• Summer 2020, Archives Internship, Library (Job ID: 2019-2241)

    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/7/2020 12:16 PM)
    Academic Credit/External Sponsorship
  • Overview

    Thinking about a career in public policy? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings - one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!


    Interns spend approximately 10 weeks working alongside leading experts in government and academia from all over the world.  The mission of the Internship Program is to provide students with a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to their field of study or career interest. Students engage in career exploration and development as well as learn new skills. 


    Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.


    This academic focused internship, beginning in June 2020, is an opportunity for graduate students, or undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, in social sciences with an interest in pursuing a career in archives or records management to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The intern will work with the Brookings Archivist to perform basic preservation activities relating to the paper collection, and to assist with planning for preservation of born-digital documents.The internship is offered on the basis of academic credit and/or external financial support.


    Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 10 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. 


    To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here.



    Learning Objectives


    The intern will become familiar with the basic principles of maintaining a public policy research archives.  The intern will assist the Brookings Archivist with accession, cataloging, reference services, and outreach.  Specific projects will include updating a finding aid to the collection, rehousing material for preservation, working with OCLC ContentDM content management system, and exploring options for the preservation of born digital documents.





    Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in a relevant field. Interest in American history or public policy research, attention to detail, basic computer skills, ability to follow oral and written directions, good concentration and follow-through. Ability to lift 30 pounds, and ability to tolerate dust.  


    Additional Information:

    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

    To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt.

    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals. Please address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.


    Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.

    Applications for this position will be accepted until February 28, 2020. Applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline date will not be considered. Your application is considered complete when you receive an email confirming that your application was successfully submitted.

    As you are applying, please be sure to click here to learn more about the Brookings Internship Program, deadlines, and directions on how to successfully submit your internship application(s).

    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.




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