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Library Science Internship/Practicum, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

The Department of Employer Engagement and Career Design sponsors supervised internships and practicums. This opportunity is designed to provide those seeking to gain experience in the Library Science field with exposure to career services and the ability to make a lasting impact to our department.

Northeastern University's Employer Engagement and Career Design is looking for graduate level Library Science internship participants and career changers who want to gain experience working in a multifaceted, dynamic Career Development office leveraging their Library Science skills and interests. Employer
Engagement and Career Design (formerly Career Development) has been consistently ranked in the top 3 by The Princeton Review since 2011.

The Department strongly believes in training the next generation of professionals and has invested considerable time and resources in creating a semester-long internship program (September to December; Jan-May; June or July-August) that includes supervision as well as developmental learning, reflection, and career coaching. This approach has earned the Department a reputation as a model training site for aspiring career services professionals.

An internship in Employer Engagement and Career Design provides an educational opportunity for graduate students, as well as those with prior graduate level education, to have a professional experience that will be helpful for a career in the area of Library Science related to career development and/or student affairs. The
internship provides participants with an introduction to the type of work roles performed within a career development office and facilitates the development of the skills necessary to be an effective professional in the field. Specific learning goals for Library Science interns include curating career-related digital resources for our website, using research skills to explore career fields and majors for the purpose of refining content for existing workshops and developing content for new educational workshops, potentially assisting us with the creation of videos, and possibly co-delivering workshops related to resources for the job search or other topics
for students.

Time Commitment:
A minimum commitment of 5- 13 hours per week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., is required. This is an unpaid internship, for one semester, but academic credit can be applied as part of an internship experience, if approved by your Program Director.

We are currently taking Intern applications for the all semesters, both for credit and non-credit. To gain additional experience, Interns are also welcome to extend their hours during the year or their time through after completing their official Internship.

Orientation and Training:
Interns are oriented to Employer Engagement and Career Design at the start of their internship and receive training throughout the internship. As part of orientation and training:

  • Interns receive a minimum of one supervision meeting per week;
  • Interns may participate in and deliver Lunch and Learn Sessions;
  • Interns may participate in monthly Career Counselor Consortium trainings, with topics ranging from "Employer Panels," to curriculum sharing and other programs;
  • Interns may conduct information interviews with Employer Engagement professionals, Career Counselors, and Co-op Professionals; and
  • Interns may receive other training as helpful based on individual interests.

Ongoing mentorship is a critical part of the internship process. Interns will be matched with an experienced staff member who will serve as their mentor for the year. Interns meet with their mentor to review learning goals and development plans, to discuss and guide interns throughout the year.

Experiential Learning:
After an appropriate initial training period, interns develop their skills through experiential learning, which may

  • Curating career-related digital resources for our website
  • Researching career fields and majors for the purpose of refining content for existing workshops
  • Development of content for new educational workshops
  • Assisting department with the creation of powtoon videos
  • Possibly co-delivering workshops related to resources for the job search or other topics for students.
  • Potentially creating and delivering webinars leveraging Library Science skills and resources developed during internship
  • Teaching workshops, classes, and webinars on internship/job search, LinkedIn, as scheduled;
  • Conducting classroom presentations and evening workshops to deliver to residence halls and student groups depending upon interest and availability
  • Assisting with special projects as needed;

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Ellen Zold Goldman at
Employer Engagement and Career Design
Northeastern University
103 Stearns Center
420 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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