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Summer 2017 Internships

Internships at Smith

Smith's Special Collections is hiring summer student workers. Please check in with JobX beginning April 1 to see updated job listings.


Other Internships -- Require Praxis funding


The Center for Jewish History, in New York City, is looking for a summer intern in the metadata department. CJH is a special collections research library with 30,000 linear feet of archival collections, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings and textiles. The intern will learn practical aspects of special collections cataloging and metadata management, and attend meetings and workshops throughout the building. It will be a particularly interesting summer in the department, as they prepare for migrating their digital collections to a new assets management system.

Please contact:

Jaime Taylor, (Smith class of 2006)
Systems Librarian
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-294-8301 x1044




The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
is an active Historic Site in Hadley, Massachusetts which tells the story of a New England family and their household over two centuries.

POSITION: MUSEUM ASSISTANT (two positions available)

DATES: May 1 through Labor Day (Sept 4) and Sept 4 through October 20

HOURS: 30 hours per week, May through September 4; 20 hours per week 1 4:30 pm, September through October 20; Saturday through Wednesday

DESCRIPTION: The Museum Assistant's primary responsibility will be to give daily tours of the museum and to maintain museum interiors. He/she will also assist the director with programming special events which include a folk traditions series, colonial teas, special tours, community events, and a fall series.  In addition to tours, tasks will include media, clerical, curatorial, archival assistance and caring for the historic gardens and grounds.

REQUIREMENTS: Excellent verbal and writing skills
Interest in museums and history
Driver's license, and preferably a car

SKILLS: Strong presentation skills, historical knowledge, computer experience including web and  database maintenance, MS Word, MS Publisher, Lotus Approach; Good typing skills

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience or interest in small history museums
Ability to work independently and as a team
Highly motivated and self directed
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work well with the public of all ages

SPECIAL INTERESTS: Historic interpretation and preservation, educational tour and exhibit development, American, family and women's history, processing,writing and journalism, historic gardens.

TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to

Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director
Porter Phelps Huntington Foundation, Inc.
130 River Drive
Hadley, MA  01035

and include an afternoon/evening telephone number. Email: susan.lisk@gmail.com

Providence House, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1979 that helps transform the lives of homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women and their children- one family at a time. With an annual budget of approximately $4.9 million, our services and programs provide shelter and support through our network of transitional residences, individual apartments and permanent supportive housing located in Brooklyn, Queens and New Rochelle, New York. Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and return to incarceration by assisting our residents to obtain education and training, learn job skills, gain employment, and, ultimately, find a permanent home for their families. We serve over 500 women and children every year.
Providence House is seeking an archivist intern to work in conjunction with the development department to establish and manage an archive of organizational materials spanning almost 40 years. The archive will contain correspondence, documents, reports, audio and video recordings, photographs, and other media. The archivist intern will help organize, select, catalogue, and process materials in a physical archive and corresponding digital database. Furthermore, the intern will also assist with fundraising and communications activities by writing and developing content based on archival material for direct mail, newsletters, social media, and a blog. The intern may also utilize archival and/or nonarchival materials to plan and/or prepare a display. The internship will provide a motivated candidate with valuable experience in archiving, as well as exposure to fundraising and other aspects of non-profit operations. This is a 15-25 hour work week internship for 12 weeks.

  • Helping identify and assess the archival value of materials
  • Processing of the archival materials, including physical arrangement (sorting, boxing, labeling)
  • Inventorying and describing of materials
  • Creating database records
  • Creating archiving guides and other aids to navigating the archive
  • Drafting of a records retention policy and schedule for the historic records of the archive
  • Assist with mailings, quarterly newsletter, acknowledgement letters, social media, blog and other special projects as needed, email newsletters and other appeals.


  • Current undergraduate student who has completed of at least the introductory courses in archives principles and practices is preferred.
  • Good computer, communication, and organization skills.
  • Passion for our mission and work.
  • Ability to be proactive and demonstrate initiative; high comfort working independently and as part of a team.

15-25 hours per week. Schedule is flexible. Must be able to travel by public transportation to our residences.

This opportunity is non-paid. We are able to support you getting school credit.

Please send a cover letter and your resume to Ishmam Rahman at rahmani@providencehouse.org.