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The Alaska State Library Internship Project is designed to provide an intern for 8-weeks to a public library during the summer of 2021.

2021 Internship Opportunity


Location: Sitka
Library: Sitka Public Library
Project Title: User Experience
Project Dates: July 5-August 28th, 2021

Project Summary:  The ideal library is one that provides a welcoming space for everyone. During this project, the intern will use the book Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to your Library as a guide, as they work through each of the principles of user experience design and evaluate 19 crucial touchpoints at the Sitka Public Library. 

The goals of the project are:

  • Discover how users interact with library services, facility, and online resources
  • Uncover what patrons value and do not value at the library
  • Identify issues and make immediate changes and long-term goals


Internship Application Process

The internship position has specific qualifications that need to be met. For this position, the candidate 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 

Instructions on how to send your letters of recommendation are found under 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 19, 2021.

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.

Public Library Coordinator

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Julie Marie Niederhauser
Subjects: Library Outreach

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About the Alaska State Library Internship Project

The Alaska State Library Internship Project will bring one intern who has recently or is 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 2021. The goal of this project is to provide assistance to a public library in Alaska that lacks staff expertise to sustain a long-term project that will benefit their library and community. Additionally the project will provide an internship and professional development opportunity for an MLIS student 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