Working with RL Technical Services and Research Services staff, you will primarily provide support for research services, technical services, and collection development activities of the Human Rights Archive.


  • Assists with collections intake by establishing initial physical and intellectual control of incoming manuscript materials through arranging and rehousing this material, creating records in ArchivesSpace, and other activities.
  • Performs processing of archival and manuscript collections and assists with analyzing their organization, arrangement and preservation needs.
  • Prepares descriptive tools for collections including finding aids and catalog records.
  • Assists with the processing of print materials as needed.
  • Assists with library instruction, including meeting with instructors, selecting materials, teaching classes, and participating in instructional assessment.
  • Assists with developing reference tools.
  • Assists with public programming and other outreach activities such as website development and maintenance, newsletter production, and exhibitions.
  • Assists librarians with special projects.
  • Performs other duties 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 creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.


Required: BA/BS and current enrollment or recent graduate in a relevant field or in a Public History or MLS program accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent.


Required:  None required

Preferred:  Strong analytical, organizational, and writing skills; excellent communication and social skills; interest in human rights and social justice; capacity to take initiative and thrive in a rapidly changing environment; ability to work freely and as a member of a team; accurate and detail-oriented; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services; prior experience in a special collections setting and/or completion of at least one course in archival theory and practice; academic or activist background in human rights and social justice; reading proficiency in a foreign language relevant to collection(s) to be processed (Spanish).

Working Conditions

  • Occasionally moves library materials weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Occasionally works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Constantly positions self to process materials
  • Normal office environment
  • Work will be split between remote and 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 19 hours per week from August 2021 - May 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 # 102150.    

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.