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Metadata Internship at Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

General description:

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) offers internships at its International Office in New York City. RILM publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (along with a suite of other resources), which is widely recognized as the world’s premiere abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines. RILM was established in 1966 and operates under the joint sponsorship of the of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); the International Musicological Society (IMS), and the International Society for Popular Music (IASPM). 

Internships at RILM offer unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of our operation, while contributing extensively to our distribution of the world’ s writings on music. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the institution and complement the intern’s own interests, skills, and experience.

Interns at RILM have gone on to enjoy successful careers as music librarians, professors, and other careers. Beyond the academy, an internship at RILM provides valuable and practical technological and research skills that are transferable across a wide range of sought-after jobs.

Intern duties:

  • Locate descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities (persons, organizations, works, geographical locations, etc.)
  • Add descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities
  • Differentiate authorities where needed
  • Add links to searchable variants
  • Validate entities based on established authorities

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of the functions of descriptive metadata (validation, finding, linking)
  • Understanding of RILM’s authority structure and the role of descriptive metadata therein
  • Demonstrate judgment in the choice and application of metadata for authorities
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate as a member of the metadata team


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program related to Information and/or Library Science
  • Specialization and/or focus in metadata, library systems, digital libraries, digital collections, or digital curation
  • Experience with Excel, databases, and/or MARC
  • Enthusiasm for library and digital repository metadata
  • Interest in music

Time commitment:

Dates and times are flexible and can be structured according to the intern’s needs, but should cover a period of a minimum of 150 hours. 

All RILM internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college. 

How to apply:

Please provide the following: 

  • A letter of interest
  • A current resume 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, or recent employers

Candidates will be asked to interview, either in person or over the Zoom, for their desired position.

Application materials may be submitted to:

Joseph Orchard
RILM International Center
365 Fifth Ave., Suite 3108
New York, NY 10016-4309
Phone: 212-817-1992

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