University of Illinois


Internship Defined

The Internship is a noncredit work experience for students. It may be paid or nonpaid. Because the Internship does not earn academic credit, no specific projects or written evaluations are required. Internship students may work for any number of hours over any time period. Students and organizations are free to negotiate the terms of Internships as desired.

Comparison to Practicum

The Practicum is a work experience in which the student earns academic credit for a course (LIS591). Because the Practicum earns academic credit, it must meet specific requirements. It is open to students in good standing with 14 or more LIS credits, and earns 2 credits. Practicum students work for 100 hours in an organization under the guidance of a designated Site Supervisor, who has professional qualifications in the area of the Practicum activities, usually for the duration of one semester. Included in the 100 hours is the preparation of a special project. At the end of the Practicum, the Site Supervisor prepares a written performance review evaluating the student's work. A GSLIS faculty member (Practicum Faculty Advisor) oversees the Practicum and assigns the final student grade. The Practicum must be nonpaid, and cannot be undertaken at a student's current or previous place of employment.

Locating Internships

1. Field Experience Forum

The Field Experience Forum (GSLIS login and password required) lists announcements from organizations seeking both Internship and Practicum students.

2. Organizations Offering Internships

In addition to checking the Field Experience Forum for current announcements, investigate the following list of organizations which frequently offer Internships. The list is not comprehensive; if an organization not on this list interests you, it is worthwhile to contact them about the possibility of both Practicum and Internship opportunities.

Some Internships May Meet Practicum Requirements

Organizations may name their opportunities as Internships or Practica according to their own definitions rather than according to GSLIS definitions as described above. In some cases, opportunities labelled as Internships can meet the requirements of a GSLIS Practicum for credit. Please refer questions about Internships that might meet Practicum requirements to the Practicum Coordinator.


If you are a student seeking an Internship or Practicum, contact the Roy Brooks, Practicum Coordinator (Telephone 217-333-6202, Email: -rebrooks, at )

Organizations which are seeking a GSLIS student for an Internship or Practicum opportunity are welcome to forward an announcement about the position to the Practicum Coordinator.

Organizations Which Frequently Offer Internships

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (Springfield, IL) - Internships

American Library Association (Chicago) - often seeks Interns
Contact Mary Pullen, HR Recruiter: 312-280-2466; -mpullen, at

American Museum of Natural History Research Library (New York) - Internships

ARL Research Library - Residency and Internship Program Database

Art Institute of Chicago - Internships

Art Libraries Society of North America - Internship Award
(Provides financial support for internships at a variety of art libraries)

Boston Historical Society - Internships

Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY) - Internship Program

California State University San Marcos - Teaching Fellowship

Champaign County Historical Archives (The Urbana Free Library) - Graduate Reference Intern
Contact Anke Voss: 367-4025; -avoss, at

Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library - sometimes offers Internships

Chicago History Museum - Internships

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Internships and other positions

CNN News Libraries (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC ) - often offer Internships

Conjuring Arts Research Center (New York) - often offers Internships Contact: -librarian, at

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (Washington, DC) - Internships [scroll down]

Democracy Now, Media Archives (New York) - often offers Internships

The Dole Archive, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (Lawrence, KS) - Internships

Drexel University, College of Information Science and Technology - Job Postings Database
Can be searched for Internships

Duke University Libraries (Durham, NC) - sometimes offers Internships

Federal Internships

Field Museum (Chicago) - Internships and other positions

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC) - Internships and other positions

The Freedom Archives (San Francisco) - Internships

Georgetown Law Library (Washington, DC) - Library Resident Program

Gettysburg College (PA) - Internships

Gunston Hall Library (Mason Neck, VA) - Internships

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program -
Coordinates internships with government agencies on behalf of Hispanic students

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) - Internships

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden (San Marino, CA) - Conservation Internships

Illinois at the Phillips Program (Washington DC) - Internships at the Phillips Collection

Indiana State Library (Indianapolis) - Internships

Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Strategic Partnerships (Washington, DC) - Strategic Partnerships Internship

Jacobs Pillow Dance (Becket, MA) - Internships in Archives/Preservation

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (Boston) - Internships

Kansas City Public Library - Internships

Law Library Association of New York - Law Library Internships

Library of Congress (Washington, DC) - Internships, Fellowships and Volunteer Programs

Library of Congress (Washington, DC) - Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

Longwood Gardens (Philadelphia) - Library Science Internship
Contact Venice Bayrd, Librarian, Longwood Gardens Library: 610-388-1000 ext. 510; -vbayrd, at

Maryland State Archives (Annapolis) - Internships
(Open to Maryland residents)

Marvel (New York) - Apply for Internships

Mental Health America (Alexandria, VA) - Internships

Metropolitan Library System (Chicagoland) - Internship Central Database

Missouri History Museum (St. Louis) - Internships

Morgan Library and Museum (New York) - Internships

Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) - Internships

National Archives and Records Administration - Internships
(Includes the national and regional archives and the Presidential Libraries)

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Cooperstown, NY) - Internships

National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) - Internships

National Louis University (Skokie, IL)
Unpaid Internships and Practica in circulation, archives/special collections, inter-library loan or reference.
Contact Carol Moulden: 224-233-2235; -cmoulden, at

National Park Service (various locations) - Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

National Public Radio (Washington, DC and Culver City, CA) - Internships

New York Public Library - Internships and other positions

New York Public Library, Music Division - Hosts interns interested in archives and or Music Libraries

Newberry Library (Chicago) - Internships and other positions

OCLC (Dublin, OH) - Internships and other positions

Princeton University (NJ), Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library - Fellowships

Santa Clara County Library (Los Gatos, CA) - Internships

Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) - All Internships

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History - Archival Internships

Society of the Cincinnati Library - Internships

Southern California Library Cooperative - From Interns to Library Leaders (FILL) Program
Although not stated on the website, GSLIS students are eligible to apply.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (Chicago) - Internships and other positions

State Farm Research Center at the University of Illinois (Champaign) - Strategic Resources Internship Programs
Contact -sfrc, at

University of Texas, School of Information - JobWeb Database
Can be searched for Internships

United Nations Headquarters (New York) - Internship Programme

United Nations (other locations) - Internships

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC) - Internships

Yale University Library (New Haven, CT) - Internships/Fellowships

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