CBS Corporation 2019 Spring Intern-Smithsonian Channel (DC) Library & Archives in Washington, District Of Columbia

2019 Spring Intern-Smithsonian Channel (DC) Library & Archives

REF#: 32905

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Smithsonian Networks

JOB TYPE: Paid Intern


JOB LOCATION: Washington, DC


Smithsonian Channel is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. Our awe-inspiring programs, powerful documentaries and entertaining factual stories shine new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, travel and pop culture. From legacy series such as Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses and Air Disasters to recent hits like America in Color, The Lost Tapes and The Coronation, our award-winning programming is available across multiple platforms in HD and 4K Ultra HD. The Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, with more international launches to come in 2019. We currently have offices in New York City and Washington, DC.


Intern will gain experience with various task of a production-based media library & archives, including cataloging, processing digital media files, and conducting research for original productions and special projects. Intern will work closely with Library & Archives staff and obtain hands-on experience with numerous digital media formats and an in-house database.

Major projects may include:

  • Cataloging

  • Processing (arrangement and description) of camera original digital video files

  • Organization of supporting documents

  • Footage or factual research for in-house production

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Catalog raw footage, edited programs, and/or other media assets in a Collective Access database using a PBCore-derived metadata schema

  • arrange and describe camera original digital video files, following Smithsonian Channel's processing guidelines and policies

  • Organize supporting documents (mostly PDF and Microsoft Office files) for broadcast programs according to office policies.

  • Conduct Archival footage research and/or factual research for in-house productions using in-house and external databases

  • Assist in updating department documents, such as the Cataloging Guide and Processing Guide, as needed

  • Attend weekly department meeting, as schedule allows.



To qualify, you must be a current undergraduate or graduate student (rising junior or senior) with the following:

  • Strong interest in Cable/Entertainment industry

  • 2.50 GPA or above

  • Submission of a cover letter - required

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Proficient in MacOS

  • Familiarity with video production a plus

  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Ability to work at least 21 hours/week from August to December 2018

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to work and prioritize work assignments

  • Able to provide administrative support as needed


  • Cable television experience a plus

  • Active participation in extracurricular activities; clubs; and/or associations. Leadership positions while maintaining an above-average GPA, a plus

  • Prior internship experience in a related field, a plus

  • Prefer graduate-level coursework in Library/Information Sciences

  • Must be proficient with Mac OS

  • Familiarity with video production a plus


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