Digitization Internship at American Museum of Natural History, Spring 2014

amnh3The American Museum of Natural History Research Library is currently looking for interns to assist with comprehensive digitization of our photographic archives. Our image collections contain over one million items from the past two centuries which, once digitized, will be featured in an exhaustive digital catalog.

This internship will provide MLS students with a unique opportunity to digitize photographic archival collections of varied size and medium. Interns will learn how to handle archival photographic material, create accurate scans, and prepare scans for permanent storage and delivery.


  • Scanning film negatives, transparencies, and photographic prints in adherence with institutional and archival standards.
  • Processing scanned images using Photoshop.
  • Creating archival masters as well as derivatives for storage and delivery.
  • Embedding select metadata.
  • QA of scans.


  • All candidates must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a master’s program in Library Science.
  • Candidates must have experience with Mac/Apple computers, scanners and scanning software, as well as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and/or Bridge.
  • Experience working in libraries and archives.
  • Interest in hands-on digitization experience.
  • Familiarity with archival and digitization standards.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Experience with digital retouching a plus.

Additional Details:

This opportunity is unpaid but can be used for internship course credit. The expected schedule is 6-8 hours per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Applicants should commit to at least one full semester.

If interested, please send a resume and brief cover letter to arybakov@amnh.org with your name and DIGITIZATION INTERNSHIP APPLICATION in the subject line.


Anna Rybakov, Digital Lab Manager

Research Library, Special Collections

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West and 79th Street

New York, NY 10024