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Internships at the RISM Central Office

The RISM Central Office in Frankfurt offers internships in its editorial department to people interested in experiencing the day-to-day work of a major digital bibliographic and musicological project.

Internships are organized based on the interests and schedules of the intern. Internships should last at least 3 weeks, though other arrangements can be considered. At the end of the internship, a short report is required that we will publish on the RISM website.

We can work with the requirements of an educational institution if an internship is to be completed for academic course credit. RISM can support ERASMUS placements. Unfortunately, RISM cannot offer any monetary compensation.

Knowledge of German is helpful but not required.

Editorial Internships

Editorial interns will get a taste of the full range of editorial activities that RISM engages in: database development and maintenance, authority files, library sigla, secondary literature, cataloging, reference work, outreach, and training.


  • Experience with historical musical sources
  • Major in music or strong background in music
  • Plans to pursue a career or advanced studies in librarianship or musicology
  • Familiarity with databases and searching
  • Ability to work independently


Application procedure

Interns are accepted on an ongoing basis. About 3 or 4 interns can be accommodated per year. Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your interests and relevant skills to Dr. Martina Falletta,  martina.falletta@rism.info.

Past interns


Julius Rüttger (Germany)

Karin Weißert (Germany) Report


Carmen Álvarez (Spain). Blog entries: Welcome, Carmen Álvarez!Johann Walter, Ecuador, Hilario Olazarán, Instrument of the Year 2019: SaxophoneArticles about Spanish printed music in the 16th century.


Andrea Ickstadt (Germany)

Charlotte Köhler (Germany)

Ulrike Schädel (Germany). Report: A RISM Internship: A Report from the Central Office in Frankfurt


Vivian Tompkins (USA): Report: A Musicological Summer in Frankfurt


Anne-Marie Wurster (Germany).  Report: Music, musicology, libraries: An intern's report


Martin Bierwisch (Germany). Report: A Summer of Musical Sources

Marc-André Leysaht (Germany)


Adrian Alban (Germany)


Marina Warlow (Germany)

A Summer of Musical Sources

A Summer of Musical Sources

A Summer of Musical Sources

A Summer of Musical Sources

Martin Bierwisch,

Martin Bierwisch,