The Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship Program at the University of Chicago Library offers an annual six-week internship in library preservation, conservation or digitization. The Program has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Albert Somit, AB'41, PhD'47, University of Chicago alumnus and past president of Southern Illinois University. Established to honor his parents' legacy, the internships support the needs of the Library and its collections and prepare students for the important work of preserving library resources for research and teaching.
The internship is intended to give current graduate students or recent graduates of a preservation or conservation program an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a research library setting. Interns will gain experience in a preservation program for the care of collections and undertake a project based on the needs of the Library. They will work in the Library Preservation Department under the guidance of the Preservation Librarian and other library staff.
The Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship provides a $4,000 stipend for 6 weeks during the summer. The posting for each annual internship is made in mid-January, with applications due March 1st.
Interns will learn about the functions, policies and practices of the Preservation Department including:
In addition to gaining an understanding of preservation operations, interns will undertake a major project which may include but is not limited to:
Eligibility and Requirements:
To apply for the Somit Preservation Internship please submit the following items:
For additional information contact Sherry Byrne, Preservation Librarian.