with the first phase of this two phase project. Phase I is to be completed over a period of 3-4 months. While we can be flexible with scheduling during the semester, we require at least 14 hours per week. This is a chance to use your creativity and library skills to develop real-world solutions.


This is an excellent opportunity for a bright self-starter with strong organizational skills to be immersed in a records management project from the start. The qualified candidate will assist staff in Phase I activities that include surveying all existing donor files, which will help determine:

• Quantity and type of materials to be scanned

• Records series and retention schedules

• Time, resource and storage requirements for digitization

• Policy and procedures for creating new records (including metadata standards)


• Enrollment in an MLIS program or recent graduate

• Excellent communication and organizational skills

• Experience working with sensitive/confidential material

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Database experience and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus

• Some experience with scanning and digitization methods is preferred but not required

How to apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their resume to devdigitize@amnh.org.

EEO Statement:

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.