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The BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION INTERN will work approximately 12 hours per week during the fall semester. Hours will be scheduled Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.

Employment as an intern is on a semester by semester basis. Continued employment is contingent on funding and performance. This internship is not currently available for course credit.

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Under the supervision of the Interim Head of Special Collections and University Archives , the BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION INTERN will continue the processing of approximately 750 loose botanical drawings in the Bellamy Parks Jansen Collection. Tasks will include (1) matching genus/species identification labels with the botanical drawings; (2) creating basic metadata for each drawing; and (3) performing the scanning of the drawings for later presentation in CONTENTdm. The intern would be responsible for systematically providing batches of drawings to be scanned and performing quality control checks on the scanning.

Required Qualifications:

  • An OSU student enrolled at least part-time (6 hours undergraduate/ 4 hours graduate).
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and ability to work on PC
  • Must be able to perform repetitive work accurately with attention to detail. Ability to work productively in a team environment with minimal supervision

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin Jan. 16, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants must submit:

  • an application
  • a letter of interest addressing how your skills and background are applicable
  • resume

For additional information, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 744-6322.

More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Botany (preferred)
  • Horticulture

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will gain valuable experience working with botanical drawings in an archival collection
  • The student will become more familiar with the identifications of botanical specimens
  • The student will increase their knowledge of and familiarity with botanical resources and classification system.

Benefits to the Library:

  • The library will have a collection of botanical drawings each identified and searchable by their scientific names
  • The library will have appropriate and accurate metadata associated with this collection
  • The library will eventually be able to provide online access to this collection.

Additional notes:

  • This intern will report to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives

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