A conservation intern working on book binding.

A conservation intern working on book binding.

The Newberry offers internships in most of its departments. Newberry interns benefit professionally and intellectually from challenging work assignments as well as participation in the library’s lively community of scholars. Interns are supervised individually by Newberry staff members, who serve as mentors and insure that the internship has a robust educational component. In addition to their individual assignments, interns learn about other dimensions of the Newberry through group presentations, tours, and events such as the weekly colloquium. At the colloquium, the Newberry community gathers to hear an informal talk, usually focused on the collections or a current research project within the Newberry, followed by discussion and accompanied by refreshments.

Internships may last from one month to one year, and require from seven to 35 hours per week. In most cases, hours can be arranged flexibly. Undergraduates and graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, library and information science, performing arts, journalism, communications, marketing, graphic design, and museum studies, as well as postgraduates with backgrounds in these fields, may apply for available internships. Please refer to the individual internship descriptions for the specific qualifications for each position.

If you would like to be considered for more than one internship, you only need to submit one application. In your cover letter, please specify the internship(s) for which you are applying, in order of preference.

These opportunities are unpaid (unless stated otherwise), however, many previous interns have earned academic credit for their Newberry experience.

Send résumé and cover letter combined in one PDF or word document.

Please submit your application by email to, addressed to:

Internship Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

No phone calls please.

The application deadlines for internships are as follows:

February 28 – for summer internships (May-August)
August 24 – for fall internships (September-December)
December 1 – for winter/spring internships (January-April)

A full listing of summer internship opportunities will be posted by mid-January.

Current Opportunities


Digital Projects Internship (Metadata)

Departments: Digital Initiatives and Services, Collection Services

Summary: The intern will be responsible for the creation and editing of metadata records for digital images of rare and valuable books, manuscripts, music, maps, artwork, and photographs from the Newberry’s collection. Additional duties may include content ingest and export using a variety of digital asset management tools and resources.

Learning Potential: The intern will gain practical experience in the generation of metadata, which may include hands on training and experience with:

  • metadata content, value, and structural standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, FAST, LC authorities, DACS, and GIS
  • digital asset management systems such as Piction and CONTENT dm
  • collection preparation and export to consortia projects such as Internet Archive, CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois), and Chicago Collections Consortium.


  • MLS degree in progress with cataloging and/or metadata coursework completed preferred
  • Familiarity with image management databases desirable, but not required
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 14 hours per week up to 21 hours per week for 8-12 weeks (21 hours per week/12 weeks preferred)

Schedule: 14 - 21 hours a week, for 8-12 weeks, to be determined by the intern and supervisor.


Events Internship

Department: Events

Summary: Under the direction of the Director and the Associate Director, the Intern will assist in a variety of event related tasks including both Library events and outside rentals. Responsibilities include assisting with event coordination, working with clients and caterers, maintaining a supply of sales brochures, answering phone and email inquiries and maintaining event inventory and déco.; The intern may also be asked to serve as a back-up for public and group tours, set up and break down refreshments for Library related events, and promote the Library to corporate and social clients.

Learning Potential: The intern will have many opportunities to work with the public – from people in the first stages of planning an event to those whose dates fall within the intern’s time at the Library. There is also a good opportunity for networking with event coordinators for possible future employment.


  • Bachelor’s degree completed or in progress
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Schedule: 10 – 15 hours a week, to be determined by the intern and supervisor. Work schedule includes some evenings and week-ends.