Internships are an integral element of the Archives Concentration. Students will complete two internships (paid or supported by Praxis) that enable each student to acquire practical, first-hand knowledge of the professional work of archivists, curators, and archival researchers. Concentrators are eligible to receive a second summer of Praxis funding through Smith's Praxis Plus program. For more information, see link.
To count toward the concentration, an internship will
- Consist of at least 100 hours of work (or 220 hours if receiving Praxis funding)
- In at least one internship, students will gain skills in processing collections, writing finding aids or subject guides, or making exhibits or creating social media with archival materials
- Be supervised by a professional at least once a week
- Be approved by the concentration adviser
From a wide array of local, regional, national and international internships identified by the Concentration, students have responsibility for researching and securing appropriate internships.
Some other experiences such as working for faculty members in archival projects through CFCD grants or Quigley fellowships may also qualify as one of the two "practical experiences."
If you already completed one or more practical experiences (internships, paid or volunteer work) before entering the Archives Concentration program, you are still eligible to receive credit for these experiences.
You will need to document your experience as follows:
- Complete the Practical Experience Approval Form (PDF) with your concentration adviser
- Submit Superviser Evaluation (PDF)
- Write a reflection paper (about two pages) that addresses the following questions:
- What were your main duties and accomplishments during your internship, volunteer or work experience?
- What aspects of your experience were most valuable?
- What insights did you gain about yourself and your preferred working style?
- What did the experience help you to think about your future career goals?
Examples of On-campus and local opportunities
- Paid internships at Smith repositories (SSC, SCA, MRBR), several each year, including CDO, SWG (SSC), Fraenkel (SSC). Most are term, some summer.
- Internship Program at the Smithsonian Institution
- Volunteer work in a regional historical society—Historic Northampton, Forbes Library's local history collection, the Coolidge Library, Old Deerfield.
- Volunteer work gathering and processing the archives of a Smith student club, organization, publication, for donation to the campus archives.
- Quigley research assistantships in SWG that involve archival research
- STRIDE work on the Smithipedia
Praxis opportunities throughout the U.S.
- Hormel Collection on gay and lesbian history (San Francisco Public Library)
- Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn
- Swarthmore Peace Collection
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York)
- Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston
- American Antiquarian Society, Worcester
- Rockefeller Archives Center, Sleepy Hollow New York
- Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa
- Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies, NYC
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)
- Newberry Library, Chicago
- Huntington Library, California
- National Library of Medicine's History Division, Bethesda Maryland
- The Chemical Heritage Foundation Archives in Philadelphia
- Jewish Women's History archives
- Women and Social Movements Archives
- George Mason University's Center for History and New Media
- NGOs based in Geneva
- Sexuality archives located in Amsterdam
- Women's Library of the London Metropolitan University
- Mass Observation Archives at the University of Sussex
- International Information Centre, Amesterdam
- Archives for the Women's Movement, Amsterdam
Editing projects underway in archival collections
- Margaret Sanger Papers Project (NYU)
- Emma Goldman Papers (Berkeley)
- Eleanor Roosevelt Papers (GW)
- Stanton-Anthony Papers (Rutgers)