Internship Opportunity with the Library of Virginia

Julia Thompson – March 13th, 2017

The Institute for Public History at UVA has internships available for this summer in Richmond, VA. Positions are paid, and require 300 hours of work. Note that housing is not provided. Undergrads, May 2017 graduates, and graduate students are all eligible to apply. All majors are welcome to apply as well.


LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA -- Richmond, VA -- Online collections management and women's history research 

Deadline: Rolling March 20-30. Applicants will be processed in the order they are submitted and candidates contacted to set up Skype Interviews.

Terms: With support from the 2019 Commemoration: American Evolution program, the Library of Virginia offers an internship in its Public Services and Outreach Division. The Library seeks an undergraduate, May 2017 grad, or graduate student intern to complete 300 hours at the Library of Virginia under the supervision of exhibitions coordinator Barbara C. Batson. The intern will work with LVA staff, including the exhibitions coordinator (as project director), graphic designers, education coordinator, social media coordinator, and editorial staff. Pays undergrads and May grads minimum wage for 300 hours of work; grad student rate is $12.50/hr. Housing is not provided; some remote work may be possible.

Goals: Using Omeka, an online content management system, the intern will develop an online collection of women's biographies created as Virginia Women in History and Strong Men & Women, two annual projects of the Library of Virginia. The collection will be accessible through the Education Web site and will be a first step to creating a women's history portal to the LVA's collections and other products relating to women's history in Virginia. The intern will transfer the biographies, images, and any other materials from the current VWH and SMW web pages and then use Omeka to create a dynamic Web site of archival documents, images, and three-dimensional objects.

Outcome: The intern will use his/her skills in critical thinking and in historical research and writing to craft a creative presentation in various electronic formats, including social media, that engage a general audience.
Background: The Library of Virginia is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's incomparable printed and manuscript holdings. Our collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.


TO APPLY: Please email your application form, an unofficial transcript, a resume or CV, and your application essay to Lisa Goff, IPH Director, at lg6t@virginia.edu. Request a recommendation letter from a faculty member, and ask them to email it to the same address. 

Essay: The attached essay of 500-700 words should explain your interests in and qualifications for the internship you are applying for. Include relevant information on academic and computing skills pertinent to the internship descriptions.


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Questions? Email Lisa Goff at lg6t@virginia.edu.