Archives Drill Internship

Under the supervision of the Technical Services Archivist, the Drill Intern will work primarily processing archival records, both physical and electronic, within the Duke University Archives.  The intern will also gain experience in research services, appraisal and accessions, and outreach. 


  • Process paper and electronic records received from various campus units, including born digital, photograph and AV collections
  • Create finding aids and accession records in ArchivesSpace
  • Create MARC records
  • Work with Digital Records Archivist on web archiving activities
  • Assist with research services and respond to reference inquires, including a regular shift on the Rubenstein reference desk
  • Participate in the department’s social media outreach and blog
  • Work with the University Archives staff to promote the history of the University through outreach, exhibits, and research guides

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 a 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:  Familiarity with research in primary sources, strong written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, respect for privacy and confidentiality, and strong interest in history. 

Preferred: Experience with archival processing, familiarity with MARC and EAD

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 40 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

$15.50 per hour.  This position is eligible for paid designated holidays, discretionary holidays and accrual of vacation and sick leave hours (all prorated based on hours per week).  The position is not eligible for the University’s contribution towards health care plans or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.


The internship is a temporary, part-time position available 19 hours per week for 12 months, June 2015-May 2016.


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: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, 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:  Refer to requisition # 400941247.        

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.