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Preservation Services: Mold remediation and re-binding
Location: Smithsonian Libraries Book Conservation Lab, Landover, MD
This project would be ideal for a graduate student in the field of book or paper conservation with a particular interest in caring for collections in need, or that may be threatened, throughout the world.
In 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the US Virgin Islands (USVI), causing flooding in the USVI Legislative Archive in St. John, among damage in other locations. Eighteen volumes of the proceedings of the USVI Legislator, the Journals, were badly damaged by water immersion and subsequent mold growth. The Journals are hand-written records dating from 1909-1954. The Smithsonian Libraries has been entrusted to repair these materials.
Additional Program information:
This paid internship program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (depending on project) from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or those who have graduated in the past six months.
* Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
* Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all college/universities attended
* Academic Essay: Two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian Libraries
* Two professional or academic recommendations (e.g., professors, past employers, supervisors), submitted electronically through SOLAA
All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system: https://solaa.si.edu . Applicants should be sure to choose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit, “Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Internship Program” as the program, and then select the conservation project listed.
* At least a 3.0 GPA in the major (as verified by the submission of academic transcripts)
* Demonstrated interest in the research, museological, and conservation activities of the Smithsonian Institution and work of Smithsonian Libraries
* Demonstrated knowledge or coursework related to Smithsonian areas of interest; solid writing, analytical, and computer skills are mandatory.
* Suitable Smithsonian Libraries’ projects for members of applicant pool.
Interns receive $550 per week (graduate students) as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for eight weeks. Interns are not eligible for Smithsonian or Federal transportation benefits.
Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in mid-February. Internships will be performed for eight full weeks during the summer. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.
Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:
Erin Clements Rushing (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)