Digital Access to Latina/o/x Archival Collections Internship

The Archives of American Art, in collaboration with the Transcription Center and National Museum of American History, seeks an intern to assist with the promotion of recently digitized Latina/o/x archival collections.

Anticipated Learning Objectives:

  • Gain experience collaborating with and working across multiple Smithsonian units to present and promote Latina/o/x archival collections.
  • Develop writing skills and establish strategies for engaging diverse, multigenerational, and multilingual audiences through a variety of communication media, including social media posts, blogs, ArcGIS Storymaps, and Learning Lab content.
  • Learn how Smithsonian units select and provide content to the public on the Transcription Center.
  • Identify strategies to encourage the use of Latina/o/x archival collections in the classroom through the development of experiences, online resources, and additional relevant content.
  • Gain experience in planning, implementing, and using best practices for accessibility of archival collections through social media outreach on a variety of platforms.
  • Develop skills in project management and the outreach campaign’s lifecycle through the identification of processes and logistics.
  • Develop skills in evaluating the impact and success of outreach campaigns for cultural heritage institutions.

Ideal Qualifications/Prerequisites:

  • Working towards a graduate degree in Latino/a/x studies; or graduate degree in Education, Library and Information Science, or History with coursework in Latina/o/x history, ethnic studies, and/or immigrant history.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Demonstrated high interest in storytelling centered on Latina/o/x experiences in the United States
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of web platforms

Location: Virtual

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: The intern will be invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum and archive fields.

Timeline: This internship will take place Summer 2021 for 10 weeks. This internship will be full time (approximately 40 hours a week).

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a guaranteed stipend of $6,500 for a 40 hours per week internship schedule. This internship received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Application Materials: Applications are due March 1, 2021. All internship application materials including a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation must be submitted through Smithsonian’s online internship application system at solaa.si.edu.

Please contact Erin Kinhart, kinharte@si.edu with any questions.