Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Federal Highway Administration Research Library/National Transportation Library internships

Multiple Positions -- Paid Summer Internship Opportunities -- Washington, D.C.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research Library and National Transportation Library (NTL), both located in the Washington, D.C. area, are seeking students pursuing MLS degrees (or equivalents) for paid, full-time internships for the period June 6 - August 12, 2011. These internships are being offered as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The internships include a $5,000 stipend, along with housing and travel (relocation) arrangements for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The deadline for submitting an application is January 11, 2011, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since selections may be made on an on-going basis. For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/education/Stipdg.htm. If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to DOTSTIPDG@twc.edu.

Note: When applying, please select your interest areas as the Federal Highway Administration (with specialty Research and Development) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (with no specialty). List FHWA Research Library and/or National Transportation Library in the space provided for specifying areas of interest that are not included.

The following are potential internship projects. Projects and responsibilities may be modified, combined, or shared, depending on the number of accepted applicants and the interest areas of the candidates. For more information about individual projects, please contact Deena Adelman at deena.adelman@dot.gov or 202-493-3058.

PROCESSING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS/RECORDS MANAGEMENT (Federal Highway Administration Research Library and National Transportation Library)

Arrange textual, cartographic, and/or photographic materials; create inventories and finding aids; apply subject headings; implement preservation measures; select materials for digitization.

Desired Qualifications:
Coursework towards a specialization in archives; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices, EAD, and DACS; knowledge of LCSH; strong writing, organizational, and analytical skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations and take on new tasks.

CATALOGING (Federal Highway Administration Research Library and National Transportation Library)
Create catalog records for a unique technical sub-collection; perform simple and complex copy cataloging; assist in the creation of original cataloging records; assign subject headings and call numbers; perform collection assessment and prioritization; participate in workflow assessment. NTL cataloging includes both traditional and digital repository cataloging systems.

Desired Qualifications:
Cataloging coursework and/or experience; familiarity and/or experience with AACR2, MARC; knowledge of LCSH; knowledge of LC Classification System; strong organizational and analytical skills. For NTL only: knowledge of and/or familiarity with non-MARC metadata (e.g., Dublin Core).

DIGITAL SOCIAL MEDIA/REFERENCE (National Transportation Library)

Assist in furthering Flickr and YouTube efforts to promote the library; select, develop or implement products or services to support the needs of the reference staff.

Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity and/or experience with social computing, social networks, photography or videography; experience or coursework in reference; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.

For more information about the libraries, please see the following web sites:

Federal Highway Administration Research Library: http://www.tfhrc.gov/library/index.htm

National Transportation Library: http://ntl.bts.gov/