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Internships at the Newberry

If you’re drawn to inner workings of the Newberry, or simply want to gain incredible work experience, you have the opportunity to work behind the scenes in one of the departments of the library throughout the semester.

These are paid positions and are limited to up to 10 hours per week on average (i.e., up to 140 hours total over 14 weeks), so as not to interfere with seminar and research time. Supervisors have agreed to be flexible with the number of hours and days of the week students work, and they understand that frequently ACM students can work more hours earlier in the semester, but may taper when their independent research becomes more pressing.

Please note that international students must be authorized to work in the U.S. outside of their college in order to be paid for an internship at the Newberry Library; neither the Newberry nor the ACM can provide sponsorship. 

Positions available vary, but the list below is illustrative of the variety of positions typically available for Newberry Seminar participants. Students will receive an updated list of opportunities the summer before the program begins; during orientation week, Newberry staff will interview those interested. For more information, contact Michael Vertovec, ACM Assistant Program Manager.

“I work in the General Reading Room at the Newberry Library, which basically means that I page books (grab books from the stacks) for people who request them. It’s actually a lot busier than it sounds — a lot of people use the library, and they page a ton of books, so it’s been a lot of wandering around the stacks so far. Which, of course, I love — I’m one of three students on my program who has access to ten floors of books!”
Karlyn Schumacher, Ripon College, reflecting on her paid internship in the General Reading Room

Internship Opportunities

These positions vary year to year. Please see below for a list of internship positions that were available to students participating in the Fall 2019 seminar. Some internship work may be completed remotely, while some may be done in the building; this will be subject to the operations of individual departments.