American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609

Date Posted:
January 21, 2022

Central Massachusetts



Library Digital Photography Internship, Part-Time, Summer 2022


Dept: Digital Imaging/Collections
Reports to: AAS Photographer and Media Producer
FTE/Hours:Part-time, 14 hours per week, non-exempt
Compensation: $15 per hour for 140 hours, total $2,100

Duration: Approx 10 weeks between May and August 2022
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling but no later than February 20, 2022

Organization Description: The American Antiquarian Society is a learned society and national research library dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the printed record of the United States through 1876. The Society’s collections are used by scholars, students, creative and performing artists, and writers in many fields studying and working with American history and culture. The Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the institution, as expressed in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility: a statement from the Council and Staff of the American Antiquarian Society.


Hours: 14 hours per week to be arranged with the candidate; AAS is open Monday through Friday, 9-5 pm

Internship Description:

The Digital Photography Internship is?an opportunity for an?individual?to learn the operations of a non-profit photo studio within a national research library. This position will be focused on creating 600 digital surrogates of historic 19th-century photographs from the Society’s collection, as well as a small collection of associated manuscripts.

The work will primarily center?on facilitating equitable access to photography collections through digital scans and copy stand photography. In addition,?the intern will shadow the Society’s Photographer and Media Producer and learn basic operations of the department.??

The Digital Photography Intern will learn:?

  • Basic?workflows?for archival photography including handling, imaging, file naming, and best practice around file storage. ?
  • Organizational skills needed for execution of a time-limited, grant-funded project
  • How?digital surrogates are used in a research setting
  • How to care for,?handle, and image?rare materials in a special collection environment?

Work environment:

The?Digital Photography Intern will perform most of their duties in a shared office environment with artificial light and cool, controlled temperatures. Training in specific image management software and internal practices will be provided.?

The?Digital Photography Intern will work with historical manuscripts and photographs, including albumen prints, tintypes, stereophotographs, and cyanotypes, which may result in exposure to dust, mold, and other irritants. Training in handling historical materials will be provided.?

At the time of posting, the City of Worcester and the Society have indoor mask mandates for shared and common spaces and the Society has a COVID vaccination requirement for all staff unless a specific accommodation has been requested and approved in advance of the start date.

  • Knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Enrollment in or completion of a photography degree program
  • Ability to work well both individually and collaboratively?
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail?
  • Good verbal communication skills?
  • Interest in pre-1900 American photography a plus
How To Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume via our online platform at

Applications without cover letters will not be considered. In their cover letters, candidates should discuss their interest in this position and any relevant interests, skills, and knowledge.

We anticipate the interview process to include a single round with the Society's Photographer and Media Producer and an HR representative.

As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

For questions about the internship, please contact careers[at] Please do not submit applications to this address.

Apply by:
February 20, 2022
About this Organization:
A national research library of early American history and culture, specializing in collections of material printed prior to 1877. AAS offers wide range of innovative programs and services to diverse audience including scholars, teachers, post secondary students, genealogists, and the general public.