Current Internship Projects

We are currently recruiting interns for the Spring 2014 term:

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Archival Internship

ARCHIVAL INTERN will assist the Archivist and the Byzantine Research Associate with the research and archival processing of the collection “San Marco in Context.” This collection contains administrative records and research materials, including bibliographical notes, sketches, tracings, and photographs, which document the survey of mosaic decoration at the church of San Marco in Venice, Italy. The project in the 1970s directed by Otto Demus and conducted by Irina Andreescu aimed to contextualize the mosaics at San Marco and the churches in the surrounding area with the Western medieval and Byzantine influences and to document comparative examples in Byzantine territories such as the mosaics in Daphni and Hosios Loukas in Greece.  This fieldwork project also attempted to place San Marco within its immediate geographic context of the Gulf of Venice (North Adriatic Sea area), including mosaics within churches in Torcello, Murano, and Trieste. Mosaic decorations at these sites are well-known for their technical and artistic execution, and for being an important comparison to mosaic decorations of the middle Byzantine period. Though they have not been studied extensively, mosaics in the North Adriatic area have been highly influential for the idea of Byzantine art since the 19th century. 

During the semester, the intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Assess the collection and update the finding aid
  • Evaluate the collection's physical condition and preservation needs
  • Contribute to ICFA's departmental blog
  • Present project and findings to ICFA staff

In doing so, the intern will learn the various aspects of processing and preservation in order to maintain the items for long-term use, and the value of documentation. If time permits, the student will also learn the different aspects of metadata, including the difference between content and structure standards. 

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Archival practices and standards
  • Finding aids

Interest in:

  • Byzantine art and architecture
  • Metadata standards

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Rona Razon, Archivist

Email: razonr@doaks.org

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Image Cataloging Internship

CATALOGING INTERN will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy metadata for implementation into a new collection management system. For this project, ICFA seeks a Library or Archival Science graduate student with a background in Art History, Architectural History or Archaeology.

A common problem for cultural heritage institutions, database migrations pose realistic challenges that require an array of resources to properly address. Increasingly, professionals in cultural heritage informatics – whether in libraries, archives, or museums – will need to possess knowledge of metadata standards, familiarity with technical tools, and creative problem-solving skills. 

ICFA’s holdings include both visual resources and archival collections. The archival collections comprise fieldwork records and scholarly papers produced by organizations, scholars, and archaeologists. The photographic collections comprise nearly 500,000 images of Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology from the fourth through the fifteenth century and beyond. The geographic scope is broad, encompassing the entire Mediterranean from Italy to Georgia, with a particular focus on Sicily, Istanbul, and Cyprus. Within the holdings there are materials related to eminent Byzantinists such as Ihor Sevcenko, Cyril Mango, and Ernst Kitzinger, as well as renowned photographers like Josephine Powell. As a blended repository, ICFA must address the challenges of physical and intellectual control of both documents and images. This provides a unique opportunity for the Image Cataloging Intern to engage with both the archival and visual resources communities and their practices, as well as work with primary source materials that document art, architecture, and archaeology.

The Cataloging Intern will assist with the migration and conversion of metadata from a legacy database in preparation for import into the new system. This will involve the following tasks:

  • Work in Open Refine (formerly Google Refine) to identify and standardize datasets for import into the new system as discrete collections
  • Perform quality control following import and creating relationships between image catalog records and existing archival descriptions
  • Create MARC-based collection-level records for contribution to Harvard’s union catalog (HOLLIS)
  • Generate and review XML exports for contribution to Harvard’s online visual image access (VIA) and finding aid catalogs (OASIS)

 

In so doing, the student will learn how different standards are employed in this process and in the management of archival documents and images. Relevant content and encoding standards include:

  • VRA Core
  • MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC)
  • Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO)
  • Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
  • Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
  • General International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD-G)

The ideal candidate is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, has an academic background in Art History, Architectural History, or Archaeology, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Cataloging and/or metadata in archival, library or museum setting
  • Creating and/or working with XML documents
  • Relational databases

Interest in:

  • Archival and/or visual resource collections
  • Byzantine art, architecture, or archaeology
  • Information management and structured data

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist

violaa@doaks.org

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Processing Internship

PROCESSING INTERN will assist the Archivist with the final stages of archival processing for three collections that have been preliminary processed. Collections contain photographs, administrative records, and other research related materials.

The intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Finalize existing finding aids
  • Arrange and process the collections (e.g., re-house and re-label)
  • Contribute to ICFA’s departmental blog
  • Present project and findings to ICFA staff
  • If time permits, create collection-level records for each holding in ICFA’s collection management system, ICA-AtoM

In doing so, the intern will learn the various aspects of processing and preservation in order to maintain the items for long-term use, and the value of documentation. If time permits, the student will also learn the different aspects of metadata, including the difference between content and structure standards.

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of and practical experience with:

  • Archival practices and standards
  • Finding aids

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Rona Razon, Archivist

Email: razonr@doaks.org

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  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • 1703 32nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20007
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  • Email icfa@doaks.org
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