Friday, February 20, 2009

Apply Now for the Library Diversity Internship!

McIntyre Library seeks a junior or senior UW – Eau Claire student with an interest in librarianship and the ability to bring a diverse perspective to our library and our profession. The McIntyre Library Diversity Internship provides 10 hours per week of professional library work under the direction of a mentor librarian, and the intern will be paid $12.00 per hour.* The internship begins September 1, 2009 and ends May 14, 2010, with time off during the winter and spring breaks. The intern may choose to focus on one of the following areas of librarianship: Reference and Instruction, Collection Development, Education / Curricular Materials / School Librarianship, or Special Collections & Archives. The internship also offers the following benefits:

**Travel, room, board, and registration fee for a state or regional librarian conference.

**Travel, room, and board for visiting the UW – Madison and/or UW- Milwaukee Graduate Schools of Library and Information Science as a prospective student.

You are warmly invited to apply if you:

**Are a junior or senior enrolled at UW – Eau Claire
**Have a interest in a career in librarianship
**Can bring diverse perspective to McIntyre Library
**Have experience working with diverse communities

Application procedure:

Write a brief essay (no more than 500 words) addressing your interest in a career in librarianship, the area of librarianship that most interests you, and your ability to enhance the diversity of McIntyre Library.

Submit the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two references: one UW – Eau Claire faculty member, and one work or volunteer supervisor.

Please submit applications to Colleen McFarland, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist, McIntyre Library ( Application due date is April 1, 2009. Decisions will be announced no later than April 30.


Alaina McNeal said...

Is there no longer a Diversity Internship at the McIntyre Library? I'm interested to hear more about the program, even if it is no longer running, if you have any information.

Jill Markgraf said...

Hello Alaina, We have run the diversity internship program a couple of times, most recently last year. Our ability to run the program depends largely on our student budget, and we have not yet determined if we will be running the program again in the upcoming academic year. I hope that we can. Through the paid internship, we offer the opportunity for a student from an underrepresented demographic to work in and learn more about what libraries do. We try to tailor the experience to the student's background, making an effort to draw connections between library work and the student's academic major. If you are interested in reading about our last intern's experience, please see our Spring 2017 newsletter:
Let me know if you have further questions about it. I'd be happy to talk with you.
Jill Markgraf, Interim Library Director (markgrjs (at)