Internship — Distance Learning Intern (Tallahassee –or– virtual)

Internship opportunity at FSU Libraries: Distance Learning

The Distance Learning Intern focuses his/her efforts on providing equitable access to resources and services for distance learning students and faculty at Florida State University. The intern will work on continued development of FSU’s distance learning unit, providing outreach to off-campus constituents, and creating learning objects to enhance the online library experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of distance learning support practices by academic libraries including, not limited to, outreach efforts, reference support, information literacy instruction, and assessment
  • Create digital objects and/or learning tools to facilitate access for off-campus library resources
  • Understand the dynamic and wide-ranging library needs of the 21st century library patron

These learning objectives will be accomplished through regular readings in current literature on the topics, integration into current ongoing projects, active engagement with students, faculty, and staff throughout the University, and a specific project related to the interns area of interest.

Activities may include: meetings with project and work-area teams, hands-on skills development for projects, research and development for nascent projects, generation and production of a personal research project.


  • Works with Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian on varying projects; the specific projects related to these efforts will depend on the progress of each program
  • Assists in developing library guides, tutorials, videos, and diverse learning objects for distance learners as well as students at international campuses
  • Works collaboratively with faculty to assist students in online (through Blackboard) with a research emphasis, providing research assistance and other library services virtually
  • Provides feedback for establishing policies and strategic planning for the distance learning unit


Required: Interest in academic librarianship, instructional technology, distance learning, and outreach. If working as a remote intern, appropriate technology is required (personal computer, webcam, secure internet connection).

Recommended: Comfort and advanced competency with various information technologies including chat, Google docs, online research, database searching and basic web tools.


This is a part-time position with the expectation of 10-15 hours of work per week. Remote internships for academic credit will be unpaid.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter as one PDF document to:

Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian,

Include in your cover letter any coursework that you have taken or plan to take that involves academic librarianship.