Amazing Internships

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This past summer two SLIS students were selected for highly competitive internships. Amanda Munson (MLIS, 2017) interned in the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum (GEM) in Rochester, NY. Based at the Eastman Kodak Company founder’s home, the GEM contains millions of artifacts and records. According to its website, the GEM “is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives.” Munson mainly worked with the Stills, Posters and Paper Collections division, processing the papers of Thomas Armat (one of the inventors of the film projector) and Kodak researcher named Glenn E. Matthews. Additionally, she applied the skills she learned in SLIS courses to help teach GEM staff how to use ArchivesSpace. According to Munson, “my experience at the George Eastman Museum helped me better understand cataloging systems and the effects of vinegar syndrome on photographic negatives.”

A. Mackenzie Roberts spent the summer as an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive. Roberts spent the majority of her time documenting the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival through logging and transferring raw footage from SD cards, ingesting the files into the DAM, and creating new metadata. As a Smithsonian intern, Roberts also participated in a wide variety of lectures and meetings held at the different Smithsonian museums and institutions. Regarding her experience, she notes, “I would recommend it highly as a place of encouragement, extensive learning, and growth for anyone looking to become an archivist.” Following her summer internship, Roberts was hired as a reformatting intern at National Public Radio’s Research, Archives & Data Strategy (RAD) division. Historically, about 8,000 people apply every semester to be NPR interns, and only 50 are hired.

Munson and Roberts are just a few of the many SLIS students engaged in internships and volunteer opportunities. Over the past year, SLIS students interned or volunteered at a wide range of institutions including the 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum in Fort Bragg, NC; the Bossier Parish Library; Louisiana’s Department of Transportation Development; the Ohio History Center; the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University. Not only do they learn critical skills, and gain hands on experience, but they greatly support the institutions where they work.

About SLIS

The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides 100% online graduate and undergraduate education in the field of library and information science. It offers the only Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the state of Louisiana. The MLIS is accredited by the American Library Association. SLIS also offers a dual masters degree with the Department of History, an undergraduate minor, and four certificate options. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

Visit the School of Library & Information Science at lsu.edu/chse/slis

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse