Urgent Museum Notice

Internship: Library and Research Center

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Internship Opportunity for Summer 2021

Internship Overview

The Library and Research Center Intern will work with the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center (LRC) staff to provide access to the LRC’s collections and resources. The LRC Intern will be expected to assist with the LRC’s archival projects, develop a variety of online content, and perform basic reference and circulation tasks, along with other duties dependent on availability and applicant skill level.


480 hours total. 24–40 hours per week; includes onsite and remote work.

Responsibilities (dependent on project availability)

  • Assist with archival processing tasks, including creating box labels, maintaining inventory, reorganizing folders, and basic preservation tasks  
  • Create or revise finding tools for archival collections  
  • Assist with digital asset management, scanning and cataloging digitized collections 
  • Write blog posts and social media content to highlight recent acquisitions 
  • Assist with the creation of research materials pertaining to artists and themes highlighted by the museum 
  • Assist with reference desk services by engaging visitors and answering questions in person, by email, and over the phone 
  • Circulate requested library materials to museum staff 
  • Shelve materials and maintain order in library stacks 
  • Process books (barcode, label, and add/edit catalog item records) 
  • File and organize artist file material, and create new artist files as directed 
  • Copy catalog books and/or metadata creation 

Preferred Skills & Competencies

  • Comfortable interacting with library patrons in person, online, and over the phone 
  • Strong customer service skills with a professional, friendly, and positive demeanor 
  • Interest and experience in library or archives work, background in art history is helpful 
  • Experience with databases and/or library software platforms is helpful 
  • Very strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Excellent computer skills and comfort in learning new computer programs and databases 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

Important Information

Application Procedures

Read this section carefully. Applications must follow these procedures to be considered.

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