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Internships and Practica in the UCB Libraries

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invite interested and qualified individuals to apply for internships or practica. Internships with the UCB Libraries offer the freedom and flexibility to create a practical professional experience that fits students' library interests and career goals.




Applying for an internship or practicum

Online Application


Students are encouraged to contact potential internship supervisors at the library to find out about opportunities. Faculty librarians have their profiles available online, and a complete faculty and staff directory is available.


We recommend that students begin the application process the semester before they would like to begin the internship.


Requirements and credit

Applicants should be current students or recent graduates from a graduate program in library and information science. We will consider other qualified applicants on a case-by-case basis, including undergraduates. Interns and their UCB supervisors will determine scheduling, projects, and goals before the internship begins. The Libraries will work with the graduate programs to insure academic credit is given when applicable. Currently, all internships and practica are unpaid.


Example Internships


Reference and Instruction

Provide research assistance to patrons from a diverse range of disciplines while improving your knowledge of reference sources, databases, and research tools. There is also the opportunity to teach first-year library seminars.


Outreach and Social Media

The library is always looking to increase its web presence. Participate in @ucblibraries lively twitter, create blog posts, post to facebook. We welcome interns who want to explore the library’s presence on other platforms as well.


Digital Collections

The digital collections internship offers individuals interested in pursuing a career in archives or libraries the opportunity to develop skills and gain practical experience building digital collections. Interns will receive training and work in one or more of the following areas: archival processing, digitization, and metadata.


Art Librarianship   

Open to interns who are interested in exploring art librarianship. Working closely with the Art & Architecture librarian, there are opportunities to assist with teaching, reference, and outreach. Interns may also complete a collection analysis or development project.

Business Librarianship

Gain experience in reference, instruction, and/or collection development in the William M. White Business Library. Work with faculty librarians on projects such as outreach, collection assessment, online instruction, and web development, while improving your knowledge of business databases and reference sources.


Science Librarianship

Interns working in the science libraries at CU Boulder may be involved in projects related to science collections analysis, preparing supporting material for instruction sessions, or library outreach in the sciences and engineering. Other opportunities include developing subject guides or web pages for the Engineering, Math & Physics Library or the Earth Sciences and Map Libraries, or assisting with the development of learning tools such as video tutorials and help guides for science databases or technical software.


Foreign Languages

Internship are available for those with professional fluency in a foreign language. Interns will gain experience in collection management for foreign language materials. They will gain overview of and experience in selection and analysis of a particular language collection at CU. They may also work on instruction, reference, and outreach for students studying foreign languages.


Other Subject Specialties

The libraries can often support interns or practicum students for a wide variety of subject specific internships including: music, social science, classics, and more.




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