The Public Library Association (PLA) is accepting applications from public libraries interested in participating in PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) for the summer of 2018. Last year, PLA piloted this internship program designed to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship. The project was a tremendous success, and PLA is proud to offer III once again with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grant RE-00-17-0129-17).
PLA will sponsor paid, mentored summer internships at public libraries for 50 high school juniors and seniors. With individual guidance from a mentor, each intern will engage with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services, while also completing a connected-learning project on behalf of their host library.
In addition to identifying an appropriate intern, participating libraries must:
- Assign a staff person to serve as a mentor
- Develop a connected learning project in conjunction with the intern
- Offer approximately five hours per week of one-on-one mentoring and coaching
- Attend a June kick-off event in Washington, D.C. and a September wrap-up event in Chicago
- Be comfortable sharing successes, challenges, opportunities across the III cohort, within the library, and to community stakeholders
- Comply with applicable nondiscrimination laws, including but not limited to those in the Assurances and Certifications, throughout the grant award and the intern application and selection process