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Internship Opportunities

Internships at the Van Wylen Library and Joint Archives of Holland provide a valuable opportunity to work with Hope College's professional librarians and archivists to acquire the latest knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in academic librarianship. Hope Library interns have had a high rate of acceptance at the best graduate programs in Library and Information Science.

Library Internships

General Library Internship

Library internships are intended for Hope College students contemplating a career in libraries and considering graduate school in library/information science. This internship will expose students to library professionals from all areas of an academic library and allow interns to tackle in-depth projects matched to their interests, with tangible outcomes that can be shared on graduate school applications and resumes. Interns may engage in projects in Research and Instruction, Access Services, Collection Development, Technical Services, or Rare Books, with topics matched to their interests and library needs. Students with required internships for their major can work with the library to match their projects to their department's requirements. Hours are flexible but typically between Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both paid and unpaid internships may be available.

Students who want to discuss the possibility of a library internship should reach out to any librarian with whom they already have a relationship or to Kelly Jacobsma, Dean of Libraries (jacobsma@hope.edu).

For more information on Academic Internships (for credit) and Registering for Internships students should consult the Boerigter Center.

Digital Liberal Arts Internship

The DLA internship will work closely with the Digital Liberal Arts Librarian to develop an internship focused on learning and developing skills in digital liberal arts methodologies, projects and digital liberal arts librarianship. Potential projects will build digital tools or projects, develop training materials and repositories for supporting the library DLA program, and other special projects. Contact Victoria Longfield (longfield@hope.edu) for more information.

Art/Art History Internship

Established in 2020, this internship provides experience in curation of art and space in the library. The intern will work with library staff to establish the scope of the project, identify compelling works of African American, Latinx, Asian American or Native American artists for library spaces, develop a budget and plan for the acquisition and display of these works. A major/minor in art history or studio art is required. Contact Kelly Jacobsma (jacobsma@hope.edu) or Jessica Hronchek (hronchek@hope.edu) for more information.

Archives Internship

This internship provides students with an opportunity to develop archival skills in a well-established archive that utilizes current best practice and technology. The intern will work with a professional archivist on challenging projects and produce final products that can be used as examples of professional experience. The level of projects and activities will vary depending upon the intern's level of academic preparation and experience. The intern will possibly accompany the director on donor and office visits, learn how to appraise documents, accession a collection, resolve copyright issues, work with researchers on reference questions, engage in donor relations, apply access policies, and participate in appropriate committee and department meetings and discussions. The intern will also arrange, house and describe a collection(s) agreed upon by the intern and the director, producing a finding aid entry that will be entered into the archive's catalog, as well as housing, describing, digitizing, and creating metadata for photographs. Other small projects will be added according to the intern's interests and rate of progress; these may include processing additional collections, working on exhibits, digitizing a small collection and assisting researchers on special projects. Once an intern is selected, a full work plan will be developed describing the intern's activities.

Students who want to discuss the possibility of an Archives internship should contact Geoffrey Reynolds, Director of the Archives (reynoldsg@hope.edu).

Prior Interns

Recent Van Wylen interns have gone on to be accepted at top-tier library and information science graduate programs and many received assistantships in a very competitive field. In their own words: