Are you a graduate student? Do you love libraries? Are you interested in learning new skills and being part of a great team? If you said yes then you may be just who we’re looking for!
This summer we’re excited to introduce a completely redesigned graduate internship program offered at the Penn Libraries. This year-long program begins on June 1 and will bring together 10 interns whose work will focus in on 8 distinct specializations:
- 3D Printing
- Digital Media and Design
- Emerging and Assistive Technologies
- First-Year Student Experiences
- Fine Arts
- Museum Special Collections
- Scholarly Communications
Interns from multiple departments in the Teaching, Research, and Learning directorate, including WIC and the EC, will come together as one cohort under a unified internship program. We believe that this will create a better, more comprehensive educational experience for all of our interns but also provide them with a sense of community among a group of peers that can enhance the internship experience.
All interns will spend one-third of their time serving as the front line on the Van Pelt Library Information Desk. The other two-thirds of their time will be devoted to tasks and projects dedicated to their specializations. Throughout the year, they’ll also be given opportunities to meet other librarians and library staff so they can learn more about the diverse range of knowledge and skills that are employed in the library.
We’re looking forward to giving our interns a full and well-rounded experience of the library while providing them with a chance to build upon their strengths and interests. Creating opportunities for them to collaborate more closely with library staff, work on projects that align to their future goals, and potentially discover new avenues for their career is an exciting prospect for us.
Please don’t hesitate to apply if you do not fit the mold of a traditional library student! With so many different intern positions, there are options available for both library school students and individuals pursuing other graduate programs.