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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 addressed to:

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

Email: internships@newberry.org

No phone calls please.

The application deadlines for internships are as follows:

April 15 – for summer internships (May-August)
August 16 – for fall internships (late August/early September-December)
December 1 – for winter/spring internships (January-April)

Current Opportunities

Events Internships

Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Internship

Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Internship

Department: Modern Manuscripts and Archives

Summary: This 15 week paid internship is funded by a private donor. Working in the Department of Modern Manuscripts and Archives under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern will participate in preserving, arranging, re-housing, and describing Chicago dance, performing arts, and theater archives and manuscript collections.

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the intern will participate in the following archival activities:

  • Arrange and re-house materials in Chicago dance, performing arts, and theater collections according to archival practice;
  • Apply appropriate preservation treatments to collection materials. Treatments include, but are not limited to, surface cleaning, flattening, removal of fasteners, and photocopying;
  • Prepare detailed descriptive inventories for collections in a format compatible with the archival professional standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD);
  • Participate in identifying analog audio-visual formats in the collections, preparing them for digitization, and creating metadata;
  • Conduct research related to the library’s dance, performing arts, and theater collections.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate student in a master’s program in library and information sciences and/or public history with coursework in archival processing required;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with primary sources;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Ability to shelve and lift archival boxes;
  • Familiarity with computer applications;
  • Academic focus on dance and theater history of Chicago and the Midwest preferred.
  • This position is ideal for an individual intending to work with primary sources as part of an academic career, or exploring the possibilities of archival work.

Schedule: This internship is for the Fall semester, with a start date in mid-September for 150 hours (typically 10 hours/per week for 15 weeks).

Deadline for applications is August 22, 2019.

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.