The Division of Preservation and Access supports projects that preserve and create intellectual access to resources important to scholarship, education, and lifelong learning in the humanities. In accordance with that mission, the division provides leadership and offers support to institutions and organizations attempting to address the problems posed by the physical deterioration of humanities collections in America's libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations. At risk are the resources that constitute a significant portion of the nation's cultural legacy and that are crucial to all areas and disciplines of the humanities. Funded projects may encompass preserving and increasing access to collections of books, journals, newspapers, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, and objects of material culture. The division also makes grants for the creation of major reference works—dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, and humanities databases. Finally, the division supports education and training projects for staffs of cultural repositories and research and development projects designed to develop standards and improve procedures related to the preservation and access of humanities materials.
As one of the core programs of NEH, the Division of Preservation and Access offers interns the opportunity to become directly involved in the important work of preserving and creating access to the nation's cultural heritage. We will provide a challenging environment where interns can learn about current developments in preservation and access, including the increasing role of information technology plays in both. Interns will be assigned specific projects designed to make the best use of their skills, talents, and interests and that will result in a productive learning experience. Projects may involve: research and writing reports on emerging trends in digital humanities; creating databases and other tools for disseminating information about grant programs; and conducting user studies or surveys of grant recipients.