Rakow Library Special Collections and Archives Internship

Overview

The Rakow Research Library is pleased to offer an archives internship that will provide career-relevant, hands-on experience in archival processing.

The Rakow Research Library is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, covering subject areas from archaeology to zoology and everything glass in between. The Special Collections & Archives Department holds over 200 manuscript collections from glass manufacturers, studios, renowned glass artists and scholars, as well as design drawings and works of art on paper.

This internship is only available in the fall or spring term.

Responsibilities 

  • Work through all phases of processing an archival collection, including: writing a processing plan; arranging and describing the collection; and creating an online finding aid in ArchivesSpace
  • Participate in archives education and outreach activities
  • Put archival theory into practice
  • Work through archival issues as they arise in a real-world setting

Learning/Training Opportunities

  • Learn about the library’s archives and manuscript collections
  • Apply archival theory and best practices to a processing project
  • Enhance analytic and organizational skills
  • Write a reflection piece upon completion of the internship. The format will be flexible and chosen by the intern.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Current graduate student in a Library and Information Science program, with coursework in archives management
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and take direction
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment with a proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds, push a book truck, and perform repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work 15-20 hours per week

Additional Benefits 

  • 25% discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shops and Café.
  • Free admission to the museum for you and your guests
  • Opportunities to attend staff events and artist lectures
  • When requested, we are willing to work with your institution to provide academic credit

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following to interns@cmog.org:

  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • A cover letter expressing career goals and interest in the internship

The Corning Museum of Glass is an Equal Opportunity Employer.