Smithsonian Library Summer Internship

Here’s an internship posting that illuminates a potential vocation for art students–librarianship + artists’ books. While it’s rare to find a position that works exclusively with artists’ books, it is possible, and many university and museum library collections feature artists’ books for teaching and learning.

Check out this blog post on projects past interns have worked on, and check out the internship description below:

The Smithsonian Libraries’ Summer Internship Program includes an internship for working with artists’ books at three of the art libraries at the Smithsonian (the Hirshhorn, the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, and African Art). Interns will be working closely with staff from all three libraries and the Smithsonian Libraries’ internship are unique learning experiences that benefit from professional mentorship from SIL staff, as well as internship programming opportunities and events from the Libraries and the Smithsonian Institution. Please note that this internship does not carry a stipend, though we are happy to work with students to help them obtain credit from their college or university.

Information about the project (titled “Artists’ book accessibility and research”) and how to apply for an internship can be found at:

Please note that although the deadline is given as April 12, we will be accepting applications until the internship is filled. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Doug Litts, Librarian, Head

Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Smithsonian Libraries

Phone: 202-633-8236

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