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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:

March 15 – for summer internships (May-August)
September 10 – for fall internships (September-December)
Extended to January 15 – for winter/spring internships (January-April)

A full listing of summer internship opportunities will be posted by the end of January.

Current Opportunities

Events Internships

Raphael Tuck and Sons Postcards Digital Initiatives Internship

Events Internship - 3 months

Department: Events

Summary: Under the direction of the Director and the Associate Director, the Intern will assist in a variety of event related tasks including both Library events and outside rentals. Responsibilities include assisting with event coordination, planning, administrative tasks, working with clients and caterers, maintaining a supply of sales brochures, answering phone and email inquiries and maintaining event inventory and déco.; The intern may also be asked to serve as a back-up for public and group tours, set up and break down refreshments for Library related events, and promote the Library to corporate and social clients.

Learning Potential: The intern will have many opportunities to work with the public – from people in the first stages of planning an event to those whose dates fall within the intern’s time at the Library. There is also a good opportunity for networking with event coordinators for possible future employment.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Schedule: 10 – 15 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor. Work schedule includes some evenings and week-ends.

Long Term Events Internship: 6 months – 1 year

Department: Events

Summary: Under the direction of the Director and the Associate Director, the Intern will assist in a variety of event related tasks including both Library events and outside rentals. Responsibilities include assisting with administrative tasks, maintaining a supply of sales brochures, answering phone inquiries, email inquiries, assisting with invoicing and file maintenance, maintaining event inventory and décor, planning, working with clients, caterers, and event vendors, assist with event coordination, including set-up and break-down of refreshments for Library related events; The long term intern will be expected to serve as a back-up for public and group tours, as well as learn the Newberry History to serve as rotating Tour Docent. The long term intern will also be expected to become familiar with rental Information to promote the Library to corporate and social clients.

Learning Potential: The intern will have many opportunities to work with the public – from people in the first stages of planning an event to those whose dates fall within the intern’s time at the Library. There is also a good opportunity for networking with event coordinators for possible future employment.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree completed
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Schedule: 15 - 25 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor. Work schedule includes some evenings and week-ends. Internship can begin anytime between January and May, and the manager will work with the identified candidate to establish the ideal duration of the internship.

Raphael Tuck & Sons Postcards Digital Initiatives Internship

Department: Digital Initiatives and Services

Summary: Under the supervision of Newberry staff, Tuck Digital Initiatives Interns will participate remotely in a crowdsourced metadata transcription project developed by the Newberry Digital Initiatives team. Interns will use digital tools to identify and transcribe metadata elements from digitized postcards and assign topical and geographic headings to provide subject access. Once completed, the information generated will be repurposed to create item-level metadata records for publicly-accessible digital collections.

Learning Potential: Interns will be given the chance to enrich coursework by participation in an innovative digital transcription project. Interns will gain practical experience in digital and special collections while working with digital tools and crowdsourcing technologies, including the open-source platform Zooniverse Project Builder. Interns will gain greater familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, LCTGM, and FAST and learn how crowdsourced data is repurposed for standardized metadata. A lesson plan with suggested readings, additional tasks, and video tutorials are available to supplement transcription work.

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in MLS/MLIS graduate program
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Interest in digital libraries, special collections, and crowdsourcing technologies

Schedule: A minimum of six weeks, working five to ten hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor. Internship can begin at any time and work is to be completed remotely.