Internship Opportunities

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InternshipALThe Alexandria Library was established as a subscription library in 1797. The public library was formed in 1937 with the opening of the Kate Waller Barrett Library. Today we have a central library and 5 branches, including a Local History/Special Collections branch, a Law Library, and a Talking Book Service. We serve the City of Alexandria with a population of 155,000 and we have reciprocal agreements with surrounding cities and counties.

Internship Opportunities -- Apply by November 20, 2017

Thank you for your interest in an internship at the Alexandria Library. The goal of Alexandria Library’s Internship Program is to enhance education by providing interns with real world experience while strengthening the Library’s ability to provide quality services to the public. The Internship Program brings a wealth of benefits to the Library, its staff, the community and the interns.

 

Alexandria Library is rich in history and located in a city that boasts incredible diversity. We proudly reflect that diversity, with 22 different languages spoken by our 102 staff members. We have internships in several areas including Adult Services, Local History Special Collections, and Communications.

 

All interns will also need to complete a successful reference and background check. Internships are unpaid and there is no guarantee of future employment.

 

Please click here to apply. Please email a copy of your resume and the contact information for three professional references to internship@alexlibraryva.org

 

Please read through the job descriptions listed below.

  

Public Librarianship-Beatley Central Library

The Alexandria Library has a number of full-time and part-time MLS and MLIS staff. The staff provide coverage for public service points, act as passport agents, plan and facilitate programs and maintain the collection. This internship will take place at Beatley Central Library. This internship does have the possibility of evening and weekend hours.

Internship Tasks and Responsibilities

Interns will have the opportunity to spend time in each department of the Library. While there, interns will learn the essential functions of those departments. This includes time spent in Circulation, Youth Services, and Adult Services. A focus will be placed on the intern's interests, but an intern could expect to leave this internship with a solid foundation in all departments. Interns will also spend time at the Central and branch libraries. They will learn the essential functions of each service area and also have the opportunity to participate in collection development, programming, and other special projects.

Qualifications

Progress towards an MLS, MLIS or have received a degree.

  

Reference Assistant: Education and Outreach – Local History/Special Collections

Local History/Special Collections Branch houses many resources for those interested in Alexandria and Virginia history and genealogy and the Civil War. Major activities include generating online exhibits, collection guides, and genealogy indexes. The books, microfilm, manuscripts, photographs and other items in the Local History/Special Collections division constitute a research collection; none of the materials may be checked out of the library.

It is open to the public: Monday, 1-9pm; Tuesday, 2-9pm; Wednesday, 10-7pm; Friday, 10-6pm; and Saturday, 10-5pm. Full-time staff includes the branch manager, a librarian, one research historian, and one library assistant. Reference requests are accepted in person, by telephone, and by email. Local History/Special Collections Branch is co-located with Kate Waller Barrett Branch in Old Town Alexandria at 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

Internship Tasks and Responsibilities

The display case just outside Local History/Special Collections reading room was purchased by the Friends of Local History as a tool to highlight the varied holdings. In order to preserve the integrity of the artifacts and to engage the viewer with a new and interesting material, a different exhibit should be available on a regular schedule:

  1. The intern will develop an exhibit module/template that includes checklists of artifacts/images/documentation to be used in the creation of various and changing exhibits.
  2. The intern will mount a completed exhibit that narrates the personal/public histories of noteworthy Alexandrians. Reaching back to the city’s origins, the intern will develop a criterion that is inclusive of race, gender, occupation/profession/area of contribution and will then generate a list of candidates subject to the approval of LHSC mentor.
  3. The intern will develop at least two more exhibit concepts using available LHSC resources (books, maps, manuscripts, vertical files, microfilm).

The intern will also assist LHSC staff at the reference desk for up to 50% of their weekly hours and will handle reference queries as assigned. The intern is supervised by the Reference Librarian.

Qualifications

Progress towards a degree in library science, history, a related subject, or have received a degree.

  

Reference Assistant: Digital Projects – Local History/Special Collections

The kiosk outside Local History/Special Collections reports news (holiday closings), promotes events (upcoming programs) and highlights aspects of the collection. These very brief notices function as public service announcements (PSAs). Recent PSAs have included conservation and preservation issues (vinegar syndrome, red rot) and a brief bibliography tying items in the collection to events of current interest (gender, sexuality, and politics in Virginia). The intern will be responsible for developing three public service announcements for the LHSC kiosk.

The intern will also assist LHSC staff at the reference desk for up to 50% of their weekly hours and will handle reference queries as assigned. The intern’s day-to-day point of contact is the reference librarian.

Qualifications

Progress towards a degree in library science, history, a related subject, or have received a degree. Excellent verbal and written skills. Experience with MS PowerPoint required. Experience in education or publishing or graphic design a plus.

  

Processing: Communications Office –Administration Beatley Central Library

The Communications Office provides the public with information regarding Library programs, services, and much more.

Internship Tasks and Responsibilities

Interns will assist with promoting Library programs and services using print and web media, to include: social media posting, website banner creation, and print advertising. Interns should have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team. Excellent verbal and written communication and editing skills are a plus. Must be highly organized and have the capacity to manage multiple projects.

Qualifications

Progress towards a degree in Journalism, Communications, Graphic Design, Media Relations, or have received a degree.

  

Law Librarianship – Law Library

The Alexandria Library added its newest branch, the Alexandria Library, in 2015. The Alexandria Law Library is located in the courthouse in old town Alexandria. The Alexandria Law Library serves the general public, attorneys, government employees and the judiciary and its staff provide coverage for public service points, act as a notary public, plan and facilitate programs and maintain the collection.

Internship Tasks and Responsibilities

Interns will have the opportunity to learn the essential functions of public law librarianship. A focus will be placed on the interns’ interests, but an intern can expect to leave this internship with a solid foundation in all facets of law librarianship. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in reference services, collection development, programming and other special projects.

Qualifications

Progress towards an MLS, MLIS or have received a degree. A Juris Doctor is not required, but experience with legal research and resources is preferred.