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Title:Reference Intern
Supervisor: Reference Associate
Hours: 10 to 15 hours per week
Timeframe: Fall 2013

Status: Unpaid.

Project Summary: The Intern will assist in the day-to-day operations of the reference department and will work with staff who provide professional public services to MHS Library’s users.  The intern will also assist on different types of digital projects in order to help the Reference staff provide better reference services and outreach to MHS Library’s users.

Ideal degrees: Library science, history, or public history.

Student Qualifications:
Graduate or undergraduate students studying library/information sciences or history will be considered. The successful candidate must have strong research, writing, and communications skills. An interest in the Library’s mission and a willingness to learn are necessities.  An interest in the use of technology in library and museum work is a plus, as is experience with website creation and digital audio-visual creation/editing using tools (like Adobe Premier, Final Cut, and/or iMovie).

Student Responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and updating existing reference tools
  • Working on digital projects.  Depending on the interests/aptitudes and the Library needs, projects may include:
    • Creating video components for History Topic research guide web-pages
    • Creating screencasts for internal and external training purposes
    • Converting older web-pages to new, Drupal-based format
    • Converting reference tools and webpages to LibGuide format
    • Evaluating analog reference tools to determine best options for future conversion into digital tools. 
    • Working with the Collections and Reference Podcast Team to create educational and outreach videos for online posting. 
    • Assisting with library services evaluation projects
  • Updating, revising, or creating History Topics subject guide content for online publication
  • Working at the Library’s Registration Desk

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Work experience in a unique, special collection library setting
  • Familiarity with a variety of print and online reference tools and systems
  • Increased knowledge about Minnesota History
  • Increased awareness of genealogical research tools and techniques

Additional application requirements:

  • Submit a 3-5 page writing sample.

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.