Internships

The library offers two distinct internship opportunities for students interested in learning more about the profession. Internships are available for the fall or spring semester and may be taken for credit, if one desires. Although the internships are unpaid, we make every effort to ensure that the internship is a valuable and enriching experience. For more information, please contact Michelle Twait (mtwait@gustavus.edu or 507.933.7563).

Library Intern. Students will learn about the library's mission, vision, and strategic plan. Students will also have the opportunity to see how those values and ideals are reflected in the programs and services offered by the library. By working in various departments (acquisitions, cataloging, processing, circulation, audio-visual, government documents, interlibrary loan, archives, reference, instruction, collection development), students will have the opportunity to get a wide range of experience. Students' interests and aptitudes will determine the special projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to: developing a research guide on a particular subject, weeding an area of the collection, working with archival materials, planning a marketing/promotional event, and projects specific to a particular department.

Marketing Intern. The library seeks a detail-oriented individual eager to gain experience in marketing for libraries (or other nonprofit organizations). Projects may include, but are not limited to: administering a focus group or survey, writing copy for library publications, planning a marketing/promotional event, and developing a variety of marketing material for specific services or collections. Students will learn about the library's mission, vision, and strategic plan. Students will also have the opportunity to see how those values and ideals are reflected in the programs and services offered by the library. By meeting with staff in various departments (circulation, audio-visual, government documents, interlibrary loan, archives, reference, instruction, collection development), students will better understand the wide range of services and collections provided by the library. In particular, interns will work closely with the library's Outreach and Promotions Committee.

Past and current interns:

Rebecca Hare (Current intern, Spring 2013). Rebecca worked as a Peer Reference tutor, created a Library & Archives Grants webpage and Film Studies resource guide, and used CONTENTdm software to upload Archives image and sound recording metadata. Upon graduation in May 2014, Rebecca will pursue a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

Tricia Weyland (Current intern, Spring 2013). Tricia created collection development lists in African Studies, Special Collections, and the “Very Short Introduction” series. She also designed displays and worked as a Peer Reference tutor. Upon graduation in May 2013, Tricia plans to pursue an MLS degree in graduate school.

Quinn Arnold (Fall 2012). Quinn was a peer reference tutor, created resource databases with
LibGuides, and aided in research by conducting interviews. She will graduate from Gustavus in Spring 2013.

Baileigh Faust (Fall 2012). As marketing intern, Baileigh created and updated the library's social media sites on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter and advertised library resources and events while acting as a liaison between the Outreach & Promotions Committee and Faces of Folke. Baileigh plans to attend graduate school for library science following her graduation from Gustavus in December 2013.

Rikka Holiday (Spring 2012). Rikka assisted in weeding Children's Literature, interviewing students, research development, and archival processing.

Erin Simon (Spring 2012). As marketing intern, Erin developed a new book recommendation blog, GustavusReads, and as marketing intern she planned and promoted library services and events, such as Stress-Free Finals and National Library Week.

Tristan Richards (Fall 2011). Tristan established the "Faces of Folke" student committee to increase student involvement in the library, contributed to the library’s blog, Folkelore, and created and updated promotional media as marketing intern.

Amber Holets (Fall 2011). Amber completed an internship in the College & Lutheran Church Archives.

Kristy Proctor (Spring 2011). In addition to serving as one of two peer reference tutors, Kristy created a research guide for the Global Insight "Circumpolar Year" and developed video tutorials. After graduating from Gustavus, she served as Elementary Literacy Tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps. She is currently working towards my her Master's degree in Library Science at Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science. When she graduates in Spring of 2014, she plans to pursue a career in public librarianship. (updated spring 2013)

Maura Coonan (Spring 2010). During her internship, Maura completed a collection development project focused on adding contemporary Latin American literature titles. She is currently pursuing graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the coordinated MA program in History and Library & Information Science.

Marlene Kvitrud (Spring 2010). Marlene assisted with a major ethnographic research project (library space study) and an archives digitization project. She graduated from Gustavus in 2010 with a B.A. in English. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science in 2011 from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is focusing on data collection and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. (updated spring 2013)

Amanda Schreiner (January 2010). During her internship, Amanda created a research guide for the Global Insight "Year of Food and Nutrition" and also assisted with a collection development project related to Victorian/Edwardian literature. After completing her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa in May 2012, Amanda looks to work in a special or academic library. (updated spring 2013)

Erin Anderson (Fall 2009). Erin created a guide about using popular magazines as primary sources; she also planned and facilitated a focus group discussion on reference services. Recently, Erin worked as a teaching assistant in the English Language Centre at United International College (Zhuhai, Guangdong). She is now pursuing a Masters degree in American Studies at the University of Wyoming. (updated spring 2013)

Cara Evanson (Spring 2009). Cara participated in a major "weeding" project (the Oversize collection), served as an ex-officio member of library committees, and shadowed librarians at the reference desk. Cara recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies. She is employed at Davidson College in North Carolina serving as an Information Literacy Librarian. (updated spring 2013)

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