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The Alaska State Library Internship Project is designed to provide an intern for 8-weeks to three DirLead libraries during the summer of 2018.

2018 Internship Opportunities


Location: Petersburg, Alaska

Library: Petersburg Public Library

Project Title: Youth Collections Improvements

Project Dates: July 2, 2018 thru August 24, 2018

Project Summary: The intern will implement a major, coordinated revamping of the Petersburg Public Library's youth collection. During this collection development project the intern will evaluate, weed, purchase and possibly reclassify picture books, non-fiction and fiction collections in the library's children's room. The outcome of the project will be a cohesive and consistent approach to classification and a streamlined, browsable collection.


Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Library: Anchorage Public Library

Project Title: Community Study

Project Dates: June 4, 2018 thru July 27, 2018

Project Summary: During this project the intern will be conducting a community study which will help the Anchorage Public Library better tailor services provided by each branch, define the specific needs of Anchorage residents who do not live near a branch library, and prepare the groundwork for an upcoming strategic plan.


Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Library: Anchorage Public Library

Project Title: Expanding Services to the Business and Entrepreneurial Community

Project Dates: June 4, 2018 thru July 27, 2018

Project Summary: During this project the intern will help build curriculum that would be of use to those thinking of starting a small business and develop presentations for the business community.  The intern will develop curriculum for presentations/teach at the library based on databases and web sources, augment website to promote business resources and determine a best practice model of providing library services to business by researching services offered by other libraries.

Internship Application Process

Each internship position has specific qualifications that need to be met. For all positions, candidates must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Have completed or are near completion of the MLIS degree
  • Be able to meet the internship project start and end dates

All candidates will be required to: 

  • Provide a current resume
  • Provide a copy of unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be an academic recommendation
  • Provide a one page cover letter explaining why you are applying for an internship, what you hope to learn from the experience and how this experience fits into your future professional plans

Everything in the above list, except the letters of recommendations, may be sent in one email to 

For instructions on how to send your letters of recommendation follow the instructions listed below in Note to recommendation writers. 

In the email subject line, enter: Internship application for [your name].

Complete Online Application

Note for interns

1. Application Period will close: February 15, 2018.

2. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Note for recommendation writers

1. Send letters directly to

2. In the email subject line, enter: Letter of Recommendation for [your name].

Questions? Please call 907-465-2916.

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Telephone: 907-465-2916

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About the Alaska State Library Internship Project

The Alaska State Library Internship Project will bring three interns who have recently or are near completion of their Master's degree in Library or Information Science to work in an Alaskan public library for two months in the summer of 2018. The goal of the project is to provide assistance to public libraries in Alaska who lack staff expertise to sustain long-term projects that would benefit their libraries and communities. Additionally the project will provide internship and professional development opportunities for MLIS students and lead to an increase in the number of MLIS students applying for jobs in Alaska.

Alaska State Library staff will:

  • Evaluate and select projects proposed by the twenty largest public libraries 
  • Solicit and select interns who have completed or are near completion of their Master's degree
  • Provide funds for intern travel costs and a weekly stipend 
  • Serve as the primary supervisor of the interns during their assignments

Selected public libraries will:

  • Design a meaningful and feasible project in which the intern will use his/her professional training to reach project outcomes
  • Provide any necessary supplies or equipment for the project
  • Provide housing for the intern for eight weeks
  • Cooperate with the State Library's Public Library Coordinator on training, supervising and evaluating the intern
  • Be willing to assist the Public Library Coordinator in evaluating the internship pilot project as a whole