Fortenbaugh Reference Internship

The search for the Spring 2015 Fortenbaugh Intern in Reference & Instruction will open in early November 2014.

The Reference & Instruction Department of Musselman Library invites Gettysburg College students to submit applications for the spring semester Robert '44 and Esther Kenyon Fortenbaugh '46 Internship in Reference & Instruction. The internship is open to students in any major and offers an opportunity to learn firsthand about reference librarianship. Students considering a career in librarianship or information science are encouraged to apply. If you love information and helping people find exactly what they need, this could be the internship for you!

The Reference & Instruction Department participates in a range of activities and services. We are available for research consultation with students and other patrons at the Reference Desk. We work with faculty members to design and deliver custom information literacy instruction sessions. We manage the print and online reference collections, including selection of materials. We maintain the library’s website and develop webpages to assist with research. We also coordinate various outreach programs for the library.

The Fortenbaugh Reference Intern will work 6-8 hours per week while classes are in session. The internship carries a stipend of $8.50 per hour (6-8 hours/week, 14 weeks). After a training period, the intern will work 4-6 hours per week at the Reference Desk and participate in collection management activities. In addition, other projects will be assigned based on the interests of the intern and the current needs of the department. For example, the intern might design a special program for students (ex: finals study break night), help librarians prepare information literacy instruction sessions for specific courses, assist with a library exhibit, or develop a specific subject area of the reference collection.

To apply, submit a letter indicating your interest in the position, your education and/or career goals, any relevant courses, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references (references should be faculty members who can tell us about you and your work in the classroom, and/or your supervisor in a campus job or other relevant job). Please be specific about why you would like to be an intern in the Reference & Instruction department. Students expressing an interest in a career in librarianship will be given priority. Application materials must be received by Monday, November 11, 2013 to be considered. Send application materials to Clinton Baugess, Reference & Instruction Librarian, via email to

Have questions? We'd love to chat with you about the internship! Drop by the office (room 102, main floor, Musselman Library) or email Clinton Baugess at

Want to know what our internships are really like? Read Blogging the Library, a blog by our recent library interns.