Public Library Internship Grant applications due Feb. 15, 2012

Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2012
1/30/12 NOTE: The deadline has been extended to March 1, 2012

The Nebraska Library Commission’s 21st Century Librarian program offers support for student internships through grants to accredited public libraries. In partnership with the Nebraska Library Association and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the internship grants increase awareness about library professions and education and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska libraries. So, what can your library do with the internship program?

  • Share your enthusiasm for library education and the library profession.
  • Expand your programming.
  • Bring in fresh faces.
  • Show interns what happens behind-the-scenes.
  • Partner with other library types to show the variety of work settings.

Internship grants range from $500 to $1,000. A library may provide one 100-hour internship during the summer months that might last eight weeks, or two 50-hour internships during the school year that might last ten weeks, depending on the needs of the library and the scheduling needs and qualifications of the internship candidates. Library grantees will recruit, select, and hire their interns. Usually, interns are hired as contract workers and paid on a stipend rather than an hourly wage, but the terms of employment are determined by the library’s governing body experiences. Interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce interns to the joys of library service careers.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2012. More information is available on the Now Hiring @ your library© website.

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