I am a little bit sad that my internship at Special Collections is over. I wish I was able to spend another semester processing but graduation is coming whether I am ready for it or not. This internship has taught me a lot about what I want in a future career. I would love to become a processing archivist. I love immersing myself in the collections, in the photographs, correspondence, and in the case of literature collections, reading some of the authors writings. But I have learned that sometimes I spend a little too much time looking at the collections when I should be more focused on organizing and arranging the collections.
Two main things I’ve learned from this internship:
- Read and follow the manual. Even if you think you’ve done everything you need to do, refer to the manual, because surely there is something you have forgotten.
- Processing might take a little longer than first expected. If you give yourself a timeline, add in an extra day or so for leeway.
Overall, my experience as an intern at the special collections library has been amazing. I have learned so much and gained valuable experience which I will take with me wherever I end up after graduation. I have applied to a couple project archivist positions, I am still waiting to hear back. Once finals are over and my regular job at Special Collections has ended, I will have more time to apply for other job positions!
If anyone is interested, I kept a weekly blog throughout my internship. You can access my blog here!