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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
in the National Anthropological Archives


The National Anthropological Archives offers paid and unpaid internships for graduate and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in archives or anthropology. Intern projects are carried out under the direct supervision of a professional anthropologist, archivist or imaging specialist. Intern projects vary depending on the background and experience of the student. The following internships are available:

1. Digital Imaging
This internship provides hands-on experience in the technical aspects of digital image creation through rapid camera capture techniques while learning about imaging standards, image data and its preservation and storage, technical and embedded metadata, digital asset management, and project management. Specific tasks include digital camera capture; embedding metadata; creating PDFs and derivative files and preparing images for ingest into the SI Digital Asset Management System, while maintaining records of imaging projects in the archives' databases. The imaging intern will assist on the current Save America’s Treasures grant that make endangered language manuscript material digitally accessible through the Smithsonian’s Collections Cross Search and the world wide web. For additional information, please contact Stephanie Christensen at

2. Manuscript Collections
This internship provides hands-on experience processing manuscript collections. The intern will help preserve, arrange, and describe collections; update existing finding aids; and assist in accessioning new collections.  The internship will be tailored according to the background and experience of the intern as well as to the length of the internship. Preference is given to applicants with an archives background, strong organizational skills, neat penmanship, and attention to detail. The intern must also be able to lift 30 pounds, and be proficient in MS Word and Excel. This is an unpaid internship. Please send a resume and a letter of interest to Lorain Wang at

3. Photograph collections
For graduate students in archives programs who are interested in learning about the archival care and management of photograph archives. This internship provides hands-on experience processing archival collections of photographs. It includes carrying out research on collection content and context, arranging and describing collection materials, and implementing preservation strategies. The intern may also assist in a variety of collection management projects. The intern will become familiar with photographic types and processes, archival arrangement, description, and preservation of photograph collections, and issues in collection management. The intern will gain insight into the application of archival principles and practices as they pertain to photograph collections. This is an unpaid internship. Please send a resume, letter of interest, and short writing sample to Gina Rappaport at

Reference services interns assist the reference archivist with research questions, scheduling reference appointments and maintaining the reading room and collection material. This high visibility position requires an attention to detail, professionalism and a willingness to learn new tasks. Minimum of 4 hours a week. Regular and scheduled shifts are preferred. The available hours are Tuesday to Friday 9AM to 4:30PM. This is an unpaid internship but course credit may be available. Please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Rose Love Chou at

Volunteer Opportunities
For available volunteer opportunities, please send an e-mail to

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