As an undergraduate student, there are several opportunities to help inform library services, resources, and programs, while receiving credit and getting paid for your time. Our internships are located throughout the Libraries, and across the Commonwealth. In these experiences, students can expect to learn about working in academic libraries and also do meaningful work that benefits both them and the University Libraries.
Bednar Internship Program
Established in 2000, this program was created through an endowment by Donald Hamer and Marie Bednar. These internships occur during the academic year or over the summer. Internship positions change on a yearly basis and have included learning how to bind a book in our Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization Department, planning outreach events in Library Learning Services or at our Thun Library, and conducting statistical appointments through the Research Informatics and Publishing Department.
In this experience, student interns use their disciplinary backgrounds to inform public facing work that benefits both internal and external library users. As an intern, the student has a supervisor that serves as a mentor and also helps connect them to relevant colleagues across the Libraries. In addition to the home department, student interns also meet regularly with the cohort of other interns through a community of practice. This group reflects on their internship experiences, collaborates on group projects that support future interns, and get to know more about the University Libraries. For an idea of the work completed by our past interns, check out our 2021 Student Employee Showcase and look for students with the title of “Bednar Intern.”
Student applicants must be a junior or senior, and in good academic standing. For questions on this internship program, please contact Rebecca Waltz, Interim Associate Dean for Learning and Undergraduate Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional internship opportunities
Please contact the person listed to learn more about these opportunities and any openings.
The Stelts-Filippelli intern supports the exhibition program in the Special Collections Library and gains curatorial experience by conducting research, retrieving materials, writing and designing labels and other exhibition texts, building mounts to exhibit materials safely, and managing the installation and de-installation of exhibitions. The intern also focuses on the principles and methods of conserving library and archival materials and will obtain hands-on experience in carrying out these principles under the direction the Senior Book Conservator. Contact: Clara Drummond (814 863 5388).
The Robert and Carol Klaus Undergraduate Internship
in the William and Joan Schreyer Business Library
This paid (not for credit) undergraduate internship enables business students to participate in active and collaborative learning experiences. Students may serve as peer educators for Management 301, the heavily enrolled course that is an entrance to the major for all Smeal College of Business Students. Klaus interns may also help librarians promote the Business Library's events, collections, and services. For more information, contact Diane Zabel, Benzak Business Librarian and Head of the Schreyer Business Library at email@example.com.
James E. Wright, Jr. and Helen K. Wright Memorial Endowment
in the Life Sciences Library
This paid (not for credit) undergraduate internship enables students to participate in active and collaborative learning experiences within the Life Sciences Library. Interns may help librarians promote the Library's events, collections, displays and services. This opportunity is located at the University Park Campus and all majors are invited to apply. For additional information, contact the Life Science Library at 814-865-7056 or John Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org