Darien Library is looking for six Darien High School Senior interns during the 2016-2017 Spring Semester. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 5th. Interviews will take place during the following week.

Do you enjoy working with youth? The Children’s Library is looking for a student who is passionate about Children's literature and is friendly, creative, and has a penchant for technology. The Children’s Library Intern will assist with outreach visits, storytimes, and collection maintenance during the spring term.

The following areas of library service will be explored during the internship:

  • History of Children’s Services
  • Collection overview and development
  • Program planning and offerings
  • Outreach services to the community

The student’s final project will be the planning, conducting, and evaluation of a program for kids.

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Passion for working with youth
  • Strong technological aptitude
  • Ability to work independently

This position reports to the Head of Children and Teen Services.

Do you enjoy working with youth? The Teen Lounge of Darin Library is looking for a student who is passionate about YA literature and is friendly, creative, and has a penchant for technology. The Teen Lounge Intern will assist with outreach visits, programs, and collection maintenance during the spring term.

The following areas of library service will be explored during the internship:

  • History of Teen Services
  • Collection overview and development
  • Program planning and offerings
  • Outreach services to the community

The student’s final project will be the planning, conducting, and evaluation of a program for teens.

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Passion for working with youth
  • Strong technological aptitude
  • Ability to work independently

This position reports to the Teen Services Librarian.

Do you love to read? Do you enjoy talking about books? Do you thrive interacting with diverse groups of people? If so, you might be interested in an internship with the Readers’ Advisory department of Darien Library. As an intern, you will work at the Welcome Desk, assisting patrons with circulation responsibilities including in-person and online book recommendations, new patron registration, reservations, shelving and maintaining displays. In addition, you will also be charged with the creation, development and implementation of a small project--uniquely your own--to enhance the work of the RA department.

What will you learn from this internship?

  • Invaluable customer service skills
  • Project management tools
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Visual merchandising experience
  • Writing experience, presentation skills and social media engagement
  • Experience with all operations and departments of the library

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Strong computer and technology skills
  • Capacity to perform detailed work consistently and accurately
  • Ability to deal pleasantly and effectively with the public, as well as the staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A genuine love of books and reading
  • The ability to work collaboratively

This position reports to the Head of the Welcome Desk.

Are you a coding ninja who loves Jeopardy? If so, this internship is for you! Knowledge and Learning Services has a trove of historical information from Darien newspapers and is looking for a student to create a simple database to be used by Library staff and the public. In addition, the KLS intern will be assisting at the Reference Desk, learning how to provide reliable answers to the dozens of questions that are asked every day. No two questions are alike, and you never know what the next question will be!

What will you learn from this internship?

  • Ready Reference skills
  • Basic database development
  • Archival research

The final project will be creating a database that will index historic articles from Darien newspapers.

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Inquisitive mind
  • Strong technological aptitude, including coding experience
  • Ability to work independently This position reports to the Head of Knowledge and Learning Services.

Are you the most well-read friend in your circle? Are you always pushing what you’ve loved on others? Join the Book Group team at Darien Library! The Book Group Intern will assist in planning, marketing, and assessing the Annual Book Buzz, a large-scale, interactive event where the public is invited to meet the stars of the publishing industry and become the first “in the know” about new books on the horizon. In addition, the Intern will be charged with collection maintenance, creating marketing materials, and helping to facilitate a book group discussion.

What will you learn from this internship?

  • Library and Publishing trends
  • Event Planning experience
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Book Group facilitating skills

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • A voracious appetite for reading and sharing
  • Capacity to perform detailed work consistently and accurately
  • Strong technological aptitude
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

This position reports to the Programming Librarian.

Are you working in a team these days? Yes you are. Will you lead a team some day? Of course. Intern with the administrative team at Darien Library to see how management skills are developed and utilized. Learn that management skills are not a given, but instead learned over a lifetime’s practice, built up skill by skill. It’s not about you, it’s about the team.

What will you learn from this internship?

  • The ins and outs of Nonprofit Management
  • Long range planning
  • How to lead productive team building exercises
  • Budgeting
  • Responding to personnel issues

We’ll give you some ideas, and point you to some reading (this is a library, after all.) And, depending on your interests and skills, we’ll find an interesting project for you to do.

Prospective candidates should have to following:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A desire to lead
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Capacity to perform detailed work consistently and accurately

This position reports to the Director of the Library.

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