Photo Digitization Internship

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Created: March 24, 2016


The United States Naval Institute is seeking two highly motivated and detail-oriented individuals for a paid photographic digitization internship.

Founded in 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute is a private, non-partisan, member-driven nonprofit whose mission is to provide an open, independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense. USNI sponsors numerous seminars and public events, maintains relevant blogs, publishes two magazines (Proceedings and Naval History), and has served as the U.S. Navy’s unofficial university press, producing an entire library of professional books as well as maintaining a significant presence in the trade publishing world.

Learning Opportunities and Responsibilities

The Photo Digitization Interns will each commit 24 hours of work per week on-site at the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. The interns will learn about the care and management of a large archival photographic collection and the process of digitizing photographs and ingesting their associated metadata. The internship will take as its focus the Naval Institute's collection of over 500,000 photographs. Under the supervision of the Chief Digital Officer, the Manger of the Heritage Collection, and the Digital Assets Administrator, the interns will assist in the preparation of archival photographs for digitization and will capture and generate descriptive metadata for he training received through these internships will allow the successful interns to have a through understanding of the digitization process and gain demonstrable experience working with image metadata.


Enrollment in, or recent completion of, M.L.I.S. or similar degree with a concentration in archival studies from an ALA-accredited program, or an equivalent graduate degree in the fields of information science, records management, or preservation.
Excellent attention to detail.
Ability to work both independently and under supervision.
Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet strict deadlines.
Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Background or interest in metadata management and digital preservation strongly preferred.
Interest in historical photographic preservation and care.
Interest in the history of the U.S. Navy or maritime history.


The Photo Preservation Interns will receive a compensation of $12.00 per hour.

For Consideration

For full consideration, interested individuals should submit a cover letter, résumé, the names and contact information of three (3) professional references, and a statement of interest describing what you hope to bring to the internship and gain from the experience to, specifying “Photo Digitization Internship” in the subject of your email.


Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016 21:30 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC