Internships for Graduate Students in Library and Information Science

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in accredited graduate program in library and information science
  • Seeking unpaid internship or field experience in an academic library

To Apply:

Please review the Library's web site at http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/ and send an introductory letter or email to Robin Wagner, Library Director, that includes:

  • Your graduate program's course requirements
  • Your internship goals
  • Proposed schedule of dates and hours desired
  • Statement of interest and description of pertinent experience

The following is a list of established internships/field placement opportunities at Musselman Library. Please indicate if one of these internships is of interest.

Sample Internships:

Music

Goal: to gain practical experience working with music resources in an academic library.

Supervisor: Amy Ward (award@gettysburg.edu, 717-337-7036), Director of Technical Services and Music Liaison

Prerequisites: None

Dates available: Summer break

Internship activities:

  • The intern will become familiar with issues relating to music librarianship, and the types of music materials held by Musselman Library.
  • The intern may assist with collection development and evaluation of scores, sound recordings and books about music, digital projects, cataloging, exhibits, and/or outreach.

Research & Instruction

Goal: To become familiar with the organization and operations of a Research & Instruction Department of an academic library.

Prerequisites:

  • Prospective interns must have taken one of more reference courses.
  • Due to space constraints and our desire to provide a meaningful mentorship for interns, we are unable to accommodate more than one intern each year.  

Supervisor: Kerri Odess-Harnish (kodessha@gettysburg.edu), 717-337-7018, Director of Research & Instruction

Dates available: Gettysburg College's fall or spring semester.  Prospective interns must be available the week prior to start of fall/spring semester for a training session of approximately fifteen hours in length. Weekday hours required, but some evening hours are possible on Mondays through Thursdays.

Internship activities:

  • The intern will staff the Research Help Desk and assist students and other researchers in using the collections.
  • The intern will participate in collection development of the Reference Collection.
  • The Intern may work with various librarian liaisons to support various academic departments.
  • The intern may participate in our information literacy instruction program by:
    • preparing supportive course materials
    • co-teaching a class as schedules permit
    • assessment of student learning
    • collecting and analyzing statistics taken in support of the instruction program
  • The intern may create and/or  maintain materials on our website.
  • The intern may assist with special events, including marketing and administrative support. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Collections & Archives

Goal: To become familiar with the organization and operations of a Special Collections Department and Archives of an academic library.

Supervisor: Carolyn Sautter (csautter@gettysburg.edu, 717-337-7002), Director of Special Collections and College Archives

Dates available: Spring semester

Internship activities:

  • The Intern will learn archival theory and practice, and become familiar with rare books, manuscripts, photograph and memorabilia collections.  In addition the intern will become familiar basic preservation of rare materials.
  • The intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival and personal papers collections and the creation of finding aids.
  • The intern may assist with researching and mounting exhibits.
  • The intern may staff the reading room desk and assist students and other researchers in using the collections.
  • The intern may assist with digital projects or initiatives.

Technical Services

Goal: to gain practical experience and become familiar with one or more units related to Technical Services as it supports an academic library.

Supervisor: Amy Ward (award@gettysburg.edu, 717-337-7036), Director of Technical Services

Prerequisites: None

Dates available: Gettysburg College’s Spring Semester and/or Summer break.  Weekday hours required.

Internship activities:

  • The intern will become familiar with broad concepts and processes related Acquisitions, Cataloging, Electronic Resources and Serials, and Collection Development.
  • The intern may assist with collection development and evaluation Musselman Library resources in physical and/or electronic format.
  • The intern may assist with cataloging of Musselman Library resources in physical and/or electronic format situated in the main campus building and/or offsite storage facility.
  • The intern may assist with electronic resource management projects.
  • The intern may assist with projects pertaining to methods of acquiring and evaluating new resources.