Under the supervision of the Head of the Digital Collections Department and in collaboration with Digitization Specialists and other Library Departments, the Digital Collections Intern will work primarily to digitize, apply metadata, and do quality control of digital collections. This internship will focus primarily on Duke University Chronicle and archival manuscript digitization projects.


  • Prepares materials for digitization
  • Makes digital captures using scanning equipment in the Digital Production Center
  • Evaluates digital captures for quality control
  • Applies metadata at the item and collection level
  • Ingests content into tools and platforms used for digital curation, including CONTENTdm and the Duke Digital Repository
  • Collaborates on interface design decisions
  • Works with Digital Collections and other library departments to promote digital collections through blog posts and social media.
  • Performs other duties related to Digital Collections projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: Enrollment in or recent graduate of an accredited graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program with a minimum of nine credit hours completed, or enrollment in a related graduate program combined with archival experience or training.


Required:  Interest in digitization and digital collections, strong written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, respect for privacy and confidentiality, and strong interest in history.

Preferred: Experience with digital collections; Dublin Core metadata, experience using scanning equipment; familiarity with CONTENTdm and web design

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials;
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
  • Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Hiring Rate

$16.50 per hour (minimum); The position is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.


This internship is a temporary, part-time position available for 19.5 hours per week for the academic year (9 months).  Hours are flexible within a M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week, but assistants are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at: https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply.   Refer to requisition # 401302377.        

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.