Whether you are focusing on archives or another aspect of library and information science, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center has a variety of internship opportunities for you to receive hands-on experience while obtaining your degree.
To set up an internship appointment, please contact our Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, Samantha Bruer, at Samantha.Bruer@houstontx.gov or call at 832-393-1376
Special Collections – Our Special Collections unit works with books, periodicals, government documents, maps, and other unique collections. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with various inventorying and cataloging work to help make these collections discoverable and available to patrons. End products are completed data sheets that are used for reference and cataloging data entry.
Digitization – A major effort within archival institutions is to digitize material for accessibility and preservation purposes. Students can work on this effort by creating metadata and capturing digital images of material. End products are digital collections prepared to be published through our digital archive.
Preservation – Students interested in preservation and conservation work are encouraged to intern with the Preservation Librarian to gain hands-on training in book repair and preventative measures taken to stall degradation of materials. End products are materials that have been worked on. Completion or current enrollment of Preservation and/or Rare Books is preferred.
Oral History – Students with a special interest in oral history, storytelling, and memory projects are needed to help abstract and index interviews to make them discoverable, accessible, and ultimately usable by the public. End products are finding aids for each interview completed.
Academic Resource Curation – We are seeking students focused on youth and school librarianship to help us create research guides. These guides can be used as a supportive resource to curriculum and can be tailored to specific class assignments and projects. Depending on the topic, resources can include books, documents, audio and video, photographs, maps, and periodicals. End products will be guides available to educators and the public.
Archival Collections – Gain practical experience in the processing of archival collections. Interns will have the opportunity to house, arrange, and describe archival material. End products will be archival collections organized in accordance to archival standards and accessible by researchers via a finding aid created by the intern. Completion or current enrollment of Archival Arrangement and Description is preferred.