Graduate MLS Intern

This internship is designed to provide graduate students earning their Masters of Library Science (MLS/MLIS) an opportunity to fulfill internship credit requirements for graduation while simultaneously gaining real work experience in an academic library. Internships can be individualized to either reflect students career interests or provide a generalized introduction to a variety of library work.

Each intern will create their unique internship description and establish internship expectations in consultation with their assigned supervisor.

Under a generalized track, students will normally receive:

  1. orientation to the units and operations of the library
  2. training in basic public service work
  3. training in databases and reference interactions
  4. introduction to job searching and resume building
  5. opportunities to observe and work with a diverse array of ASU librarians
  6. opportunities to participate in project teams or individual, guided projects with librarians as available.
  7. opportunities for conference presentation and professional development

In specialized areas of interest students will normally receive general skills (above) in addition (but not limited) to:


  1. training in teaching information literacy
  2. introduction to library pedagogy and current literature
  3. opportunities to develop/enhance online learning tools including tutorials, libguides, etc.

Subject Specific/Project based

  1. training on specialized databases, tools, or resources
  2. opportunity to work on special library related projects in a variety of areas

Technical Services

  1. orientation to back end/technical operation of an academic library
  2. orientation to information discovery and sharing practices
  3. training on library service platforms (LSP)
  4. introduction to emerging trends and technology in libraries
  5. opportunities to observe librarians and staff working with web development and assessment tools


Internships will be overseen by a single librarian, though the intern may interact and work under the temporary direction of a number of other library employees depending on projects, etc.


To accommodate students’ particular interests or skills, students may be required to complete internships at an ASU campus outside of their choosing.

Internship learning objectives*

  1. Gain a working knowledge of library culture and how academic libraries operate
  2. Be able to seek out and confidently apply for a variety of library positions
  3. Create a basic CV and Cover Letter to use for future applications
  4. Develop either general or specialized hard and soft skills based on career goals

*Because we aim to individualize Graduate Library Internships, learning objectives may vary.


Graduate internships are dependent on matching the needs of both the individual student, the individual ASU Library location or work unit, and the ability of the library or unit to accommodate and manage an intern. The ASU Library cannot guarantee internships to all students.

Job requirements

Student must be a graduate student in a Library Science or related program

Application notes

Because Graduate Library Internships are individualized and customizable, please be sure in your Statement of Interest to indicate what you hope to learn from an internship with the library, what skills you have and / or would like to develop, and the library location you would prefer.

Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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