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Intern Positions Available at the National Building Arts Center

The St. Louis-based National Building Arts Center (NBAC; seeks applications for internships in cataloging, conserving, and sorting its material and library collections.

The NBAC promotes public awareness of the crucial roles of architecture, manufacturing, construction, and urban design in our built environment.

Located in Sauget, IL, the NBAC is a unique, emergent study center housing the nation’s largest and most diverse collection of building artifacts, supported with a research library offering broad holdings in architecture and allied arts. Our collection represents the single largest effort toward understanding the American built environment and the historical process of its creation.

Description of Internship

The intern will perform designated tasks related to specific projects in its collections, enumerated below. The successful applicant will have some coursework completed in library science, museum studies, history, architecture, or architectural history. Willingness to commit to the consistent workflow needed for processing large numbers of items is a must.

The intern will create a schedule with the NBAC based on availability and need, and will receive an assignment for one or two of the projects described below. Internship terms can be one semester, six months or one year. We are flexible about the starting date for internships.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé, along with at least one professional or academic reference.


Interns will perform needed tasks on the following projects:

  • Rehousing the United Railways and St. Louis Transit Company correspondence collection. Consisting of 10-15,000 items from the early 20th century, these letters and replies need to be rehoused in sheet protectors and organized chronologically. Topics cover a broad range of early public transportation and St. Louis city history.
  • Organizing and cataloging paper information files on buildings and building material manufacturing.
  • The NBAC’s large archival collection of pamphlets, correspondence, and ephemera has recently been moved from many separate locations into one bank of file cabinets, and needs relabeling and some reorganization.
  • Scanning slides and negatives, in preparation for including in a large digital database. Experience using scanning software and Photoshop is needed.
  • Cataloging and photographing artifact collections.
  • Building research.


Larry Giles, 618-332-5000



Larry Giles, 618-332-5000

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Larry Giles, 618-332-5000

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