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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:

March 15 – for summer internships (May-August)
August 9 – for fall internships (late August/early September-December)
December 1 – for winter/spring internships (January-April)

Current Opportunities

Events Internships

NEH/Mellon Internship - Paid

NEH/Mellon Internship - Paid March 18 - December 14, 2019

Department: Chicago Studies

Summary: The Newberry seeks a paid intern to help in the administration of one summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a fall seminar for doctoral students. The summer institute is “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955,” directed by Liesl Olson (July 8-August 3). The fall seminar is “The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice,” taught by Liesl Olson, and will meet on Fridays from October through December.

Learning Potential: Working in the Department of Research and Academic Programs, the intern will learn how to organize and facilitate the application process for grant programs, update websites (wordpress) for programs; organize readings lists and bibliographies; coordinate travel, accommodations, and reimbursements for visiting scholars; respond to queries and emails about the programs; and be “on-hand” during the 4-week run of the institute and during the 8-week seminar.

Under the supervision of the Director of Chicago Studies, the intern will work on the following projects:

  1. Communicating with program applicants on acceptance or rejection; organizing paperwork for accepted applicants; constructing participant rosters.
  2. Building password protected sites to post reading and other information about the programs, including policies of the Newberry, and information about Chicago (housing, transportation, restaurants, etc.).
  3. Organizing participant folders, name tags, carrels, and reserve reading list.
  4. Being on-hand for coffee set-up, lunch orders, and one day of bus travel during the programs.
  5. Helping facilitate collection displays of archival materials from the Newberry, including working with archivists and librarians.
  6. Responding to the needs of the institute and seminar as they emerge.

Qualifications:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in group settings;
  • Familiarity with computer applications;
  • Bachelor’s degree required with academic focus on twentieth-century literary studies or twentieth-century United States history and/or art history preferred;
  • This position is ideal for an individual seeking experience in an alternative academic institution, or exploring the possibilities of archival work, and we welcome applications from candidates with advanced degrees.

Schedule: Temporary internship, March 18 - June 21 (20 hours/week); June 24 - August 3 (35 hours/week); August 5 - December 14 (20 hours/week). End date is December 14, 2019.

Send cover letter and resume to hr@newberry.org. Open until filled.

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.