The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Library & Archives offers opportunities for intern experiences to graduate students preparing for careers in libraries and archives. Interns will work closely with one of the Rock Hall’s librarians or archivists to develop professional level skills that will prepare them for the workforce. 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 student to participate in archival processing and preservation work, such as inventorying, arranging and describing archival collections, entering and editing data in a collection management system, and performing basic preservation work. Other duties may include testing new workflows and metadata cleanup for an upcoming collection management system migration.
Cataloging and Metadata This internship provides the opportunity for a student 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. Other duties may include testing new workflows and metadata cleanup for an upcoming collection management system migration.
Collection Development This internship provides an opportunity for a student to participate in collection development activities in a music research library. Such work includes evaluating current materials for deaccession 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. Knowledge of rock and roll music and its history required.
Digital Projects This internship provides the opportunity for a student to work in support of digitization initiatives to increase access to collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include digitization, ingest, and creation of metadata in a digital asset management system, preparing technical and administrative documentation, testing digitization workflows, and assisting with interface design.
Public Services This internship provides the opportunity for a student to support the public services provided by the Library & Archives. Possible work to include responding to research requests, staffing the Information Desk to assist researchers in person, creating research guides and other access points into our collections, and assisting with events, public programs, and instruction for classes.
An intern must currently be enrolled in a college or graduate school program. The intern should have completed coursework related to: Archives, Library and Information Science, Public History, History, Museum Studies or equivalent. Should have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Availability to work 16 or more hours a week, up to 36 hours a week during the summer, for a minimum of 8 weeks. Graduate students preferred. Intern must be available during the hours of Monday to Friday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Basic understanding of archival arrangement and description
Skilled with computers and databases
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
Additional Salary Information: Internships are done on a volunteer basis. The Rock Hall does not offer compensation.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.