Archival Internship, Claude Pepper Library-FSU

Fall 2013 Archival Internship, Claude Pepper Library (Division of Archives and Special Collections), Florida State University Libraries


Contact Person/Internship Supervisor: Robert Rubero, 850-644-9217,


Work hours: Monday-Friday, during the hours of 9am-5pm



This internship provides students with an opportunity to develop archival skills in a well-established repository that utilizes current best practices. The intern will work with a professional archivist and two archival paraprofessionals in processing a large historical manuscripts collections, and possibly additional small collections, using minimal processing practices. The intern will be involved in developing narrative material to describe this collection, assist in retrieving materials to be processed, and create a full finding aid. Related duties, such as providing reference service, will be included.



1. Learn to physically process a large historical manuscripts collection and possibly one or more additional small collections. Examine materials in the collection, identify the types of records and determine if the arrangement of the materials is consistent and logical. If something seems out of place, check with a manuscript supervisor before making any changes in arrangement. Maintain extensive notes of content and organization for use in creating the finding aid.


2. Learn basic preservation procedures for manuscript collections. Rehouse materials in archival folders or boxes as needed, maintaining consistent order and labeling.


3. Learn to create an electronic finding aid. Prepare front matter and a descriptive container list using Archon.


4. Provide reference service to researchers as needed.


Must be currently enrolled in a master’s program in library science or public history with at least one year of course work completion toward the MLIS/HAPH degree. Strong writing and communication skills and a history background are desirable. Please send resume.