Seiler Library Internship, Summer 2023
FTE/Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, non-exempt temporary internship
Compensation: Stipend of $7,000 for 10 weeks
Duration: 10 weeks in Summer 2023 (exact start and end dates to be determined in consultation with the successful candidate; the internship must be completed by August 31, 2023)
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts (on site, residential)
Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
Organization Description: The American Antiquarian Society is a learned society and national research library dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the printed record of the United States through 1876. The Society’s collections are used by scholars, students, creative and performing artists, and writers in many fields studying and working with American history and culture. The Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the institution, as expressed in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility: a statement from the Council and Staff of the American Antiquarian Society.
The Seiler Internship is an opportunity to explore librarianship by working at a national research library, participating in its daily activities, completing library-based projects, and beginning to develop a network of contacts in the field. This internship is generously sponsored by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Fund.
This internship will provide an overview of possible careers in the library field. While the candidate's interests will help shape the internship, we anticipate the intern will job shadow or work on projects in our manuscripts and graphic arts collections, reader services, and public programs. The intern will also get to interview other staff and shadow other departments, depending on areas of interest. We also are planning for 4-6 field trips to other special collections libraries in the region. The intern will be asked to maintain a journal detailing their experiences.
The Seiler Internship is a residential internship, and the Seiler Intern will live in AAS Scholars’ Housing. This will allow them to participate in Society events and to build relationships with other members of the Society’s community, including researchers and other interns in various departments at the Society.
Hours: 35 hours/week; Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Housing: A room in AAS Scholars’ Housing, either next door or across a residential street from the library, is included in the internship at no cost. By the start of the internship, the Seiler Intern must be at least 21 years of age; they must also adhere to any COVID-19 requirements that may be in place at the time, which may include current vaccination.
Candidates will be interested in exploring librarianship and/or information science but not yet enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science (or equivalent) graduate studies program, and their cover letter should explicitly talk about their interest in librarianship.
Candidates must have completed some college coursework AND must be 21 years of age by the date the internship starts due to the residential housing requirement.
The Society invites applications from people who may come to the internship from a diversity of paths, including, but not limited to: a rising senior or recent graduate exploring potential career paths; someone in a graduate studies program other than library and information science (or equivalent field); someone in the workforce or re-entering the workforce contemplating a career change.
The Seiler Intern will perform most of their duties in a shared office environment with artificial light and cool, controlled temperatures. Training in library software will be provided. The Seiler Intern will work with historical books and pamphlets, which may result in exposure to dust, mold, and other irritants. Training in handling historical materials will be provided.
Benefits: Not eligible for benefits except accrued sick time as per state law.
Please submit cover letter and resume via our online platform. The application deadline is January 31, 2023; application review will begin on February 1 with decisions by mid-March 2023.
Applications without cover letters will not be considered. In their cover letters, candidates should discuss their interest in librarianship and how this internship specifically will contribute to their career path, and highlight and any relevant interests, skills, and knowledge.
While we will ask for 1-2 references from all finalist candidates, you do not need to include them in your application.
There will be two rounds of interviews, preliminary and final. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by phone and final interviews will take place over Zoom.
Equal Opportunity Employment:
As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
For questions about the internship, please contact careers[at]mwa.org. Please do not submit applications to this address.
Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the Seiler internship, the application and interview process, and the Society.
These information sessions are optional, and they are not required for a successful application. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to submit questions during registration and during the webinar.
These webinars will be held on two dates (one evening and one daytime):