Approximate date of posting May6, 2019
Position: Library Intern
Eligibility Must be entering junior or senior year of high school, or entering first year of college
- Be available during the event dates (June 13-15 and September 20-22)
- Must have a valid ID in order to travel by plane
Location: Manhattan, New York Washington Heights Library
The first Washington Heights Library opened in 1868. In 1914, the library moved to its present quarters at 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue. The four-story, brick structure designed by Carrère and Hastings, houses an adult, young adult, children’s, and reference collection. A multi-use auditorium is available for community group meetings as well as library programs.
Company/Organization Public Library Association (PLA): Internship Initiative Program
- Schedule/Hours 20 hours per week. Availability to work evenings or weekends as necessary
Time Frame: begin in June 2019 and end in September 2019.
travel to two Public Library Association (PLA) sponsored events:
- Chicago, IL from June 13-15 for the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Kickoff
- Washington, D.C from September 20-22 for the wrap up of the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Program
Description Our Young Adult Department strives to empower young adults ages 12-18 to become creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information. The community of young adults in Washington Heights is as diverse as New York City itself and the team helps broaden their experiences through targeted programming, services and collections. The team gets to know each patron’s unique story, creates opportunities to learn and grow, and helps them on their journey to accomplish their future goals.
Inclusive Internship Initiative (III)
As part of their mission to serve the entire community, public libraries value equity, diversity and inclusion. It is important that these values are reflected in the staff of public libraries. To attract the best candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities, librarianship must be viewed as a viable, rewarding, and meaningful career path. The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is proud to offer the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) this summer, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The overarching goal of the III is to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship. Through a summer-long mentored learning project, library mentors and interns will engage with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Interns will have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.
This internship provides an opportunity to partner with the incredible staff and community in Washington Heights Library to:
- Gain experience providing customer service in a fast-paced and friendly community
- Participate in departmental meetings and build business acumen
- Learn to identify and serve diverse community needs
- Learn to track and analyze collection metrics
- Gain experience working in a team environment
- Build your ability to take initiative and execute your ideas
Apply . Please include your resume and a cover letter detailing why you want to participate in this internship, and the impact you want to have on your community. http://www.nypl.org/careers
POC: For questions regarding the internship, please visit the Washington Heights Library or contact Renee Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org