Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
December 03, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Digital Programs Intern


The Boston Athenæum seeks a motivated intern for the Digital Programs Department who will play an important role in digitizing materials in the Athenaeum’s collection. Reporting to the Head of Digital Programs, the intern will work closely with various forms of technology to photograph and digitize prints, photographs, paintings, and ephemera, and accurately apply existing metadata to their digital surrogates. The ideal candidate will be organized, hard-working, ambitious, and will have a strong focus in digital photography.

This position will start in January 2019.

Hours: Flexible schedule; About 14 - 20 hours per week.

Compensation: $13 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following the date of departure; no other benefits.


  • Scanning/photographing bound books, flat documents, prints, photographs, paintings, and sculptures.
  • Performing post-production work on surrogates.
  • Transferring existing metadata from the online catalog into a Dublin Core template, and provides links between the catalog and ContendDM, the digital asset management system
  • Creating online collections and records in ContentDM.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Department of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library science graduate program.
  • Digital photography experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current cataloging practices.
  • Knowledge of Qualified Dublin Core metadata fields.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong research skills.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience in digital photography and scanning, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat, strongly considered.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork and inclusion.
How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Patricia Boulos via e-mail at
Apply by:
December 21, 2018
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.