UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives hosts internships designed to provide meaningful, professional experiences for UNLV and Master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) students by aligning their academic studies and career goals with projects in Special Collections and Archives. Intern responsibilities vary from semester to semester, depending on the Libraries' business needs and priorities. Interns may assist with archival processing, digitization and metadata creation, and reference and instruction.
To request an internship in UNLV Special Collections, please complete the online interest form.
- To align internships with appropriate projects and staff members, Special Collections requires at least 10 weeks notice for an internship request.
- Internships are typically 10 hours/week over the course of a semester (individual MLIS program requirements may vary).
- Internships may only be scheduled during business hours, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Benefits and learning outcomes for interns
- Practical application of communication, research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, which demonstrate the real-life value of University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.
- Develop transferable skills in collection management, description, instruction, and outreach areas (particularly helpful to students pursuing careers in libraries, museums or archives).
- Professional development through guidance in professional communication, interview skills, online professional profiles, and job search strategies, etc.
Benefits for the Libraries
- Foster mutually beneficial relationships with other colleges on campus and graduate programs within the profession.
- Leverage the subject expertise of students from a wide variety of disciplines.
- Improve public discovery of collections by enhancing the quality and increasing the quantity of online collection descriptions.
- Interns raise awareness of Special Collections among their peers and instructors through sharing their experiences on social media, incorporating Special Collections material in their academic research, and becoming an ambassador for the Libraries.