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Reference Intern

Title:Reference Intern
Supervisor: Reference Associate
Hours: 10 to 20 hours per week
Timeframe: Summer 2013 (June - August)

Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN

Status:  Unpaid. (A limited number of stipends are available to students from communities of color who are underrepresented in the Society).

Project Summary:
The Intern will assist in the day-to-day operations of the reference department and will work with staff to provide professional public services to MHS Library’s users.

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

Student Qualifications:
Graduate students studying library/information sciences or history will be considered. The successful candidate must have strong research, writing, and communications skills. A willingness to learn and to interact with a diverse population of researchers is also a necessity.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and updating existing reference tools
  • Working at the Library’s Registration Desk
  • Providing research services in answer to e-commerce requests
  • Updating, revising, or creating History Topics subject guide content for online publication
  • Depending on the intern’s interests/aptitudes and the Library’s current needs, the Reference Intern may also work on other projects. Possible projects may include:
    • Answering reference questions submitted via email, phone, or mail
    • Assisting with library services evaluation projects
    • Participating in the creation of new reference tools

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
  • Experience providing public and research services
  • Increased knowledge about Minnesota History
  • Increased awareness of genealogical research tools and techniques

Additional application requirements:

  • Submit a 3-5 page writing sample

For more information or to apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page. Applications for this position close on April 14, 2013.