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Internship openings for current grad students in library science. The jobs are posted here:


Students can email me with any questions. 

Elizabeth Martin, PHR

HR Coordinator

Library Human Resources



phone: (215) 898-3226

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3420 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206








Reference & Instructional Services, Special Projects Internship  

Paley Library, University Libraries, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Deadline:  none given - will post until September 30, 2014

This 10-month, paid internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain practical training plus professional experience in the field of research and instructional services.

Duties:   Working up to 20 hours a week, the intern has the opportunity to provide in-person and virtual research services, assist with library instruction, and develop special projects.  These projects are tailored to meet the interests and/or expertise of the intern as well as the needs of the department. Projects completed by previous interns have included: creating online instructional materials (research guides, videos, tutorials, etc.), designing promotional materials (flyers, handouts, displays, etc.) for specific services and/or collections, conducting/assisting orientation/user education sessions, creating collection development policies, conducting reviews of portions of the reference collection, processing reference materials, in addition to compiling and organizing department-related statistics and/or assessment data.

Interns may also participate in departmental and committee meetings, support the outreach and liaison activities of the librarians, and participate in professional development opportunities that occur during the period of the internship.


Interns will receive ongoing support from an assigned librarian mentor and the Head of Reference & Instructional Services, including regular meetings to discuss and reflect on progress.

Requirements:  Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program. Positive attitude and a very strong public services orientation. Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently. Adaptable. Well-organized. Ability to work under pressure. Good workplace computing skills. Effective communication skills.

Preferred Requirements:

Academic background in the humanities or social sciences.

Hours and Pay:  20 hours/week; $15/hour; weekdays, possibly some weekends or weeknights. 

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter via email to:

Richard E Holland, Assistant Director of Libraries,





Digital Library Initiatives, Special Projects Internship

Deadline:  none given will post until September 30, 2014

Paley Library, University Libraries, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

This internship offers pre-professional experience in selecting and preserving websites as part of a digital preservation initiative.

Duties:  Focusing on Temple University websites and other sites that form part of the Urban Archives collection, and working up to 20 hours a week, the intern will harvest websites for long-term preservation using Archive-It.  He or she will learn to think strategically while implementing scope and content limits for large, complex websites containing custom scripts or multimedia content. The intern will also review captured websites for quality assurance and describe those sites with metadata.  In addition, the intern may participate in other projects involving digitization, metadata management, digital preservation and digital object dissemination.

Requirements: Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program.  Interest in digital libraries, digital curation and/or archives.  Ability to demonstrate initiative, work collaboratively and collegially. Effective interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic website editing. Basic familiarity with regular expressions would be a plus.

Hours and Pay:  Position available September 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, $15/hour; the incumbent will be scheduled to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, based on availability and funding,  weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

To apply, e-mail your resume, list of LIS courses taken, and cover letter to:

Richie Holland, Assistant Director of Libraries




The Archives of American Gardens offers internships year-round to students enrolled in graduate programs who wish to gain professional experience in learning about the management of and providing public access to a photographic archive. Currently, we are seeking applicants for a Cataloging and Metadata Internship.  The intern will assist primarily with cataloging series and item level descriptions in the Horizon database system and apply embedded metadata to corresponding digital assets. The intern will also assist with the digitization of archival materials (35mm slides, negatives and photographic prints), write interpretive materials utilizing the collections, assist with social media initiatives, prepare teaching tools for field volunteers engaged in documenting gardens for the Archives, and enter reference requests into an Access database. The intern may have an opportunity to assist with discrete components of the processing, arrangement and housing of collections, and develop parts of inventories and/or finding aids.
To learn more about the Archives of American Gardens internship, visit . 
Applications for internships should be received no later than the dates listed below.
Summer Internships: February 1  
Fall Internships: June 1
Winter/Spring Internships: November 1  
Requirements for applying to the Smithsonian Gardens intern program:
Submit an on-line application
Two letters of recommendation
College transcript(s)
Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project.
Further details on how to apply can be found on our website at .

 Smithsonian Gardens Internship Opportunities
 Deadline:  Ongoing
Smithsonian Gardens provides an exceptionally well-rounded array of experiences in its intern program thanks to the wide diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex.  We accept current and recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students studying horticulture, landscape architecture, museum studies, or other related fields.  Selection is based on both an evaluation of the applicant’s application and available positions.   
Opportunities include:
  • §  Education and Outreach Internship
  • §  Archives of American Gardens' Internship
  • §  Landscape Architecture Internship
  • §  Greenhouse Internship
  • §  Orchid Collection Internship
  • §  Horticulturist Internship (available in summer and fall)
  • §  Tree Collection/ Arborist Internship (available in summer and fall)

Applications for internships should be received no later than the dates listed below.
Summer Internships: February 1
Fall Internships: June 1

Winter/Spring Internships: November 1 
Requirements for applying to the Smithsonian Garden intern program:
Submit an on-line application
Two letters of recommendation
College transcript(s)
Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project.
Further details on how to apply can be found on our website at We’d appreciate if you could forward this information to any students who may be interested an internships with Smithsonian Gardens!    
Office:  600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 3300, Washington, DC 20024
Mailing:  PO BOX 37012, Capital Gallery 3300,  MRC 506, Washington DC 20013-7012

This position will provide the opportunity to see how a small, private, technical research library functions and provide the opportunity to work on research projects in a variety of disciplines.
  • Student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level Library Science program
    • Qualified students should have a minimum 2.75 grade point average to be considered for any position.
    • Introductory level cataloging course or higher
    • Basic computer skills - proficiency with MS Word & Excel
    • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint preferred, but not necessary
       Description / Position responsibilities include:
  • Knowledge Management project involving the creation of a digital workspace for storage of research files
  • Cataloging utilizing Easymarc and DDC
  • Document delivery
  • Serials collection maintenance (check-in, routing, weeding, etc.)
  • Assist librarian with day-to-day operations including reference and research projects
  • Various other duties as needed and time permits
 Approx. 4 month internships available throughout the year (internships begin in August/September, December/January, and May/June)
 Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of Carpenter's pre-employment selection process,
which includes a drug and alcohol screen. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
 Apply at -

 Summer Internship
Deadline: ongoing
Are you interested in designing your own internship and gaining some practical library experience?  Unpaid summer internships are available at Elizabethtown College, where librarians are happy to work with you to create a meaningful internship experience.  For more details, please contact Elizabeth Young (

Summer Internships
Students:  A great way to gain some experience in federal government is by working as a summer intern for a federal agency.  GPO is hiring summer interns in the "STEP", the student temporary employment program.  The real benefit of this program is that after working for 640 hours as a student, you can be offered a full-time slot WITHOUT having to compete with anyone else for the job! 
You can be hired at the 4, 5, 6, or 7 level depending on your qualifications.  Work in Library Services & Content Management would likely be the work assignment.
This is a great opportunity, so consider applying by March 14th.

Library Internship Program
The Department of Justice Libraries offer ongoing unpaid internships to library science graduate students interested in gaining work experience in a federal law library setting.  Practicum opportunities are available for those with an interest in reference, research and web design as well as digitization and technical services.
Sample projects include:
  • Help develop and maintain intranet pages and research guides for the DOJ Virtual Library
  • Create intranet finding aids for un-cataloged library collections such as Attorney General Memoranda or Legislative files.  Create e-legislative histories of statutes enforced by DOJ.
  • Analyze collections (such as reference or subject specific materials) to determine online equivalents, create an access tool, and make purchasing recommendations. 
  • Digitize important paper collections, increasing accessibility to DOJ researchers, including those with disabilities. 
  • Assist in the rollout of a new automated circulation system.
We are looking for motivated, self-starting library school graduate students able to work ten to twenty hours a week.  We will assist a student in obtaining academic credit when possible.
To apply, please email resume and references to Bridget Gilhool, Supervisory Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice:  No calls please. Thank you.
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: on-going
Smithsonian Gardens
Collections Management and Education Internship Opportunities
Smithsonian Gardens (SG) designs, manages, and maintains the gardens and grounds of the many Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., which attract over thirty million visitors each year.   SG's Collections Management and Education branch is responsible for developing educational programs and materials as well as managing the Archives of American Gardens and a collection of garden furnishings and horticultural artifacts.  While SG offers a number of diverse horticulture-based internships that entail regular garden maintenance, the Collections Management and Education branch offers winter internships in the following areas:
is.a.fully.peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of architecture and contemporary culture. Its focus is cross-disciplinary and, in addition to being a platform for publication, it also operates as a resource repository offering up-to-date materials for research. It represents an academic first: the combining of research materials and related academic publications on a single platform.
It is unique in its themes, publication system, hosting of research projects and its conference organisation. It’s run in affiliation with Ravensbourne University, UK and California Institute of the Arts, US.
The internship scheme is offered as:
The SG Education and Outreach
internship fosters experience in horticultural programming and is structured to provide an intern with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the areas of education, outreach, or research.  The intern will have the opportunity to work on one or more of the following projects: develop educational content for use in social media platforms, backpack tours and trunk program based on existing garden themes or special concepts; develop interpretive labels, guided and cell phone tour text for garden exhibitions or living plant displays. The intern will work with horticulture records and resources under the guidance of the SG Collections Management and Education staff to develop these materials

The Archives of American Gardens (AAG)  is a growing photographic archives that documents American garden design and landscape history from the 19th century to the present day. The AAG internship fosters experience in the following areas: collections registration, cataloging and description, research, development of finding aids, inventory, and digitization.
Projects focus on cataloging images by describing their content according to recognized data standards, assisting with basic reference duties, image digitization, computer automation of collection records, and developing outreach materials including blogs and text for web pages. This experience will help interns learn the practices necessary to prepare archival collections for curators, staff, and outside researchers.
Requirements:  Collections and education applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and have completed coursework or be currently enrolled in courses in archival science, library science, museum studies or museum education, history, horticulture education or other related field. 
Applicants must have excellent organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills, special attention to detail, and strong computer skills. An interest in horticulture or garden history is highly desired. 
Internship Details
? Open to all current undergraduate and graduate students who study archival science or museum education or a related discipline and wish to further their knowledge through practical hands-on work experience 
Paid and unpaid internships available
 Ten to sixteen week long internships 40 hours per week
 Opportunities to complete special projects that may relate to the intern's special area of interest
To learn more about Smithsonian Gardens' internship program go online to
Application Deadline:  June 1 (fall semester), November 1 (winter semester) or February 1 (summer semester).

Application Requirements: Application (online through SOLAA), two letters of recommendation, college transcript(s), and essay describing background and career goals. Completed application materials can be submitted on-line or mailed to:
Smithsonian Institution Gardens
Collections Management & Education Internship
P.O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506
Washington, DC 20013-7012

or by Fed Ex or UPS to:

Smithsonian Institution Gardens
Collections Management & Education Internship
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 3300
Washington, DC 20024

The Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG) is the local archives association in the Philadelphia area.  We recently developed a page designed to match graduate students studying archives with area repositories willing to host an unpaid internship.  Interested students are advised to contact the repository directly, not DVAG.  We are acting as a middleman, so to speak, and hope to add to this page as more repositories become interested in participating.
This page is designed to facilitate the matching of graduate students interested in careers in Archives with repositories willing to host an unpaid internship or practicum.  If you work for a DVAG-area repository that is interested in having contact information posted on our website for such a purpose, please contact for more information

The Garfield-Taylor Internship at Temple University Health Sciences Libraries
This year-long experience will provide both pre-professional training at a new state-of-the-art biomedical information center and an appreciation of the historical significance of the region with regard to bioscience information resource development.
Working up to 20 hrs/week, the individual will:
  • Participate in the day-to-day operations of the health sciences library with duties in public services and/or technical services departments;
  • Work under an experienced mentor who will guide the fellow and support them in their area of interest;
  • Develop and manage a special year-long project, designed to best match the interest and skills of the fellow with the needs of the library - sample project ideas: developing assessment strategies for the information literacy program; collection development in a time of transition from print to electronic delivery; accessing health information using mobile technologies;
  • Participate in informal meetings with health sciences school faculty to inform a richer understanding of the information needs of clinicians, scientists, and researchers;
  • Visit other health sciences libraries in the Philadelphia area, such as: the Penn Biomedical Library, the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University, the Drexel/Hahnemann Medical Library;
  • Visit other relevant Philadelphia-area locations, including the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (founded in 1787, the oldest professional medical organization in the country) and Rittenhouse Book distributers. 

           Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program. Positive attitude and strong service orientation. Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently. Adaptable. Well-organized. Ability to work under pressure. Good workplace computing skills. Effective communication skills. Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in health sciences librarianship.
Hours and Pay:
20 hours/week; $15/hour; weekdays.
To apply, send resume and cover letter via email to:
Royce Sargeant, Assistant Director for Administrative Services --
About the Internship:
The Garfield-Taylor Internship, named after Eugene Garfield, founder of ISI, and Mark-Allen Taylor, long-time director of the Temple University Health Sciences Libraries, is an opportunity to work and learn in a stimulating academic health sciences information environment. Garfield and Taylor are two people drawn to information discovery, teaching, learning, and creative inquiry - and the Internship was the natural outgrowth of their mutual respect and friendship. Taking inspiration from the well-regarded MLA Cunningham Fellowship, the Garfield-Taylor Internship will provide training and work experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing a career in health sciences librarianship. The Philadelphia area is replete with academic health sciences libraries, health system knowledge management centers, and for-profit bioscience information vendors, providing a rich training ground for new health sciences librarians. The area is home to Dr. Eugene Garfield, a pioneer in bioscience information, who founded the Institute for Scientific Information in 1960 and developed internationally recognized citation and information discovery tools, including Current Contents and Science Citation Index
. The newly opened Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, where Mr. Taylor was most recently its director, combines the best of a digital information hub, a personalized online library service center with expert subject specialists, and an engaging
interactive learning environment.

Public Library Internships Available
Worcester County Library is a medium-sized public library system serving Maryland's southeastern-most county.  The county population is approximately 50,000.  There are five branch libraries throughout the County, each with its own unique character and demographic. 
We are looking for library and information science students who wish to supplement their studies with some real-world experience.  We have openings in public service for students who can commit to 20-25 hours per week for three to six weeks.  Placement may be at any branch and may include assignments at more than one branch. 
Following orientation, you will be assigned to an experienced branch manager or assistant manager.  Students who possess a positive attitude combined with good communication skills will be assigned to work at a circulation desk in different library locations.  Other assignments may include reference and information service, computer assistance and instruction, video production and collection development.  You will have regular conversation with the director and assistant director.
At the present time we cannot offer a stipend but we are prepared to document your work experience in sufficient detail that it can be used as a component of your resume.  And we believe that the experience you will gain will be a valuable enhancement of your under­standing of librarianship and of your job skills.
To apply, send a letter of interest including a recommendation from your academic advisor, and dates when you will be available to:
Internship Program
Worcester County Library
307 North Washington Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
Or, by email to:

We are happy to announce a new Smithsonian Libraries  internship program - the first paid internship program ever at the Libraries!  Two paid internships will be awarded each year, beginning with summer 2010, and are designed for current graduate students interested in working in research and/or museum libraries.  Interns will complete projects in technical services, special collections, digital projects and research, reference and reader services.  Take a look at our website to find further information:  Help us spread the word for this great opportunity!  Feel free to forward this message to colleagues, students and friends. And also, please encourage applications for our unpaid internship program, too!     Smithsonian Institution Libraries:  Connecting. Ideas. Information. You.   Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director MRC 154, P.O.Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Voice: 202-633-2240 Fax: 202-786-2866

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program provides students with internships across the country-from Seattle to Atlanta to Washington, DC and more locations-for students from all academic backgrounds.  We are currently searching for more applicants from library and information sciences for internships with the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress.  Please note that students do not have to be Latino to apply or participate in our program.
Students are paid $450 to $550 per week minimum, depending on class level, plus provided with airfare and housing arrangements.  This summer the program runs June 4 through August 14 or June 21 through August 28. 
I have included just a small sample of internships we have offered students in LIS.  Students should submit their resumes to me at
Thank you!
Sandra Ramirez
Assistant Director, Recruitment
HACU National Internship Program
Western Regional Office
915 L Street, Suite 1425
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-442-0392 (p)
916-446-4028 (f)
HNIP Headquarters
National Center for Higher Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
202-467-0893 (p)
202-496-9177 (f)