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Intern, West Hartford Public Library, West Hartford, CT

West Hartford Public Library

Reference Services Internship Program

The West Hartford Public Library welcomes applications from MLS candidates for its internship program.  The program has been designed to provide practical, on-the-job experience to individuals pursuing a career in reference service.  Applicants must have completed at least four graduate level library science courses before the start date of their internship including a reference services course.  The successful applicant will be paid a stipend of $4375 for 250 hours of work over approximately 5 months starting in January.

The intern will have the opportunity to shadow librarians at a fast-paced reference desk and to help to implement a special technology, video, and marketing project (with a focus on video production).  In addition, the intern will help with other departmental projects such as website management, social media, library programs, subject bibliographies, and other projects as assigned.  Although the intern will work primarily in the Adult Division of the Noah Webster Library located at 20 South Main Street, s/he will do a rotation in each of the library's two branches as well as other library divisions to gain a broader understanding of public library operations.

This internship program is funded through the generous support of the West Hartford Public Library Foundation's Thomas F. Kilfoil Fund.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • Enrollment in a Master of Library Science Program
  • Applicants must have completed at least four courses including a reference services course before the start date of the internship
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and must not currently be employed by the West Hartford Library
  • Schedule is flexible but may include some weekday, evening, and weekend hours
  • Candidate must have reliable transportation

Please email the following to internship@westhartfordlibrary.org by November 26, 2016.  Candidates will be notified by mid-December.

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Personal statement (250-300 words) explaining your interest in libraries and reference service in particular
  • List of completed classes (unofficial transcripts accepted)

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