STL's Public Library Association Inclusive Internship Initiative


Inclusive Internship InitiativeThe Springfield Town Library is currently accepting applications for a summer intern to take part in the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III).

The intern will work 10-12 weeks this summer with the primary objective of developing a connected learning project that will help strengthen connections with the Library’s community.

The Library’s Strategic Plan will provide guidance for the intern’s project, offering a range of goals that can support both professional exploration and meaningful community service. Interns will spend dedicated time writing, reflecting, and sharing about their experience. With their mentors (youth services librarian and library director), interns will develop a connected learning project to be completed over the summer, based on their interests.

The intern will get a taste of what it is like to be a librarian in a public library setting and will:

  • Attend a virtual kick-off event on June 20-21, 2021
  • Design and deliver a connected learning project. Examples of past intern projects in other communities include the following, but the project should be based the intern’s interests and the goals of the Springfield Town Library:
    • Inter-generational LGBTQ+ community roundtable
    • Outreach to teens held in local temporary detention center
    • Audio engineering and videography workshops
    • Library resource booklet for at-risk youth: how to get your GED, clear criminal records, look for jobs
    • Local history digitization project
    • Panel discussion on the impact of violence on communities
  • Work approximately 25 hours per week in the library.
  • Participate in monthly virtual learning and networking opportunities.
  • Complete short, bi-weekly surveys.
  • Share their successes, challenges, and opportunities across the III cohort.
  • Spend dedicated time writing about and reflecting on their internship experience.
  • Make a presentation about their project at the virtual wrap-up event on September 25th and 26th.

The intern will be paid a stipend of $3500.
($1500 in July, $1500 in August, and $500 upon completion).

Potential candidates must be current high school sophomores, juniors or seniors (age 16-18). They must be able to attend both virtual events (June & September). Preference will be given to those with interest or previous experience working or volunteering with or in libraries.

Click the following for the application which is due no later than noon on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Applicants must also submit an official employment application for the Town of Springfield. EOE