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College Internships & Library Practicum

Library internships are designed for college students and are appropriate for many disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, arts, and business. Thoughtfully constructed projects are supervised by library staff who mentor and guide students. Time commitment is usually 100-150 hours during a semester (10-15 hours per week). Available internships change each term.

The Library Practicum is designed for MLIS/MIS graduate students preparing for library careers. It offers both breadth and depth of experience through a carefully structured sequence of assignments in different Nashville Public Library divisions and branches, followed by an extended assignment in an area of professional interest. The practicum is normally a 150 hour commitment within a semester (10-15 hours per week).

During the summer, the Library participates in the Opportunity Now initiative of the Mayor’s Office. Opportunity Now provides opportunities and internships for youth ages 14-18. High school students seeking summer internships should check http://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Opportunity-Now.aspx for more information.

Application Process

Apply online using the form linked at the end of each position description. You may indicate interest in more than one position on the form. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a telephone interview and may be asked to submit additional materials. Applications undergo a thorough review and students will be notified of their status.

The Library offers internships and library practica for spring, summer and fall terms. Position descriptions, requirements, and qualifications are posted for individual positions as they become available, up to one year in advance.

Internship and practica are open until filled. Placement is competitive and not guaranteed. We are not able to accommodate late requests or applications.

Opportunities

Internship Available:
Spring 2022
Project Description:

The Adult Literacy team in Nashville Public Library's award-winning "Bringing Books to Life" outreach program is seeking an event planning intern to assist with professional development conferences and events. The intern will provide support for the March 2022 Adult Educator of the Year award and associated educational events for the Nashville Adult Literacy community. The intern will assist with longer-term planning and event design for a fall professional development conference, and other professional development opportunities, as needed. This is an excellent opportunity to gain project management and event planning skills, in support of educational and professional development initiatives for adult literacy educators.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with an interest in education, community development, communications or foreign languages, with an enthusiasm and dedication to serving others. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a diverse team and in a diverse community. Ideal candidates are well-organized self-starters, with strong digital literacy skills and the ability to learn new technology. Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish or Arabic, are a plus. Applicants who have been directly impacted by adult education and literacy programs are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, to be conducted and supervised primarily remotely, with some in-person meetings or assignments possible, 8-12 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability required, with some evenings and weekends possible. Availability for March conference event is necessary, otherwise flexible scheduling.

Internship Available:
Spring 2022
Project Description:

The Metropolitan Archives in the Nashville Public Library seeks an intern to assist with archival processing of its collections. Duties include inventorying, arranging, describing and creating finding aids for specific collections, to increase access to the public and researchers.  Among the records to be processed are the Nashville Housing Authority Records and the records of the Board of Parks and Recreation.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with an enthusiasm for history, political science or related subjects, and in interest in archival processing and data collections. Applicants should have the ability to work independently, with accuracy and attention to detail. Knowledge of Excel, digital imaging and basic document preservation skills is desirable.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship to be conducted in-person; 8-12 hours per week (minimum of 100-150 hours) during weekdays, with additional hours possible if needed for credit; otherwise flexible scheduling.

Internship Available:
Spring 2022
Project Description:

Adult Literacy is a dynamic facet of the Nashville Public Library's award-winning "Bringing Books to Life" outreach program, and the Library is seeking a qualified intern to assist Adult Literacy staff with new projects, in an internship that will be conducted and supervised primarily in-person. The intern will play a role in developing collaborative and innovative approaches to teacher training and volunteer management in the field of adult education. Potential projects include conducting research, improving accessibility of learner resources, and supporting the adult literacy team with virtual programming and events.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with a background in education, community development, communications or foreign languages, with an enthusiasm and dedication to serving others. Applicants must have excellent communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a diverse team and in a diverse community. Ideal candidates are reliable self-starters, with problem-solving abilities, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness. Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish or Arabic, are a plus. Applicants who have been directly impacted by adult literacy education and literacy programs are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, to be conducted and supervised primarily in-person, with some remote assignments possible, 8-12 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability required, with some evenings and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.

Internship Available:
Spring 2022
Project Description:

The Thompson Lane Branch of the Nashville Public Library is seeking a qualified intern to assist with community and demographic research, in an internship that will be conducted and supervised primarily remotely, with some in-person assignments as needed. The intern will use the “Data Axle” database and other resources to research community and business organizations in the Thompson Lane neighborhood. The intern will compile information into a report, and under supervision of the branch manager, facilitate community outreach about library services, based on findings.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with a background in social sciences, humanities, education, or community development, with an enthusiasm and dedication to serving others. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a diverse team and in a diverse community. Applicants should have experience conducting research, writing papers, and making presentations, and be capable of accuracy and attention to detail. Ideal candidates are reliable self-starters, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, to be conducted and supervised primarily remotely, with some in-person assignments possible; 8-12 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability required, otherwise flexible scheduling.

Internship Available:
Spring 2022
Project Description:

Nashville Public Library’s practicum offers both breadth and depth of experience through a carefully structured sequence of assignments in different divisions and branches of the Library system, followed by an extended assignment in an area of professional interest. Within the established guidelines, efforts are made to accommodate academic requirements, previous experience, professional goals, and a variety of work or school schedules, so that the practicum is tailored to the needs of individual library sciences graduate students.

Practicum students with different professional backgrounds and levels of experience gain insight into many dimensions of public library service.

Practicum students agree to a schedule of assignments created by Volunteer Services, but division or branch managers are responsible for specific assignments at each location and designate appropriate levels of staff supervision. Students may shadow staff or may be assigned independent responsibilities, including circulation, reference, collections management, programming, patron services, and staff support. 

Qualifications:

Applicants should be currently enrolled graduate students in an MLIS or other similar master's program of library studies or information sciences. Preference may be given to applicants who have previous experience volunteering and/or working in libraries. Applicants must have reliability, commitment and enthusiasm for learning; they must have the ability to work well with a diverse team in varied locations and with diverse patrons; excellent communication skills; and the ability to work independently. A clearly defined area of professional interest is desirable. 

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, to be conducted in-person, usually pursued for credit; 10-15 hours per week (minimum of 150); some weekday hours desirable, otherwise flexible scheduling.