SUMMER 2012: Reference Internship at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Title:  Reference Services Intern

  • Description:

The Reference Services Intern will assist the Reference Archivist with research questions, scheduling reference appointments, providing instruction to researchers, and maintaining the reading room.  As an integral part of the Reading Room, the Intern’s duties will include assisting patrons, retrieving and refiling boxes, interpreting catalog records and finding aids, creating inventories,  and providing instruction on how to properly handle archival material.   The intern will have a unique opportunity to work with a number of diverse researchers.

  • Who Should Apply:

Graduate students in archives, museum, library, history, and anthropology programs.  Recent graduates [six months or less] from these programs will also be considered.  A  cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is generally expected of graduate student interns.  Students interested in Native American archives are encouraged to apply.

  • Stipend Provided:  Yes
  • Dates:  June-August 2012 [Flexible]
  • Location:  National Anthropological Archives, Museum Support Center (MSC), 4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD. .  The MSC is a 15 minute walk from the Suitland Station on the Green Line or accessible via free shuttle from the National Mall.
  • How to apply:  Interested students should send a resume, availability, and cover letter to Rose L. Chou at by March 18, 2012.  Please include relevant research interests and/or class projects in your cover letter.
  • About the National Anthropological Archives:  The National Anthropological Archives collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world’s cultures and the history of anthropology.  Its collections represent the four fields of anthropology ? ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology ? and include manuscripts, field notes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars.