Diane Werley Smith '73 Internship

Special Collections and College Archives/Musselman Library invites current Gettysburg College students (including seniors who will graduate in May) to submit applications for the Diane Werley Smith ’73 summer internship in Special Collections. This internship is available to an undergraduate who is interested in exploring special collections, archives, public history, or museum studies as a profession.

The next search will be conducted during the spring semester for Summer 2024 interns.

Special Collections and College Archives is home to the College’s collection of rare books, letters, diaries, College publications, photographs, historic maps, memorabilia, artifacts, oral histories, and media. The College Archives also includes documents related to the history of the College.

The summer intern will be introduced to a variety of archival skills such as processing collections, cataloging, book/paper conservation, digital projects, exhibit support, etc. At the completion of the summer, the intern will have processed at least one archival collection and produced a finding aid to assist researchers.

Whenever possible, internship projects will be tailored to the interests of the intern based on available collections. Training is done onsite. Some projects will require the Smith intern to work independently, while others will be collaborative learning opportunities with our other summer interns. The Smith intern will rotate through Special Collections and may explore:

  • Archival processing and records management
    • research and processing of manuscript collections
    • arrangement and preservation of College Records
    • creation of finding aids
    • care and handling of archival materials and exhibit support
  • Cataloging and collection development
    • Selection of materials for collections
    • Cataloging books and other historic materials for discovery in MUSCAT Plus
    • creation of LibGuides to connect student researchers with primary sources
  • Conservation and collection maintenance
    • archival rehousing of materials
    • history of the book and introduction to bookbinding
    • book/paper conservation
    • collections care
  • Digital Humanities and Metadata Projects
    • Digital projects workflow
    • Collaborative work on an original digital humanities project involving items from Special Collections
    • Creation of metadata through transcription and research
    • Processing of digital learning objects for upload into our GettDigital Collections

For a sampling of our unique collections, please explore the Special Collections and College Archives website and our GettDigital Collections.

This internship is made possible through the generosity of Diane Werley Smith '73 and Ronald Smith '72.


  • Gettysburg College student in any course of study
  • Interest in special collections, archives, public history, or museum studies as a profession


  • Summer only
  • Weekdays from May 27 - July 26, 2024

Hours: 35 hours per week

Pay rate: $10.25 per hour

Housing: Internship includes campus housing during the weeks of the summer internship.

Application Process:

Internship accepting applications during the spring semester - posting will be listed in Handshake.

1) Submit a letter indicating your interest in this position, your educational goals, and any relevant courses.

2) Submit a copy of your resume including activities, and the names of at least two campus references for us to contact.

Please be specific about why you want an internship in Special Collections and College Archives and how you think it will help you obtain your goals.

From the pool of letters/resumes, 4-6 students are selected for in person interviews which take place during the week following the deadline.

The Smith intern is selected from the in person pool of candidates by the search committee which is comprised of our Director of Special Collections and College Archives, our College Archivist, our Digital Initiatives Librarian, and our Special Collections Conservator.

Application deadline: To be announced

For questions, please contact:

Carolyn Sautter, Director of Special Collections and College Archives: csautter@gettysburg.edu

Musselman Library Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Musselman Library is committed to creating, through our learning spaces, programs, services, collections, and policies, an environment that supports, values, and respects everyone in the Gettysburg College community. At Gettysburg, diversity includes but is not limited to age, country of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geography, learning differences, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level.