Internships

A conservation intern working on book binding.
A conservation intern working on book binding.

The Newberry offers internships in most of its departments. Newberry interns benefit professionally and intellectually from challenging work assignments as well as participation in the library’s lively community of scholars. Interns are supervised individually by Newberry staff members, who serve as mentors and insure that the internship has a robust educational component. In addition to their individual assignments, interns learn about other dimensions of the Newberry through group presentations, tours, and events such as the weekly colloquium. At the colloquium, the Newberry community gathers to hear an informal talk, usually focused on the collections or a current research project within the Newberry, followed by discussion and accompanied by refreshments.

Internships may last from one month to one year, and require from seven to 35 hours per week. In most cases, hours can be arranged flexibly. Undergraduates and graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, library and information science, performing arts, journalism, communications, marketing, graphic design, and museum studies, as well as postgraduates with backgrounds in these fields, may apply for available internships. Please refer to the individual internship descriptions for the specific qualifications for each position.

If you would like to be considered for more than one internship, you only need to submit one application. In your cover letter, please specify the internship(s) for which you are applying, in order of preference.

These opportunities are unpaid (unless stated otherwise), however, many previous interns have earned academic credit for their Newberry experience.

Send résumé and cover letter combined in one PDF or word document.

Please submit your application by email to internships@newberry.org, addressed to:

Internship Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

No phone calls please.

The application deadlines for internships are as follows:

February 28 – for summer internships (May-August)
June 1 – for fall internships (September-December)
December 1 – for winter/spring internships (January-April)

A full listing of summer internship opportunities will be posted by mid-January.

Current Opportunities

Digital Projects Internship (Metadata)

Departments: Digital Initiatives and Services, Collection Services

Summary: The intern will be responsible for the creation and editing of Dublin Core metadata for digital images of rare and valuable books, manuscripts, music, maps, artwork, and photographs from the Newberry’s collection. This work will include extensive use of Piction, the Newberry’s digital asset management system.

Learning Potential: The intern will gain practical experience in the generation of metadata with hands on experience using a digital asset management system. Tutorials on library standards for metadata creation, the Dublin Core metadata schema, and FAST subject analysis will be provided

Qualifications:

  • MLS degree in progress with cataloging and/or metadata coursework completed preferred
  • Some familiarity with image management databases desirable, but not required
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 14 hours per week up to 21 hours per week for 8-12 weeks (21 hours per week/12 weeks preferred)

Schedule: 14 - 21 hours a week, for 8-12 weeks, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.

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Digital Projects Internship (Photography)

Department: Digital Initiatives and Services

Summary: The intern will assist the Digital Imaging Services Manager and the Newberry Photographer with digital photography of the Newberry’s collections (including rare and valuable books, manuscripts, music, maps, artwork, and photographs) for digital projects, exhibitions, and researcher orders. The intern will also be responsible for file naming tasks and entering basic metadata at the time of image capture, assist with administrative tasks related to the operation of the department, and other tasks as needed.

Learning Potential: The intern will gain practical, hands-on experience with copy stand photography and an Atiz BookDrive Pro. They will improve their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and learn to use the digital imaging software designed for rapid capture of entire bound volumes. The intern will have a unique opportunity to see the workings of a busy Digital department and participate in the digitization process from image capture through publication.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with photography and basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop required
  • Some familiarity with image management databases desirable, but not required
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 14 hours per week up to 21 hours per week for 8-12 weeks (21 hours per week/12 weeks preferred)

Schedule: 14 - 21 hours a week, for 8-12 weeks, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.