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HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)

Knowledge Center / Library

8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 500

Landover, MD 20785

Tel. (800) 444-6472

Email: KnowledgeCenter@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

Contact: Faye Williams, Knowledge Center Manager

Internship schedule: June through August 2021

Virtual and/or Onsite (two positions)

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center Internship Program

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of the importance of achieving health equity for all, with a distinct focus on reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. During the internship term, students will achieve professional development and growth through experiences such as supporting the facilitation of projects, special assignments, and research on topics that focus on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations.


Established in 1986, the mission of the HHS Office of Minority Health is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.  It advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.  The library is contracted to serve the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health staff members as well as public patrons, providing access to information resources specifically related to minority health and health disparities within the United States.

The OMHRC Knowledge Center contains a non-circulating collection of 12,600 documents, reports, books, journals, media, and more than 55,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. The database includes 2,000 records for organizations providing services and resources related to minority health. The Knowledge Center is staffed by four full time librarians/library assistants, and works within the Resource Center which has a staff of 17.

The library collection also includes sources of consumer health material in more than 40 languages. The collection is non-circulating. Knowledge Center staff respond to reference inquiries via email and its national toll-free number.

Internship Description and Specific Tasks

This Internship / Field Study will provide an masters in library science student with experience in special librarianship in some of the following areas: cataloging, indexing, learning reference resources, website development, and database management. One goal of the internship program is to contribute to the development of a broad, diverse workforce for the library professions. The student should expect to be trained and assigned to some of the following tasks, depending on coursework requirements:

·        Edit and update existing library catalog records to coordinate with an Integrated Library System, using GeniePlus/Lucidea software

·        Edit and update broken links in the online public access catalog

·        Perform some original cataloging for article and organizational records entered into the database

·        Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat software and practices associated with document digitization and reformatting

·        Use spreadsheets to track titles of digitized items and associated processes

·        Assist in an inventory of the journal article reprint collection to identify candidates for electronic storage; link article records to PubMed content; locate and pull related reprints from the physical files while onsite.

·        Participate in staff training, user education and Federal office outreach events

Skills and Knowledge Required for the Position

The student must currently be enrolled in an accredited Masters in Library Science or Masters in Information Studies degree program, and have an interest in special libraries, public health, or health disparities issues. Additionally, the student should be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational, communication, and Internet skills. The ability to work independently is required. One position will be working remotely; a second position will work onsite, in Landover, Maryland. The candidate should have some experience in using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint.

Opportunities for the Student

The student will be trained in the use of GeniePlus/Lucidea integrated library software and will learn the specialized cataloging procedures developed by the OMHRC Knowledge Center.  The student also will be exposed to the wide variety of technical literature and reference resources related to public health, health disparities, technical assistance, and health promotion.  The student will learn to use databases such as OVID, ProjectMuse, PsycArticles, Internet Archive, OpenAthens, and PubMed.  The student will have an opportunity to work with a diverse, international, multilingual staff.  Work hours are flexible and can be negotiated to meet graduate school course requirements. General office hours are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday-Friday. Total hours are negotiable.

Special Stipulations

Unpaid position. Position can be virtual or onsite. Students will not receive any wages for work completed.  Work products will become the property of the site library and government agency, but may be presented for course credits.  The student will be expected to comply with basic standards of business behavior, confidentiality and dress codes, as defined in the contracting company employee handbook.  The OMHRC service contract is currently managed by AMTIS Inc./Blackfish Federal.  The student and library staff will be accountable to that company management during the project.  The student must obtain a signed agreement from their educational institution to complete this practicum/field study segment under the auspices of their university. The Knowledge Center Manager will coordinate the completion of any required program evaluation reports in support of the academic program.

To apply for this job email your details to knowledgecenter@minorityhealth.hhs.gov