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Metro Archives, NAGARA Intern

Project Description

Internship duties would focus primarily on digitization and data entry for selected files from the Davidson County Tax Assessor, Property Appraisal File Cards, 1960-2007. These files contain photographs, sketches, correspondence, appraisal notes, and ownership/business information. This record group represents a unique comprehensive look at the Metro Nashville/Davidson County area and the functions of its government.

Additionally, the intern would learn about/assist in other aspects of managing a large records collection including creating a finding aid, developing a processing strategy, and managing relationships between multiple archival collections. This position would provide an ideal opportunity for young/future archival professionals to learn about government archiving work, processing a large collection, digitization/preservation, and the potential current/future impacts of archives.

The intern will also produce an article regarding their project for the NAGARA quarterly review and have the opportunity to create something similar for Metro Archives.


Applicants should be college or graduate students (including recent graduates) with an interest in archival processing and data collections, government administration, history, and/or urban development. Applicants should have the ability to work independently, with accuracy and attention to detail, as well as basic digital literacy. Knowledge of Excel, digital imaging, and basic document preservation skills are desirable – however, skills can be taught during the internship. Additionally, an interest in working in the government sector and knowledge of basic archival principles history, Public History, Archival Studies, Records Management, Information Sciences is preferred but not required.

Position Type

Paid Project by NAGARA. Internship to be conducted in-person, during weekdays (12-30 hours/week); otherwise, flexible scheduling based on selected candidate’s schedule; Internship will be concluded by August 2024