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The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library, which houses 180,000 books, exhibition catalogs, special collections and serials, is concentrated in the areas of American art, portraiture, history, and biography; it contains supportive materials in European art. The AA/PG Library also contains artist vertical files, artists’ books, ephemeral materials, auction catalogs, scrapbooks, microforms, and electronic links to other information resources. It is part of a consortium of five art library branches of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

The library attempts to match projects with interns’ interests and abilities, and provides experience with the daily operations of a large art library serving the American Art and National Portrait Gallery staff, visiting scholars, interns, students, as well as members of the general public. NPG Library interns may work on current and ongoing projects that include (but are not limited to) special collections, gift and exchange, item level cataloging of periodicals, inventory of back issues, vertical files, and maintenance of the physical collection through space management and conservation procedures.

Interns should have good organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy. Interest in working in the field of librarianship is a plus, but those interested in getting hands-on experience in the fields of American art and history research may apply. Interns should have knowledge of library research methods and some familiarity with Microsoft applications. The internship is available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program for history, art history, or library science.

Internship Availability:
Two internship positions all terms: fall, winter/spring, and summer.


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