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.
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.
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Nashville Public Library seeks an intern interested in issues of sustainability, local food production, or nutrition to assist with its Seed Exchange program. The Seed Exchange is a service of NPL that provides local gardeners with free access to seeds, and supports their efforts through workshops and other resources. Responsibilities will include coordinating the purchase, packaging and distribution of seeds among participating library locations; assisting with planning, scheduling and promoting programs offered in collaboration with master Gardeners and other community organizations; helping manage a budget and purchase supplies; creating a monthly newsletter; and compiling data and tracking outcomes. Based at the Bellevue Branch Library, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the elements of community-based programming within a library environment.
Applicants should be college students with interests in community development, non-profit progamming, sustainability or related issues. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates are reliable self-starters, with problem-solving abilities, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness. Interns must have reliable independent transportation.
Unpaid, part-time internship, 8-12 hours per week (minimum of 100-150 hours); weekday availability required; otherwise flexible scheduling.Apply