Archivist/Digital Resource Manager
The Lone Arranger Section listserv generates exciting conversations and contributes to the collective professional discourse, and this spring was no exception. Sarah Chilton, the Senior Research Librarian at the Brookings Institution Library, asked the Lone Arranger community about best approaches for hiring and employing an intern, and specifically about position descriptions, internship objectives, and others’ experiences supervising interns as a Lone Arranger.
The Lone Arranger community provided helpful suggestions for developing a meaningful, mutually beneficial internship. Sarah consolidated and summarized the results of the responses, finding that:
-Everyone agreed that internships could be a worthwhile experience.
-The internship should be designed to include professional level work with clear educational objectives.
-The Archivist, student and faculty supervisor must agree on expectations in advance, and maintain communications throughout.
-The Archivist needs to clearly describe processes, check back frequently at first and then allow for independent work once the student has demonstrated they understand what needs to be done.
-The intern should gain exposure to various aspects of archival work.
-Ownership of a discrete project is preferred.
-Digitization projects attract more student interest.
Are there any further words of wisdom for lone arrangers looking to hire an intern? Does anyone in the lone arranger community have other takeaways about supervising interns? Please post any and all thoughts in the comment section below!