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Current Internships

These are some of the most interesting and promising internships known to us this spring. We know a lot about them and can recommend them as being particularly appropriate for Book Studies concentrators. There are other book-related summer interships in the database of the Lazarus Center for Career Development, so if you can't find anything below, visit the Lazarus Center's website. In the meantime, if you have any questions contact Martin Antonetti.


Historic Deerfield Library

The focus of this internship is transcribing hand-written journals kept by Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, between 1820 and 1840. Hoyt was an avid reader and keen observer of the times. His detailed journals provide an unprecedented account of local, regional, and national events from the perspective of a highly literate and intellectually curious antiquarian and historian in rural Massachusetts.

Suitable candidates should have a knowledge of the proper handling of manuscript materials, and the ability to read 19th -century script. The intern will work under the supervision of the museum's librarian and associate librarian.

Historic Deerfield is a museum of New England history and culture located in a beautiful 350-year-old village just 15 minutes north of Northampton. The museum's library collects primary and secondary sources on material culture, decorative arts, and the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

For further information contact David Bosse, the Librarian of the Historic Deerfield Library, at dbosse@historic-deerfield.org.


Pine Needles Foundation

The Pine Needles Foundation of New York is offering opportunities for exceptional summer internships at two scholarly websites. In both cases interns will be provided ample training to carry out the tasks asked of them. By the end of the internship participants will have gained important professional experience—and will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their work has made a contribution to the world of bibliography.

1] The Manuscript Cookbook Survey website

The principal mission of this project is to compile a database of pre-1865 English-language cookbooks in the collections of U.S. libraries, museums, historical societies, and historic sites. In addition to the database, which is the most “library-like” component of this project, the site also includes a scholarly blog on diverse topics of culinary history, historical recipes adapted for the modern kitchen, general essays on manuscript cookbooks, and a glossary of historical culinary terms.

Interns’ primary responsibility will be to gather information on individual manuscript cookbooks, which will facilitate us in writing accurate, detailed, engaging summaries of the cookbooks for the database. This information will include: indications of authorship and date and place of composition; the number of authors (assessed via handwriting); the approximate number of written pages; the balance of culinary versus household or medical recipes; any predominant types of culinary recipes (meats, pies, sweets, etc.); any recipes attributed to specific individuals, particularly known persons; any recipes whose titles connect them to specific places or events; any non-recipe material that is of culinary interest, such as menus or farm records; any advice or observations that appear to be grounded in the author’s personal experience and expressed in her own words. Steve Schmidt, co-creator of the website and its principal researcher and writer, will be available via email to answer questions, discuss problems, and examine photos of manuscript material.

Interns who are able to travel have an opportunity to do onsite research (in New York, Virginia, Cornell, or elsewhere, as convenient) on significant collections that are too briefly described in the institution’s catalog records to allow us to draft summaries. Individual items in these collections are often buried in family papers and may require considerable sleuthing. Interns who are not able to travel will gather information online, working with institution catalog records that are reasonably complete and supplementing the catalog material, when necessary, with research in other online sources. Non-traveling interns can also help us to discover additional manuscript cookbooks by searching online catalogs and by querying historical societies and sites whose materials are not available online.

Training sessions at the New York Academy of Medicine library or the New York Historical Society library will prepare interns for these tasks. Since a few manuscript cookbooks may have been written before 1650, an interest in paleography is useful.

Also, we are starting to gather materials for a searchable “image database” to the website. We want to add images of kitchen utensils starting with the holdings of Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian Institution, Johnson and Wales University, and the New York Historical Society. Interns interested in material culture could start the process of gathering this informationby looking at photographs of the institution’s images and start compiling a museum type database.

2] The Comedias Sueltas website

The aim of this website is to survey collections ofcomedias sueltasheld in US academic and research libraries. [Comedias sueltasare Spanish Golden Age plays printed mostly in the 18th century and are a wonderful source for studying the history of printing and typography in Spain. Smith owns some 900 of them and you can see them in our Mortimer Rare Book Room.] The current version of the website is not quite ready for public viewing, but will be well before summer. Knowledge of Spanish language is indispensable; familiarity with Spanish Golden Age literature is desirable.

The intern(s) would work on many aspects of building the vast database (eventually to grow to 25,000+/- items) that will be the heart of this website.

Much of the work this summer would be at the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, checking items against the records, proofreading items, linking scanned images with records, etc.

Part of the website that is in the planning stages, but will be in preliminary phase by this summer, is an “image database” of typographic devices. This would mean selecting and sorting a large number of decorative metal type (as well as some woodblock type) and devising a cataloging system for them, maybe copying a system that already exists, maybe designing a new one. This may appeal to student(s) with an art history interest coupled with printing history interests.

[Submitted by Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, February 2016]


University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

The Internship Program at Penn Press is meant for undergraduate students and others seeking to explore the field of academic publishing. Running for ten weeks our summer program encompasses the entire publishing process, from manuscript proposal to bound book.

The internship is structured but not inflexible, and all Press departments are represented in the program: Acquisitions, Editing & Production (which includes design), Marketing, and Business & Administration. Each intern will be assigned to one or two departments depending on availability and the intern's preference. Interns assigned to one Press department will spend the entire length of the program in that department, while those assigned to two will spend five weeks in each.

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Library of Congress:

Junior Fellow Summer Intern

The general focus of the Junior Fellows Program is on increasing access to the collections and promoting an awareness of the Library's copyright, legal and special collections and digital initiatives. Interns help the Library expose unprocessed collections, participate in digital projects, provide additional services to Congress and the public, and make our collections more immediately accessible to scholars. Interns work under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as a Junior Fellow. In this link scroll down to the Rare Books and Special Collections listing: that's where the BKX concentration has the best contacts for you.


Booklyn, New York

Booklyn's mission is to promote artist books as an art form and an educational resource, to provide the general public and academic institutions with services and programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing and publishing artist books.

Interns at Booklyn are involved with all aspects of the administration of an artist-run non-profit art organization. Specific activities, supervised by Booklyn staff, fall into the following categories:

Cataloging, Shipping, Curatorial Practice, Education, Development, Art Publication Production, & Arts Administration

Booklyn encourages interns to take on projects that align with their interests. All internships are currently unpaid. However, interns may use Booklyn's studio equipment and space for personal projects. For more information, contact Maya Taylor at maya@booklyn.org. Intern applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Booklyn is, of course, based in Brooklyn.


Siglio Press, Los Angeles

Siglio is an independent press in Los Angeles dedicated to publishing uncommon books that live at the intersection of art and literature. Siglio books defy categorization and ignite conversation: they are cross-disciplinary, hybrid works that subvert paradigms, reveal unexpected connections, rethink narrative forms, and thoroughly engage a reader’s imagination and intellect. We believe that challenging work can be immensely appealing: our books are beautiful, affordable, and as much a pleasure to touch and hold as they are to read.

Depending on the timing and duration of the internship, students will have the opportunity to be intimately involved with or closely observe almost all aspects of independent publishing: editorial, production, marketing, distribution/sales. There is no photocopy machine, so be assured you will not be spending you day in front of it, nor will you be answering phones. In short, the intern will be directly assisting the publisher in virtually every endeavor. Additionally, a long-term project for each intern will be fashioned according to both the intern’s interests and the needs of the press. It is an excellent opportunity to see a small, publishing house in action, gain first-hand experience, as well as hone various skills that will be useful in a variety fields.

Tasks may include:
reading submissions, editorial research, copy-editing, proofing
production tasks such as cataloguing and material organization
gathering and managing information for a variety of databases
assisting with marketing strategies, mailings, and materials
researching, coordinating information, and conducting some maintenance for the website and other internet/social media presences (plus, any necessary, mundane activities including various errands).

Keen interest in literature and visual arts; knowledge of 20th century avant-garde literary and arts movements helpful but not necessary
Ability to focus, pay attention to detail, and willingness to revise
Ability to learn and adapt quickly; flexibility; curiosity
Highest command of English, including grammar and spelling
Familiarity and high level of comfort with Macintosh computers
Must have completed at least two years of college.

Please see Siglio's website and then Martin Antonetti (x2907) for further details about this remarkable opportunity.


Granary Books, New York

Granary Books is a publisher of artists' books (in the broadest sense of the term) and a dealer in literary and art archives and libraries, specializing in materials from the 1960s to the present. We have had superb interns from Smith and its sister schools regularly for the past 15 years. The interns at Granary work on a range of projects including research, cataloging, organizing and website updates.

Those who get the most out of their experience at Granary are self-motivated, detail-oriented, hands-on and enthusiastic about the experimental strains of recent poetry and art. The work environment is very casual; Granary is based in a live/work loft in the SoHo section of lower Manhattan. You can learn more about Granary Books and view some of our recent publishing and archive projects by clicking here.