Library Intern

Internships at the Phillips


The Phillips Collection's Internship program is open to full-time undergraduate students, full -time graduate students, and recent graduates. The purposes of the internship program is to offer students and recent graduates meaningful work, educational experiences, and real -life practice in their fields of academic study and /or interest.

The library intern will assist the Head Librarian and Archivist in a variety of projects, including updating exhibition history files as well as circulation and collection management. Depending on the intern’s experience, he or she may help to process archival collections and prepare archival materials for digitization. A graduate library or archives student is preferred.

Duration: Eight continuous weeks and 8 to 16 hours per week is preferred.  Internship length and schedule may vary depending on the needs of the department.

Academic Credit: Depending on the nature of the internship and approval of the student's college or university, academic credit may be granted for internships.  Student applicants should consult their academic advisor for additional information.

*Application deadline dates are as follows:

Spring Internship:        December 1
Summer Internship:    May 1
Fall Internship:               July 31

*Dates are subject to change

Please submit a résumé, letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, and complete transcripts. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remain confidential, please ask him/her to send the letter to with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.

(include but are not limited to):

  • Assist with digital projects as needed, beginning with installation records.
  • Gathering, organizing, and preserving materials related to exhibition history in both print and electronic form.
  • Generating a detailed exhibition history document, using existing documents and other records as resources.
  • Gathering, organizing and housing ephemera related to museum programs.
  • Other activities as needed to possibly include vertical files, serials, AV materials, and library circulation.
  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of a master's program in library science
  • Coursework in archives desirable
  • Art history background desirable
  • Interest in museums

Gallery Educators, Volunteers, Interns, and Temporaries are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Complimentary guest admission to museum (subject to availability)
  • 20% discount at Museum Shop
  • 10% discount at Museum Café
  • Invitations to seminars, lectures, and special events

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