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Archival Engagement Intern


U-M William L. Clements Library


Ann Arbor, MI (Hybrid, with preference for in-person)


Paul Erickson, Randolph G. Adams Director of the Library

Description of the Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

Graduate student interns at the Clements Library will have the opportunity to support the work of the library in a variety of ways. We will work closely with students to match internship projects to their own interests and skills. An internship at the Clements will provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop important research, communication, collaborative, organizational, programming, and outreach skills. Internship projects could focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Outreach and communications: With the Clements Development department plan public lectures and other events, creating and carrying out communication strategies for those events, editing and writing for the Clements blog, and working with staff to help issue the Clements newsletter, The Quarto
  • Collection description: Working with curators, and depending on student interests, the intern would learn how to assess a collection, describe it for discoverability, and write a finding aid or subject guide.
  • Program development: Work with Clements staff to identify partners on campus at U-M to develop new programs to get students (both graduate and undergraduate) into the library to use Clements materials in their academic or creative work in new ways.
  • Digital Projects: Develop online platforms to present Clements Library materials to new audiences, and work with faculty and others to develop online exhibits drawing on Clements collections.
  • Translation: The Clements Library holds collection materials in a range of languages. Some of these have not been adequately described because the materials would need to be translated first. Languages of interest include Japanese, Spanish, French, German, and Dutch.


All Rackham Doctoral Interns contribute 20 hours per week to their internship organization. Those hours will be scheduled during regular Clements Library hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). There may be some occasions when presentations or other activities will occur outside of these hours.

About the Organization

Opened in 1923, the William L. Clements Library is one of the nation’s leading collections of pre-1900 Americana. The Clements Library collects, preserves, and makes available for teaching and research historical resources about the Americas, with particular strengths in 18th and 19th century American history and culture. The Clements collections are divided into four curatorial divisions: manuscripts, printed books and periodicals, graphic arts, and maps. We host classes for instruction with primary sources; we conduct programs for the general public; and we award research fellowships to scholars from across the country and around the world.