Summer Digitization Internship – Jerome Robbins Dance Division

jerome RobbinsDance Division Prints and Designs Internship – Summer 2013

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is seeking an intern interested in gaining professional experience with a large digitization and metadata project. The successful candidate will participate in a project to digitize approximately 1,500 dance prints and 200 original designs spanning the 17th to 19th Centuries. The images will be published in the NYPL Digital Gallery.

This project will be the test case for automatic metadata ingest from the NYPL catalog into our custom Metadata Management System (MMS). The prints and designs will be digitized offsite at the Digital Imaging Unit of the New York Public Library. The intern will be supervised by the Assistant Curator of the Dance Division.


120 hours over 12 weeks
Schedule: 10 hours per week (All interns must commit to schedule at least four hours on one day; otherwise hours are flexible).
Working hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm.

This is an unpaid internship that may be used for credit toward a Master’s Degree program. Internships need not be taken for credit.

Selected applicants will be contacted after April 1 to schedule an interview.


Under the supervision of the Assistant Curator of the Dance Division, the intern will;

  • Be trained by a metadata specialist to use the MMS in order to Reconcile metadata between the Library catalog, the MMS, and the analog materials.
  • Research insurance values for individual prints and designs using art history and art auction databases.
  • Assist with registration shipping paperwork.
  • Carefully handle prints and artworks from the 17th through 19th centuries.
  • Assist with pulling and shelving materials.
  • Write project blog posts.
  • Gain practical experience with a custom content management system, metadata, copyright, and project management.
  • Attend departmental meetings to participate in project discussions and programmed events.
  • The intern may interact with researchers at the Special Collections desk.
  • Help develop a small reading room exhibit.
  • Learn the digitization process at NYPL by shadowing a staff member at the Digital Imaging Unit.

Key Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail


Current enrollment in a Masters of Library Science or Museum Studies program.  This is a very detail oriented project, and the ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational skills and capability for handling extremely delicate materials.  Experience or interest in dance history, art history, museum studies, museum registration, or metadata preferred.

Work Environment:

This position is located in a research library.


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