College Internships & Library Practicum

Opportunities

Library Practicum

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

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 students.

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

Recent practicum students say...

“Everyone was excited to have me there and willing to share their knowledge and experiences with me. I felt like I was part of the team.” -Morgan, Fall 2014

“This opportunity allowed me to reflect on how practical library experiences can be guided by theoretical principles learned during graduate study.” -Raemona, Spring 2015

“I appreciated the balance between observation, hands-on work, and research. NPL’s internship program should be commended for being so well-organized and offering opportunities for breadth and depth.” -Lauren, Summer 2015

Responsibilities

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 students in an MLIS or other similar 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; 10-12 hours per week (minimum of 150 hours, with additional hours possible if needed for credit) during weekdays; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Community Development

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

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 long-term, capacity-building projects.  The intern will play a role in developing collaborative and innovative approaches to professional development, teacher training and volunteer management, in support of partner non-profits that rely on part-time staff and volunteers to teach ELL classes.  Projects may include researching and recommending electronic resources; developing a series of podcasts about common teaching challenges; or serving as a catalyst for starting conversations about collaborative approaches to recruiting, training and retaining volunteer teachers.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be students with a background 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 reliable self-starters, with problem-solving abilities, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness.  Bilingual skills, expecially in Spanish or Arabic, are a plus.  Interns must have reliable independent transportation.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, 15-30 hours per week (minimum 150-300 hours); weekday availability, with some evenings and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Gender Studies Archival Researcher

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

Project Description:

The Special Collections division of the Nashville Public Library seeks an intern to assist with research on new projects on gender studies, spanning topics in LGBTQ history and women’s history. A qualified intern will assist staff with researching collections, developing materials, and planning future programming. The project may include assignments such as conducting research in archival collections and evaluating available sources; developing materials for an add-on module for civil-rights training; assisting with the collection of oral histories for a women’s history project commemorating women’s suffrage; and suggesting ideas for future programming based on research.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be students with an enthusiasm for history, gender studies and related subjects, with an interest in working with primary source historical materials. Excellent communications skills and the ability to work well with a diverse team are necessary. Knowledge of women’s or LGBTQ issues and history, and familiarity with gender studies, is desirable. Ideal candidates exhibit creativity, resourcefulness, and the ability to work independently.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-12 hours per week (minimum of 100-150 hours, with additional hours possible if needed or credit); weekday availability required; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Interior Design

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

Project Description:

Nashville Public Library seeks a qualified intern to assist staff with interior design projects ranging from large-scale renovations to smaller repairs. Duties include assisting in making finish selections and creating finish boards; attending construction meetings; visiting library locations to gather information; and assisting in the coordination of move management, relocations, and installation. This is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful and substantial interior design experience from an NCIDQ-certified interior designer in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be advanced students focused on a career in interior design, familiar with the fundamentals of design and with knowledge of AutoCAD. Applicants must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants should be reliable self-starters, with problem-solving abilities, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness. Interns must have reliable independent transportation.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship; 10-12 hours per week (minimum 150 hours, with more possible if necessary for credit); weekday availability required; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Photography

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

Project Description:

The Nashville Public Library Foundation seeks a qualified intern to build photographic resources used in social media, print and website formats, in support of marketing and development efforts. The intern will take photos of library programs and events at varied library locations; will upload, edit and manage the photo catalogue; and will assist with social media postings. There may be additional opportunities for videography. This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen photography skills, with an emphasis on storytelling, within a fast-paced marketing environment.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be students with demonstrated skills in photography. An interest in communications and marketing is desirable, and experience in photographing people and events is a plus. Candidates should be reliable, responsible, self-motivated and able to work independently. Interns must have reliable, independent transportation.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, 8-12 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability required, with some evenings and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Social Media Marketing

Internship Available:

Spring 2019

Project Description:

The Nashville Public Library Foundation seeks an intern to assist with maintaining and developing the Foundation's social media presence. Key responsibilities will include analyzing peer-institutions' social media presence and strategies, interacting with followers on varied social media platforms, and creating effective and engaging posts. The internship may also include opportunities for "instagramming" for special events.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be students focused on communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or related fields.  Applicants must have strong written and oral communicaiton skills, with a working knowledge of popular social media platforms. Experience in photography or videography is a plus. Candidates should have the ability to work independently in a busy work environment.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, 10-15 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability required, with some evening and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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