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Digital Collections Intern, National Transportation Library (NTL), Washington, DC


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research Library and National Transportation Library (NTL), both located in the Washington, D.C. area, are seeking students pursuing degrees in library/information science or history for paid, full-time internships for the period June 5 – August 11, 2023. These internships are being offered as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The internships include a stipend and travel (relocation) arrangements and shared housing for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The current plan is to have an in-person internship. The availability of a virtual internship option has not yet been determined. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2023.

For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see: If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to [email protected].

Please note that applicants cannot apply for specific positions but can indicate their interest areas. When completing the application, please select “Library Sciences” as an interest area and “Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)” and/or “Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R)” as your preferred mode.


  1. Process born digital and digitized legacy content of historical significance for long-term digital
    preservation. Content may include newsletters, technical reports, magazines, memos and orders. Prepare and enhance existing metadata for batch upload.
  2. Assess documents for duplication, quality and adherence to NTL policy.
  3. Identify and remediate controlled vocabulary terms that perpetuate bias and discrimination.
  4. Work with NTL Metadata Librarians on authority control projects, such as improving the integration of digital object identifiers into NTL systems.
  5. Create finding aids.
  6. Participate in workflow assessment for digital collections and trustworthy repositories. Work with NTL Digital
    Librarian and NTL Data Curator to develop identify best practices and create documentation.
  7. Assist in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services.

Desired Qualifications

Coursework and/or experience in metadata, cataloging, and indexing; digital preservation; knowledge of and/or familiarity with non-MARC metadata (e.g., Dublin Core). Familiarity and/or experience with digital storage, open access processes and collection assessment. Candidate should possess strong organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to meet established deadlines with products that reflect professionalism.


Contact: Mary Moulton, [email protected], 202-366-0303
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