Four David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Internships (Reference Intern, Marshall T. Meyer Human Rights Intern, Advertising History Intern, and African American Studies Intern) are available. These are nine-month internships, running from September 1 through May 31. Each provides an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School-recommended Arts and Sciences nine-month stipend established each year), as well as tuition and mandatory fees. In addition, The Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan.
Established as a cooperative venture between the Perkins Library System and the Graduate School, these internships offer training in the acquisition, physical arrangement, description, and use of primary source materials. Each intern works an average of 15 hours per week within library hours, including some evening hours in the case of the Reference Intern.
After appropriate training, interns will be responsible for the following functions:
- The Reference Intern will provide reference service to researchers in person, by telephone, and through correspondence; prepare and present introductory classes on manuscript and rare book research for undergraduates; and prepare or assist in the preparation of exhibits.
- The Marshall T. Meyer Human Rights Intern will organize, arrange, describe, screen for restrictions, and preserve archival materials related to human rights.
- The Advertising History Intern will perform similar functions to the Reference Intern for archival materials relating to the history of sales, advertising, and marketing.
- The African and African American Studies Intern will work with the Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American Culture and History to provide reference services to patrons using African and African American holdings in the Rubenstein Library. The intern will also assist with the processing of archival materials and educational outreach programs.
The Rubenstein Library is a branch library within the Perkins Library System, performing a full range of public and technical service functions for a collection of over 17,000,000 modern manuscripts and over 165,000 rare books. The holdings are international in scope and cover a wide range of subjects, including the history and culture of the southern United States, women’s history, African American history and culture, human rights, documentary arts, British history, the history of economics, British and American literature, and the history of advertising.
- Applicants must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester before the period covered by the award.
- Students are not eligible for this award if they have already received one of the following: Evan Frankel Fellowship, Anne Firor Scott Fellowship, Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship.
- Applicants are expected to have completed their examinations and be in the dissertation-writing stage in their Ph.D. program at Duke University.
- Generally, strong preference will be given to applicants whose time at Duke as of the internship starting date has not exceeded six years.
- Students may hold Library Internships for no more than two years.
- All positions require ability to work independently and efficiently after initial training; reliability; excellent communication skills; ability to work well with other staff members; interest in working with primary source materials.
- Research experience or employment in a manuscript, archival, or rare book repository is desirable.
- In addition, the following abilities and skills are highly desirable for these positions:
- For the Reference Internship, strong public service orientation and ability to work well with a variety of researchers (students, faculty, and general public).
- For the Marshall T. Meyer Human Rights Internship, a reading knowledge of Spanish and strong analytical, organizational, and writing skills.
- For the Advertising History Internship, interest in and knowledge of business or popular culture, particularly advertising and marketing; as well as strong analytical, organizational, and writing skills.
- For the African American Studies Internship, interest in and knowledge of African and African American history and culture.
- No other award (whether fellowship or service-related) may be held concurrently with this internship without special permission from the dean.
- Approval from your department (see step 1 below)
- Your CV (PDF)
- A copy of your current Duke transcript or ACES report (PDF)
- Two letters of recommendation from your DGS and faculty advisor. If your DGS and faculty advisor are the same individual only one letter of recommendation is required.
- A PDF file that includes, in the following order,
- An application letter (in PDF format). This should be no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font.
- OPTIONAL: You may also include an additional 1-page bibliography.
- A list of three references.
- Get approval to apply from your department. Before you can submit your applications for this award to The Graduate School, you must first get approval from your director of graduate studies (DGS). Programs differ in how they choose their nominees. Check with your DGS.
- Once you have received approval from your DGS, go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)
The application cycle opens in early October and closes in late November. Award recipients will be notified in spring semester. The Graduate School will announce exact dates closer to the start of the cycle, and they will be posted with the award listing on the school’s online application system.
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