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Internship Position Description - Museum Research
Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation


The Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation at the Institute of Museum and Library Services seeks a part-time (unpaid) intern for the fall and/or spring semester to assist with ongoing research activities on museums and museum practice. Although this is an unpaid internship, IMLS will cooperate with school programs that provide credit for externships. Applicant seeking course credit must apply through their university.

Work will be focused on, but not limited to, identifying "trends" in museum practice and services, collecting and sharing relevant scholarly literature from the field on a variety of critical issues, and assistance with research activities regarding cultural programs and data collection in the US government. The intern may design a flexible schedule around classes, with a minimum commitment of 12-15 hours a week.

IMLS is an independent federal agency serving as the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries. IMLS’ mission is to build the capacity of museums and libraries to create and sustain a nation of learners. The agency plays a leadership role by making grants, convening national experts, and supporting research. The Office of Policy, Planning Reseach and Communications contributes to the development of a comprehensive approach to agency sponsored research for the purpose of identifying and analyzing trends, forecasting future need for library and museum services in the US and supporting research to inform best practices.

The position is being extended to graduate students with coursework relevant to museum administration and museum studies, and may be of particular interest to students with experience in qualitative research methods and cultural studies research interests.

Required skills include organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and working independently; a high degree of skill in written and oral communication; and familiarity with MS Office software. The intern will be exposed to knowledge of the principles and practices of research both in the museum and cultural policy fields as well as the particular qualifications of research and data collection at the federal level. In addition, the intern will be exposed to knowledge of the agency’s museum and library funding programs. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay our interns. We will cooperate in arrangements for graduate school credit.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

To apply for a fall internship, please send a cover letter and a resume on or before September 30; for a spring internship, by December 15. IMLS is willing to accommodate summer internships or those that extend beyond a single semester in order to meet credit requirements of the university. Please forward the materials to:

Carlos Manjarrez
Director of Policy, Research and Evaluation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20036-5802
Fax: (202) 653 - 4600
cmanjarrez@imls.gov – If emailing, please put "Internship Application" in the subject line.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a year-round internship program.