GS Libraries Intern-Librarian Program for Graduate LIS/IS Students: Overview – Fall 2022

Graduate students in ALA accredited programs are welcome to apply.

The GS Libraries offer 1-4 unpaid in person or virtual internship position(s) for approximately 10 hours per week during each Spring and Fall semester.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in library and information science, such as  SJSU SI, with a demonstrated emphasis (i.e. via course work) in academic librarianship preferred. Graduate students from historically underrepresented groups, as defined by the American Libraries Association, Spectrum Program, are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Experience with database searching;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information and to write clearly and concisely;
  • Experience creating documents for print and web publishing;
  • Ability to work independently.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with content management systems, web design, and/or online teaching and learning tools;
  • Data visualization skills;
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles.

In addition, applicants must conform to their institution’s guidelines and practices for internships and must have completed at least half of the course requirements leading to the Masters degree.

It is a condition of the internship that the library school be an active participant with GS Libraries in monitoring the progress of the student and working with GS librarians to provide mentoring.

GS Libraries’ current employees are not eligible to apply for this internship.

The Internship Experience

The in-person and virtual library internships at GS Libraries are designed and intended to provide the successful candidate with a professional experience in academic librarianship and prepare the intern for professional opportunities. The internships will support the many ways Georgia Southern students and faculty engage with their Libraries.

The GS Libraries Virtual Intern(s) will focus on Digital Information Literacy. They will have the opportunity to create/maintain web-based tutorials, videos, research LibGuides, and other learning objects depending on their course work, skills, and qualifications.

The GS Libraries In-person Intern(s) will be introduced to a librarianship area of interest and will be assigned to collaborate on or help with specific projects depending on their course work, skills, and qualifications.

Librarian intern(s) will be assigned one or more GS librarians as mentors, based upon interest/expertise as well as upon the needs of the library. Librarian intern(s) will be in contact with their supervisor(s) in person, by e-mail, and/or conference collaboration stations on a regular basis during the internship. A formative assessment model will be employed with the projects they will be working on.

Learning Outcomes

Each intern must formulate learning outcomes, which have to be approved by the GS Libraries internship coordinator/mentor(s) and their (graduate library school) faculty coordinator/supervisor, if necessary as part of the school internship program.

GS Libraries internship coordinator and mentors will be prepared to discuss each intern’s progress with the individual(s) themselves and will expect to have regular meetings/discussions with the intern’s library school coordinator/supervisor.

The objective is to provide each intern with valuable experience in a variety of professional activities and functions in a busy and progressive academic library.

Application Materials

To apply to intern at the GS Libraries, students will have to submit the following materials:

1. Letter of Interest that addresses why they wish to intern in an academic library setting and specifically, why they would like to intern at the GS Libraries (maximum 2 pages);

2. Resume (maximum 2 pages);

3. Academic transcripts (unofficial);

4. Reference letters: 1-3.

Where to Send Your Application Materials

Send the complete application materials package by e-mail to the attention of:

Dr. Katia G. Karadjova – Kozhuharova (she / her)

Associate Dean of Libraries for Research & Assessment, Professor
Georgia Southern University
Savannah  |  Statesboro  | Hinesville  | Online
1400 Southern Dr. Statesboro, GA 30460
Subject line should state your name and the semester you are applying for.

Example: J.Smith_Spring 2017 Library Internship Application

The Process

Review of applications and selecting finalists.

Zoom interviews with the finalists.

Successful intern applicant(s) will be selected and notified.

Mentors will be assigned to each intern.

Mentors and interns will confer and agree upon schedules and workload.