Current Opportunities

Library Assistant - Summer 2019 - The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington, D.C. is seeking a graduate student in Library and Information Science for a practicum opportunity. We are a small academic library with membership in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Our materials are oriented towards psychology and counseling materials, and include a unique collection of over 150 different psychological assessments.

No experience in health sciences is necessary, but an interest in psychology would ensure a good fit for any practicum participant. Applicants should be enrolled in the CUA LIS program and be able to devote at least 10 hours per week to on-site practicum work. The DC campus library is managed by a solo librarian, so students will have the opportunity to shadow and participate in all aspects of academic librarianship, in addition to taking on a project of their own choosing for the duration of the practicum. Potential projects include: reference and instruction evaluation; weeding and collection development; accessioning and copy cataloging; programming and student engagement; website improvement and updates for the DC library website; psychological assessments collections research; and open access/open educational resources.

Any questions about this position should be sent to Taylor Diken at More information about TCSPP and the DC library can be found at

Library Assistant Intern -Summer 2019

ACLI is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. Its member companies offer life insurance, annuities, pensions, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, and other retirement and financial protection products. It serves as a unified voice on issues from retirement security to international trade. ACLI develops policy, participates in public debate, and works directly with the U.S. federal government, international financial institutions, and state insurance regulators, as well as insurance supervisors from around the world.

 The intern program is designed for you to become a part of our team and gain experience working within a trade association in our on-site library. No experience in insurance or financial services is necessary. Interns do not receive salaries, but they are eligible for a transportation subsidy, have access to the on-site gym, and receive occasional invitations to attend various special meetings, receptions, etc. ACLI will support any opportunity an intern has to receive course credits or other benefits through their university for this internship. Internship hours are flexible, with part- and full-time applicants considered. ACLI is considerate of interns’ class times and school holidays.

ACLI is searching for interns to work with the Knowledge Management Specialist 2-3 days a week to help reorganize our library and put together our new library management system.  Interns should have some cataloging knowledge using Library of Congress and MARC records, as well as creating original catalog records. They will also help arrange the books in call number order on the shelves, weeding duplicates, boxing/storing books available in digital format or those in a fragile/damaged state and creating a storage/archival record for these books.  Ideal candidates would be seeking a Master’s degree in Library Science, and in good academic standing. Please send resumes to .


Ongoing Practicum Opportunity at the Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Department of Human Services

Duties: Review library materials and make recommendations for additions, deletions, and improvements. Organize materials to better serve the needs of the agency. Update existing materials as replacements arrive. Create inventory-control system to reflect material location when borrowed from the library.  Catalog all existing materials and create an electronic database.  

If interested, contact: Janice Jewson, Administrator, Office of the Attorney General
Maryland Department of Human Services


Spring 2019 DOJ Practicum Opportunity

The Department of Justice Libraries offer ongoing unpaid internships in Washington, D.C. to library science graduate students interested in gaining work experience in a federal law library setting. Practicum opportunities are available for those with an interest in reference, research and web design as well as digitization and technical services.
No law degree or legal experience necessary.

Sample activities include:

  • Gain research skills working on real-world questions.
  • Help develop and maintain intranet pages and research guides for the DOJ Virtual Library.
  • Create intranet finding aids for un-cataloged library collections such as Attorney General Memoranda or Legislative files.  Create e-legislative histories of statutes enforced by DOJ.
  • Assist in implementing an electronic discovery service, integrating it with DOJ databases.
  • Digitize important paper collections, increasing accessibility to DOJ researchers, including those with disabilities.

We are looking for motivated, self-starting library school graduate students able to work  eight hours a week or more.  Successful applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and enrolled in a degree program.  We will assist a student in obtaining academic credit.

To apply, please email resume and references to and  The application deadline for Spring 2019 is Friday November 9, 2018. 

The University of the District of Columbia is seeking MLIS students!

The ideal candidate:

– has a passion for helping people and unfaltering patience

– is able to offer technical assistance to students (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web, Blackboard and copying and printing support)

– can juggle multiple responsibilities at a time

– loves learning and helping others learn

– takes initiative and is not afraid to ask questions

Our student population is diverse in every sense of the word and the library combines elements of a university library, a community college library, and even a public library. The practicum student must commit to 8-10 hours a week. The student will staff the reference desk, and take on a project for the duration of the semester. Projects can be related to instruction, the library website, online instruction tools, assessment, collection management, or another area of interest in academic libraries. As a small library, we have many opportunities, and the project can related to a particular area of interest for the student.

The hours can take place anytime between the hours of 9am and 10pm Monday-Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. (Note: Students cannot complete the entirety of their field study on Saturdays).

Please email with your resume and areas of interest.

Spring 2019 Internships with Smithsonian Libraries

Part-time opportunities are available to both undergrad and graduate students and have flexible dates. Brief project descriptions are below but full details are available at:

Explore the worlds’ largest museum library system while gaining valuable skills in information science! Apply for the Smithsonian Libraries Spring 2019 General Internship program. Applications due November 16, 2018.

Art & Artists’ Files

The Smithsonian Libraries artists’ files are an exceptional resource for art historical research. Researchers rely on artist files to establish chronologies, flesh out exhibition histories, review stylistic developments, and assess the critical reception of artists over time. Through this project, an intern will learn how to evaluate items for retention and deaccession; update the physical housing of the collection to current archival standards; reorganize and relabel folder content according to best practices; and reconcile collection holdings in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Art & Artist Files Database. The intern will also have the opportunity to select material and highlight it through blog posts, social media content and small exhibits.

Collection Maintenance & Weeding

Just as weeding is necessary to grow a garden, weeding a collection is one of the most essential practices a library can do. A responsive collection enables patrons to easily find what they need, creates room for new voices and perspectives, and presents the library as a more credible source for information. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library's spring intern will participate in cultivating a world-class collection of research materials on modern and contemporary art responsive to the current needs of today's museum staff.

Serials Collection Maintenance

The intern will learn more about serials collection processing at the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex. He/she will learn how to survey and consolidate the serial holdings of a widely held title across multiple locations in the Smithsonian Libraries network. The intern will analyze holdings records in the Smithsonian Libraries’ online catalog, SIRIS, locate and verify holdings on branch shelves, and document findings.

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All Practicum Opportunities

The following is a short list of just a few of the exciting practicum opportunities that have been available to students in the Library and Information Science program throughout the last few years. Also check internship and practicum check postings on our jobs blog.

  • Carnegie Institution for Science

  • U.S. Catholic Mission Association
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.docx): Organizing and cataloging

  • U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
    Information management, storage and retrieval

  • District of Columbia Office of Public Records
    Cataloging, creating finding aids, processing accessions, instructional design, retention schedule development, development of electronic records management policy, exhibit creation

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
    Develop pathfinders, web page, library brochure

  • Franciscan Monastery
    Description of practicum, 2013 (.pdf): Cataloging

  • The George Washington University
    Library instruction development, delivering

  • National Park Service
    Description of practicum, 2013 (.pdf): Working with photographic archives through research, digitization, cataloging and conservation; Federal records management, archives, photographic archives
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.pdf): Work with NPS staff to develop an intuitive master organizational structure for images, including criteria for retaining images and deleting others; solicit input and refine this framework to address user needs/expectations; upload all retained images through Lightroom to Flickr and add appropriate tags and metadata; develop Standard Operating Procedures for CHBA staff to maintain and add to collections; and train staff as needed in use of Lightbox and Flickr features to ensure SOPs will be followed.
    Description of practicum, 2013 (.pdf): Archives, digitization

  • Library of Congress
    Archives, cataloging, research, records management

  • Middle East Institute
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.docx): Collection development, weeding, system updates, catalog editing and preservation of rare materials

  • National Agricultural Library
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.docx): Organize, inventory, create databases and archival finding guides for special collections of photographs, catalogs, papers and memorabilia; website page creation and content building; bibliometric analysis of e-journals; and more.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame
    Cataloging, acquisitions, serials management, reference

  • National Geographic
    Archives, cataloging, research, records management

  • National Library of Medicine
    Archives, cataloging

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
    Reference, cataloging, exhibits

  • National Public Radio
    News and broadcast library reference, collection maintenance, web page development

  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
    Description of practicum, 2013 (.pdf): Research, curatorial projects, exhibits, archives

  • U.S. House of Representatives
    Description of practicum, 2016 (.pdf): Research photographic collections, social media outreach

  • Smithsonian Gardens
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.docx): Cataloging and metadata

  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Description of practicum, 2015 (.pdf): Management and improvement of database

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Cataloging, reference

  • U.S. Supreme Court
    Research, reference

  • Washington Research Library Consortium
    Creating metadata for digital collections

  • White House Historical Association
    Research and create metadata for digital image collection