Ask a Librarian Internship Program

The Ask a Librarian Internship Program provides current library school students with hands-on experience in several areas of academic librarianship.  Interns will work collaboratively with mentoring library staff to assist users with the IM (chat) component of the Ask a Librarian service, answering questions from users.  Students must receive course credit to be eligible for the intership.

The Ask a Librarian Internship program provides current library school students with hands-on experience in several areas of academic librarianship. Interns will work collaboratively with mentoring library staff to assist users with the IM component of the Ask a Librarian service, answering chat (IM) questions from users.

Additionally, interns will work with librarians on specific projects, such as writing instructional content, creating tutorials, assisting with collection development or providing in-person reference at one of the Libraries' reference desks.

Interns will be appointed on a semester basis and may apply to renew the internship for up to one year. Preference is given to candidates who have completed at least 12 credits in an accredited library school program and have already taken their basic reference course.

Internship positions are not available for the Fall 2020 semester. Please check this page later for information regarding the Spring 2021 semester.

Interns will work with librarians on specific projects, such as writing instructional content, creating tutorials, assisting with collection development or providing in-person reference at one of the Libraries' reference desks. Interns will provide research assistance to individuals and groups via chat (IM), and refer users to appropriate staff from the Libraries. Successful completion of projects as assigned by the internship supervisor.

Applicants must be current (or enrolled) graduate student in an ALA-accredited library school program at the time of the internship, and must be able to receive course credit for the internship.

Applicants should demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, have coursework in reference service and completion of at least 12 credits in an accredited library school program, a strong commitment to service, ability to evaluate, understand, and respond to research questions by utilizing knowledge of library resources, interest in academic librarianship, and ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment. 

Schedule is variable, but requires at least one evening shift of four hours working remotely and six hours on campus working with a librarian for a total of 10 hours per week. Students select an IM shift as part of the internship.  Current evening and weekend hours are Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 9pm [Sunday hours can vary slightly].

Internship positions are not available for the Fall 2020 semester. Typically, applications for each semesterly cycle of the Ask a Librarian Internship program will be available 2 months before the start date of the internship.

Please contact AskALibrarianInternship@library.columbia.edu for more information.

Columbia University Libraries [CUL]: Ask a Librarian Internship

The Ask a Librarian Internship program provides current library school students with hands-on experience in several areas of academic librarianship. Interns will work collaboratively with mentoring library staff to assist users with the IM component of the Ask a Librarian service, answering chat (IM) questions from users.

Additionally, interns will work with librarians on specific projects, such as writing instructional content, creating tutorials, assisting with collection development or providing in-person reference at one of the Libraries' reference desks.

Interns will be appointed on a semester basis and may apply to renew the internship for up to one year. Preference is given to candidates who have completed at least 12 credits in an accredited library school program and have already taken their basic reference course.

SCHEDULE: Schedule is variable, but requires at least one evening shift of four hours working remotely and six hours on campus working with a librarian for a total of 10 hours per week. Students select an IM shift as part of the internship.  Current evening and weekend hours are Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 9pm [Sunday hours can vary slightly].
 

EXPECTATIONS: Providing research assistance to individuals and groups via chat (IM). Referring users to appropriate staff from the Libraries. Successful completion of projects as assigned by the internship supervisor.
 

REQUIRED:  Must be current (or enrolled) graduate student in an ALA-accredited library school program at the time of the internship.  Must be able to receive course credit for the internship.
 

PREFERRED: Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills. Coursework in reference service and completion of at least 12 credits in an accredited library school program. Strong commitment to service. Ability to evaluate, understand, and respond to research questions by utilizing knowledge of library resources. Interest in academic librarianship. Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment. 
 

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS:  Please contact AskALibrarianInternship@library.columbia.edu for more information.