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National Collections Program Internship

Description:

The National Collections Program (NCP) is dedicated to improving the overall stewardship and management of Smithsonian collections by providing central leadership, policy oversight, strategic planning, and support of Institution-wide collections initiatives.  The NCP serves as a principle advisor to Smithsonian senior management, collecting unit directors, and staff on matters relating to collections management policies, procedures, and standards.  Working with Smithsonian senior management, the NCP develops long-term strategies, priorities, policies, and plans that address Institution-wide collections needs.

Learning Objectives:

Interns will participate in collaborative discussions, meetings and projects for various collections initiatives including:

  • Creation of an NCP website – gathering content, working with the website developer, reviewing potential content and design with staff
  • Collections Professional Development
  • Collections Emergency Management
  • Pan-Institutional Project Planning
  • Collections Space Planning
  • Collections Space System implementation
  • Collections Space Sharing
  • Collections Management Policy and Procedures
  • Collections Planning
  • Collections Mass Digitization
  • Smithsonian Collections Management Policy revision
  • Collections Preservation Environment strategies
  • Site visits to various Smithsonian Collecting Units

The internship will be based out of the NCP office at Capital Gallery, 600 Maryland Avenue SW in Washington, DC.  We are a three person team that has independent and complementary responsibilities and areas of focus.  Our office hours are between 8:00am – 4:30pm with some flexibility. Both full-time and part-time internships will be considered.

Suggested skills/attributes:

  • Collections management education/training at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Experience in a museum, archive or library environment/community through internships, volunteerism, or employment
  • Website development preferred but not required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A passion for collections care and collaborative learning

Contact : Amelia Kile

Contact Phone: (202) 633-0054

Contact Email: kileaAM@si.edu

Term: Flexible, minimum 3 months

Deadline: January 8th, 2018

Apply Through: SOLAA