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)

Current Winter/Spring Internship 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.

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Genealogy and Local History Internship

Department: Reader Services

Summary: Working with the Curator of Genealogy and Local History, intern will gain experience in collection development, reference, and metadata generation by processing accessions, answering reference correspondence, and developing content for ChicagoAncestors.

Learning Potential: The intern will gain practical experience in the processing of local and family history material, provision of genealogy reference, and development of online resources.

Qualifications

  • MLS degree completed or in progress is highly desirable
  • Interest in family history and/or Chicago history is highly desirable

Schedule: 8 - 12 hours per week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.

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Communications and Marketing Internship

Department: Communications and Marketing

Summary: With the Communications and Marketing team, the spring intern will research, report, and draft a wide variety of content for print and for the Web. The spring intern will work with the department’s Manager of Publications and Graphic Designer to develop creative campaigns for the promotion of Newberry events and developments. Promotional channels/media will include print and digital advertising, social media, video, and audio recordings.

Learning Potential: The spring intern will become familiar with parts of the Newberry’s large collection, including items related to American Indian studies; American history and culture; the history of printing and book arts; Chicago and the Midwest; maps and travel; Renaissance studies; music and dance; and religion. The intern also will learn how to write effectively and persuasively for a wide variety of media and audiences, and to work well with a range of colleagues, from fundraising professionals to scholars.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress
  • Extremely strong research, writing, computer, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Schedule: 10 – 20 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.

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Events Internship

Department: Events

Summary: Under the direction of the Director and the Associate Director, the intern will assist in a variety of event-related tasks, whether they be library events or outside rentals. Responsibilities include helping to coordinate events, promoting the Newberry to corporate and social clients, working with clients and caterers, maintaining event inventory and décor, and answering phone and email inquiries. The intern will also be asked to facilitate public and group tours as needed.

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
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Friendly and professional demeanor.

Schedule: 10 – 15 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor. The intern must be able to work some evenings and weekends.

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Burnham Web Project Internship

Department: Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

Summary: Under the direction of the Director of the Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the intern will assist with “Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis.”, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded grant web resource about the history of urban planning and visual culture, which is nearing its final stages of completion. The intern will assist mainly with organizing digital content and web maintenance, and additional editorial work as necessary.

Learning Potential: The intern will become familiar first and foremost with management of large scale web projects. He or she will gain experience working with the web interface Drupal in addition to image editing software Photoshop. Furthermore, the intern will learn about what it takes to develop and implement collaborative scholarly projects in the digital humanities by working closely with a team of Smith Center and Exhibitions staff. Lastly, the intern will learn about Chicago history, urban planning, and day-to-day life in the Smith Center and the Newberry in general.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress
  • Strong computer and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Schedule: 8 – 12 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.

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Bookstore Internship

Departments: Bookstore and Marketing

Summary: The Bookstore intern for Social Media will work with Bookstore and Marketing staff in promoting the Bookstore across as much varied social media as possible. The intern will be responsible for drafting and completing updates about store merchandise, exhibit tie ins and promotional events. The ideal candidate is familiar with cross promotion for cultural institutions. The Newberry’s esteemed place in Chicago’s cultural milieu sets the shop apart as a potential first contact for the institution.

Learning Potential: Under the supervision of the Bookstore Manager and working with the Marketing staff, the intern will gain firsthand experience in specialized retail marketing and cultural institution marketing. Additionally, the intern will enhance their social media skills focused on both welcoming and attracting new clients.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress
  • Extremely strong research, writing, computer, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently

Schedule:10 – 20 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor in conjunction with project needs.