Library and Archives Intern

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives offers opportunities for intern experiences to graduate students preparing for careers in libraries and archives. Interns must schedule their work Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Interns work under the supervision and guidance of one of the Rock Hall’s librarians and archivists, depending on the nature of the practicum. Internships are done on a volunteer basis. 

Internships are offered in the following areas:

Archival Arrangement, Preservation, and Description

This internship provides the opportunity for a SLIS student to participate in archival processing and preservation work, such as inventorying, arranging and describing archival collections, entering data into an archival management system, helping to create an institutional disaster plan, and performing basic preservation work on document-based collections.

Cataloging and Metadata

This internship provides the opportunity for a SLIS student to work on projects to create and enhance bibliographic records in a library catalog and/or create metadata for digital collections. Such work may entail assigning subject and name access points, preparing descriptive summaries, and reviewing catalog records for accuracy.

Collection Development

This internship provides an opportunity for a SLIS student to participate in collection development activities in a music research library. Such work includes evaluating current materials and making recommendations for future additions to the collection. The student will gain an understanding of library users’ needs, the constraints of physical space, various resources and tools used in collection development, and the budgetary considerations required of such decisions.

Digital Projects

This internship provides the opportunity for a SLIS student to work in support of digitization initiatives to increase access to collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include scanning, entering and editing metadata in a digital asset management system, preparing technical and administrative documentation, testing digitization workflows, and assisting with interface design, usability studies, and related web development activities.

Reference
This internship provides the opportunity for a SLIS student to support the archivists and librarians on staff in response to research requests. Such work may include searching the online catalog, research databases, print reference sources, and archival collections for researchers at a distance, as well as staffing the Information Desk or Archives Reading Room to assist researchers in person.


How to Apply


Interested individuals may send a cover letter and resume (including full contact information and e-mail address), a personal statement or one-page document describing what they hope to bring to the internship and gain from the experience, and a letter of recommendation from a professor (may be sent separately) to:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Attn: Human Resources Department
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114
email: hkosalko@rockhall.org


Deadlines to Apply


Fall (August – December)
Deadline June 15

Spring (January - May)
Deadline October 15

Summer (May – August)
Deadline February 15