Behind the Veil is one of the largest oral history archives containing interviews with African Americans who lived during the era of segregation in the United States. As part of a NEH project to digitize the Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South project archive, this position will primarily provide support for technical services activities to appraise, process, and describe A/V, visual materials, and born digital records in preparation for digitization. The project intern will assist metadata development and update the archive collection guide available in the Rubenstein Library catalog.


  • Assists with collection appraisal, rehousing, processing, and description of Behind the Veil project archive
  • Completes processing work across various formats – manuscript, audiovisual, visual materials, and born digital records
  • Prepares descriptive tools for the collection including finding aids and catalog records
  • Coordinates with Duke University Libraries Digital Production Center for the digitization of archival and manuscript materials for inclusion in Duke’s digital collections; applies metadata to the resulting digital surrogates
  • Reviews interview transcriptions for accuracy
  • Other duties as assigned


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 creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience. 


Required: BA/BS in liberal arts or social science fields and current enrollment or recent graduate of an ALA accredited graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program, or equivalent.

Preferred:  Current enrollment in a related graduate program combined with archival experience or training. 


Required: N/A

Preferred:  Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; strong project and time-management skills; interest in African American, early 20th century US and/or Civil Rights History; demonstrated experience with collaborative projects; excellent organizational skills; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services; prior experience working in a special collections setting and/or completion of at least one course in archival theory; comparable work experience in an archival setting; prior experience with Archives Space and Archivist Toolkit; academic background in Civil Rights history and/or activist background.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Attendance at occasional events outside of normal work hours
  • Routinely moves library materials weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Frequently works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Work will be performed onsite

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. This description is subject to change at any time.

Hiring Rate

$17.00 per hour. 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 up to 16 hours per week from July 2021 – June 2022. Hours are flexible within a M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week, but interns 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 is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.

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 # 120828.    

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.