Audiovisual Intern at Smithsonian Institution

The Archives of American Art is seeking a graduate intern for 2013 to assist with a multi-year project funded by the Council of Library and Information Resources' Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program.

Applicants must be students or recent graduates of graduate-level archival programs who have an interest in audiovisual media, or students or recent graduates of specialized graduate programs in audiovisual archives and preservation with an interest in working in a traditional manuscript repository setting. The project collections all relate to late 20th century art forms and movements resulting in significant media documentation, so the internship will be of particular interest and value to students interested in contemporary art history.

The intern will gain experience working with mixed-media collections and assisting with the development of archival approaches for processing and describing archival manuscript collections that contain large amounts of audiovisual media. The internship is designed to provide hands-on experience with archival processing and handling of archival audiovisual media. Interns will be expected to process a project collection and to write a finding aid to the collection in EAD using Archivist's Toolkit. Interns may also be assigned additional collection management tasks related to film, video, and/or sound recordings in the project's collections. Interns will work under the supervision of the Audiovisual Archivist.

Intern will be expected to commit to a full-time schedule for ten weeks in the summer or fall of 2013, to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the intern and staff. Intern will receive a stipend of $4000.

Required Skills and Abilities:
- Coursework in archival descriptive practices and standards.
- Familiarity with obsolete audiovisual media formats.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:
- Experience with archival collections processing
- Experience using EAD and DACS
- Experience identifying and handling archival motion picture film, video, and sound recordings

To apply:

Send a letter of interest, a resume, and an academic or professional letter of reference to Megan McShea, Audiovisual Archivist, at mcsheam(at) by February 15, 2012. Applicants will be notified of the receipt of application materials, and a decision will be made by the end of March. Questions are welcome via e-mail to the same address. No phone calls, please.

For more information about the Archives of American Art and its collections, visit our website at A complete project description of the Hidden Collections grant project can be found at