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Archive Internship (Spring 2020)

Founded in 1901, The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries is the third largest art research library in the United States. The Archives' mission is to collect artists' and architects' papers that complement and extend both the 400,000+ volumes of the Libraries' collection as well as the permanent collections of the museum's curatorial departments. 

Position Summary
It is our goal to create Library Practicum and Internship experiences that are tailored to meet the needs and the career goals of each individual student.

A few of the many valuable experiences we may offer a student with interest in Archives are:
• Survey, arrange, process, and provide preservation and intellectual access to large and small collections. Add accruals to existing collections; evaluate and reorganize existing collections to better facilitate access accordingly.
•Review and update existing finding aids and encode new finding aids in EAD.
•Assist in the establishment, organization, editing, and application of metadata for new and existing digital objects. Digitize collection items when appropriate and develop content for online exhibits, publications, and other uses as required.
•Assist patrons and researchers in navigating collections on-site and online; respond to email research inquiries.

  • Undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates (within one year of graduation)
  • Library and Information Science majors preferred, but open to Museum Studies, Architectural History or Architectural Preservation majors
  • Experience in archives, libraries, or museums is a plus
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills
A resume and cover letter are required for the application. Cover letter should address the following questions:
  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
  • What you will contribute to this internship?

Intern Information
Length of Program: One academic term (fall, winter/spring, or summer)
College Credit: Available
Compensation: Unpaid
Questions? Please call or email Nathaniel Parks at, 312.857.7676.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.