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Summer 2016 Internships

Internships at Smith


SWG Interns work with archivists and learn the multiple facets of archival work in Smith’s internationally recognized repository of women’s history sources. The intern will learn how manuscript collections are acquired and prepared for research and the basics of organizing, describing, and preserving collections. A SWG Internship counts as one of the required practical experiences for fulfilling the Archives Concentration.

The internship will focus on helping prepare recent SSC acquisitions of special interest to SWG for future use in classes.

The internship is 21 to 35 hours per week for up to 13 weeks.

Deadline: March 23, 2016


Applicants must be SWG major or minor with an interest and aptitude for work in an archives or manuscripts collection, or related career in women’s studies scholarship or public history organizations. Good research skills and attention to detail. It is not necessary for applicants to be eligible for work-study.

***Applicants for the summer internship must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, still enrolled in Smith College in September 2016. ****

To apply: Send a resume and a cover letter to Maida Goodwin at mgoodwin@email.smith.edu



Hidden Lives: Summer Pre-College program

in women's history


The program is looking for two teaching assistants over the summer, July 5-23. See JobX to apply or contact Kelly Anderson, kpanders@smith.edu, for more details

Special Collections Interns (2 Positions)

Special Collections is looking for two Archival Description Assistants. These individuals will collaborate with the Metadata and Technical Services Archivist (and one another) to standardize and create description for archival collections and digital assets for the Sophia Smith Collection, College Archives, and Mortimer Rare Book Room. The description created by the Archival Description Assistants will help facilitate and extend access to collections and digital materials by a broader public. This position provides a unique opportunity for a Smith student to explore their interest in the field of archival access and discoverability, with a special emphasis on access in a digital environment, and thinking about description within the context of representation and the construction of meaning.

Applicants should possess strong writing and oral communication skills and be highly organized and detail-oriented. Familiarity with Excel and Google Drive applications, like Google Docs and Sheets, is required. Knowledge with metadata standards and best practice is not required, as training will be provided. However, strong interest in learning about metadata and digital tools is a plus. If interested, please contact Jasmine Jones at jjones@smith.edu, x2986, and/or apply through JobX.


Other Internships -- Require Praxis funding


Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation

Consultant Associate Internship

Referred by Smith Alumna Bonita Lloyd Nettles '75, co-founder of Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corp.

This is an exciting opportunity to apply and sharpen your skills in a variety of areas, to enhance your resume and to provide a much needed community service on behalf of Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, an award winning organization that serves as an economic engine to stimulate and improve the business environment and neighborhood in Harlem.

Harlem's Storybook Collective is an oral history project in collaboration with the New York Public Library that records and preserves the personal histories of Harlem's residents.  Harlem's young people are trained to conduct interviews with local businesses for themselves and for the young people around the world. The unique feature of the groundbreaking Harlem Storybook Collective is that it is a focused oral history project that brings together the neighborhood's young people and the business community for a mutually beneficial exchange of wisdom, knowledge, experience and ideas.

Our goal during the summer is to work with the young people who live, attend school or have an interest in Harlem. They will interview and facilitate local entrepreneurs to share their personal story as well as the story of their business success.  By telling her/his story and "downloading" his/her knowledge, wisdom and experiences, a business owner serves as a mentor in the moment. However, this mentorship relationship lasts a lifetime as the business owner's story is made available online.  This will be an invaluable learning experience for our young people and will transform their lives over time in a most profound way.  In addition to the business skills they learn, they will enhance their personal development skills such as teamwork, leadership and negotiating skills.

TO APPLY: E-mail resume and cover letter to Bonita Lloyd Nettles at harlemedc@gmail.com


Archives Intern, Guttmacher Institute summer 2016

Praxis-funded, minimum of 220 hours


This is an exciting opportunity to help to preserve the work of a premiere organization working to advance women’s sexual and reproductive health worldwide through research, policy analysis, and public education. For more information about the Guttmacher Institute, see: http://www.guttmacher.org/

The intern will work with the director and staff of the Guttmacher Institute in its Headquarters in New York City to assess and prepare the organization’s records for transfer to the Sophia Smith Collection.

The Sophia Smith Collection will provide the intern with:

  • Basic instruction in records management

  • Criteria for identifying records of historical value

  • Historical background on the Guttmacher Institute

  • Ongoing supervision and consultation via phone and email through the course of the internship.

The duties and responsibilities of the intern will be to:

  • inventory and survey non-current records to identify those of historical value

  • work with staff to identify materials ready for transfer to the archives and/or create a schedule for transfer

  • organize, label, and pack records, and create box lists

  • arrange for transfer of records to the Sophia Smith Collection.

  • Other, depending on needs

Contact Maida Goodwin mgoodwin@smith.edu for more information


Announcement for Internships at the Wide Awake Garage

 Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He is known for his innovative structures as well as his traditional work. Smith College plans to acquire Kelm’s archive, and interns are helping create an inventory. Internship opportunities are open to finish cataloging/documenting 110 publishing projects of the production archive of the Wide Awake Garage (Kelm’s studio). The studio is located at One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027.

Number of Openings: Three undergraduate or graduate students

Period of Internship: summer 2016, fall 2016, Jterm 2017, spring 2017

Housing and Transportation: Interns must provide own housing and travel

Pay scale: Unpaid internship

Details on Praxis funding: https://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/praxis.php

Details on Rosenthal funding: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/grants.html

Work Hours Studio hours are 10AM-5PM, Monday through Friday. Interns may design their own schedule (days/hours) within open studio time.

Statement of Intern Responsibilities

Daniel E. Kelm writes:

“The focus of your internship will be working with the archive materials. In the beginning you can expect to work closely with me in order to discern how to sort the large amount of material associated with each project. You will compile information in electronic form using a model based on existing archives at Smith. We will be involved in an ongoing conversation concerning the nature of the work. You will gain an understanding of the process of creating art (specifically book arts), and will apply this understanding to the production of a concise presentation to represent these older projects in a way that allows bibliographers and working book artists to understand my creative process.”

Link to a selection of work by Kelm: http://www.danielkelm.com/core/wideawake/3/1#/galleries/2


Cover letter and a one-page resume to daniel.kelm@mac.com for immediate consideration. Upon internship offer, an official offer letter and Supervisor Confirmation Form will be completed by the studio. (We’ve done this before, and know the drill!) Please write “Internship Position” in the subject line of the e-mail. (Documents in .PDF file format appreciated!)



Located in Hadley, Ma, 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 5) and Sept 5 through October 20

Click here for more info


Libraries Without Borders Summer 2016 Ideas Box Program Officer

About Libraries Without Borders

Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is an international non-government organization whose mission is to expand access to information for vulnerable communities. By creating and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing, and designing library networks, Libraries Without Borders actively promotes access to knowledge in more than 20 countries.

Growing from our work in Haiti before and after the earthquake in 2010, LWB has worked in developing countries and refugee camps to improve the efficacy of book donations, to build stronger collaborations between different actors in the international development and humanitarian sectors, to advocate for public policies that expand access to reliable information, and to innovate new tools and programs that support the creation of context-customized and sustainable public spaces.

Our work in France and the United States focuses on supporting immigrant and low-income individuals and communities with access to reliable information and high-quality informal education opportunities.

The Internship Position - Details and Requirements

LWB is hiring 4 program officers to support our projects in Detroit or Oakland during the summer of 2016. The program officers will work directly with Executive Director of LWB US on program design, management, implementation, and evaluation & monitoring.

LWB is looking for program officers that are available to work 40 hours / week for a minimum of 8 weeks, to start in June or July of 2016. Top candidates will have an expressed interest in pursuing a career in human rights, education, and/or non-profit administration. The application deadline for this summer position is March 31, 2016.

Acknowledging that this position is unpaid, our team is committed to dedicating time and resources to support your professional development, particularly towards pursuing a career in the non-profit and education sectors. Last summer’s program officers had their work featured on the Wall Street Journal and NY1 television.

The Application Process

If you are interested in working with LWB as an Ideas Box summer 2016 project officer, please write a letter that answers the following questions.

Please submit your application letter to Allister Chang (achang@librarieswithoutborders.org).

Why is this summer opportunity of interest to you?

What experiences and skills do you have that you feel make you a strong candidate for this position?  Please be specific.

You will need to be responsive to e-mails and to take pro-active initiative to fulfill daily tasks. How have you shown that you are reliable and pro-active in school or in a previous job?

Have you had any experiences studying or working in education? Have you had any experiences studying or working in evaluation and monitoring?