College Internships & Library Practicum

Opportunities

Library Practicum

Internship Available:

Fall 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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"Read to Rise" Outreach at Green Hills Library

Internship Available:

Fall 2019

Project Description:

Nashville Public Library seeks a qualified intern to assist staff with "Read to Rise," a new city-wide literacy initiative for young children, their families and care-givers. Responsibilities include identifying and contacting community organizations to provide information and distribute materials, and to attend outreach events as needed. This is a good opportunity to learn about community outreach in a library environment. Based at the Green Hills Library, this internship also serves as an introduction to library services in a branch setting.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with a background in education, early childhood development, social work, community development or related fields. Applicants should have an enthrusiasm for serivng children and their families. Applicants must have strong communication skills, and the ability to work well with a diverse team in a diverse community. Experience working or volunteering with children is a plus. Interns must also have reliable independent transportation.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, 8-10 hours per week (minimum 100 hour); weekday availability required, with some evenings and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Archival Processing

Internship Available:

Summer 2019

Project Description:

The Special Collections division of the Nashville Public Library seeks an intern to assist with archival processing of its collections. Responsibilities may include basic document preservation activities; organizing, arranging and describing materials in a variety of formats; and creation of formal finding aids and inventories, or other resources, to enable researchers access to collections in subject areas related to Nashville history.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with an enthusiasm for history and related subjects and an interest in working with primary source materials. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, including strong writing skills, and the ability to work independently and follow directions, with high accuracy and strong attention to detail.  Research experience with manuscript, archival or book repositories is helpful.

Position Type:

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

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Archives Project

Internship Available:

Fall 2019

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 a specific collection (or collections), to increase access to the public and researchers.  Collections to be processed include the Council of Community Services, an organization involved in the coordination of social services in Davidson County; the Michael Emrick collection, focused on the history of the Germantown meighborhood; and records of the Tennessee State Fair.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with an enthusiasm for history, political science or related subjects, and an 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 preservations skills is desirable.

Position Type:

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

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Community Development

Internship Available:

Summer 2019, Fall 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 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 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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Family Literacy

Internship Available:

Fall 2019

Project Description:

NPL’s award-winning “Bringing Books to Life” literacy outreach program seeks a qualified intern to assist with Family Literacy initiatives. Responsibilities may include attending staff-led parent workshops to facilitate the distribution and collection of information, preparing literacy kits and other workshop materials, drafting copy for the program’s literacy blog and updating blog photos and layout, and assisting with program evaluation. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into all aspects of educational outreach programming, and to build skills in outcome-based evaluation and assessment.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college students with a background in education, community development, or languages, with an enthusiasm and dedication to teaching. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work well with a diverse team and in a diverse community. Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish or Arabic, are a plus. Previous experience teaching in formal or informal settings is desirable. Interns must also have reliable independent transportation.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week (minimum 100); weekday availability with some evenings and weekends required; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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Gender Studies Archival Researcher

Internship Available:

Fall 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 women’s history projects commemorating women’s suffrage; and suggesting ideas for future programming based on research.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be college 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) during weekdays, with additional hours possible if needed or credit; otherwise flexible scheduling.

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