The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks an intern to help digitally preserve and increase online access to Museum and Library collections through scanning and photography. Working closely with the Imaging Services Technician & Staff Photographer, as well as other members of the Museum and Library collection teams, the intern will capture images, attach metadata, research, and help make materials more accessible through MCHC’s Digital Collections portal. The intern will gain hands-on experience in digitization, a practical understanding of metadata standards and best practices in digital collections, along with experience using the digital asset management system (DAMS) ResourceSpace. The format of this internship is primarily in-person, with some flexibility for remote work on metadata-related tasks.
- Create new digital files via scanning and photography;
- Record basic metadata for new digitization that conforms to existing standards and schemas;
- Parse out existing metadata according to organizational standards;
- Consult internal and external resources to generate metadata for newly digitized items;
- Utilize controlled vocabularies to add access points to records; and
- Utilize MCHC’s guidelines for inclusive and conscientious description to create records that are respectful, clear, and that minimize harm to individuals and communities.
- Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student with interest or experience in photography, curatorial studies, information studies, history, or a related program, or a recent graduate from such a program;
- Some experience with using DSLR camera systems and artificial lighting;
- Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
- Close attention to detail;
- Proficient with technology and able to learn new systems and software;
- Flexible and able to work with minimal supervision;
- For remote work, access to a computer and reliable internet connection;
- Selected interns will undergo a background check.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to educate people of all ages about the American experience through the rich history of Maryland using their collections and to preserve important objects and archival materials from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. By exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland, MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community.
Maryland Center for History and Culture
Job Submission Requirements:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to [email protected]
Subject line: Digitization Internship. Incomplete applications may not be considered. No phone calls, please. Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview.
$1,500 stipend for 15 weeks (150 hours) of work. Complimentary MCHC membership.