Paid Summer Internships, United States Department of Transportation, Washington DC

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013.

 

U.S. DOT 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 9 - August 15, 2014.  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 travel (relocation) arrangements and shared housing for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The deadline for submitting an application is December 31, 2013. For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see:http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/education/stipdg.cfm. If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to DOTSTIPDG@twc.edu.

 

When applying, please select your interest areas as the Federal Highway Administration (with specialty Library Science) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (with specialty Library Science).

 

The following are potential internship projects. Responsibilities may be modified 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.CTR@dot.gov or 202-493-3058.

 

CATALOGING INTERN (Federal Highway Administration Research Library, McLean, VA)

 

Responsibilities:

* Create catalog records for a print 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.

 

Desired Qualifications: Coursework and/or experience in cataloging and/or user experience; familiarity and/or experience with AACR2, MARC; knowledge of LCSH; knowledge of LC Classification System; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations and take on new tasks; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.

 

HISTORIAN'S ARCHIVAL COLLECTION INTERN (National Transportation Library, Washington, DC)

 

Responsibilities:

* Arrange, inventory and describe collections at the item level; create finding aids; apply subject headings.

* Review DOT Historian's webpage for content needing updates and/or reorganization.  Provide updates to content; recommend improved layouts and organization for the site; investigate and recommend new content/features for the site.

 

Desired Qualifications: Coursework towards a specialization in archives; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices; knowledge of LCSH and MARC; strong organizational, analytical, and written/verbal communication skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations, take on new tasks, and meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism; experience conducting historical research.

 

HISTORICAL RESEARCH INTERN (Federal Highway Administration Research Library, McLean, VA)

 

Responsibilities:

* Conduct research on FHWA past executives/personnel; assign subject headings and enter descriptions into the library catalog for corresponding historical file record; transfer description to collection finding aid.

* Compile histories of FHWA research laboratories.

* Fill occasional reference requests related to historical files; assist with other library tasks as needed.

 

Desired Qualifications: Coursework towards a specialization in archives or history; experience conducting historical research; familiarity and/or experience with archival practices; knowledge of LCSH and MARC; strong organizational, analytical, and written/verbal communication skills; willingness to adapt to changing situations, take on new tasks, and meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.

 

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

 

FHWA Research Library: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/library  

NTL U.S. DOT site: http://ntl.bts.gov

NTL Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nationaltransportationlibrary (includes information on past interns' experiences)

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