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 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 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.

Darien Library User Experience (UX) team is looking for a motivated, analytically-minded student to reinvigorate our 3D printing program. The intern will be responsible for testing, diagnosing problems with, and repairing our fleet of 3D printers. Additionally, the intern will be responsible for coming up with a system for managing a “printer queue” that manages the increasing demand for 3D prints. Finally, the intern will be encouraged to present ideas on how 3D printing can be offered as a service in the library setting and given the resources to try out those ideas.

What will you learn from this internship?

  • You will learn to work in a team setting on a project that has a direct impact on customer service.
  • You will learn about working with hardware vendors while maintaining their products.
  • You will learn how to manage a budget for repair and replacement of parts.
  • You will learn how to address real-world challenges with practical procedures.
  • You will learn about what goes on behind the scenes in a world-class library.

Prospective candidates should have to following:

  • A strong desire to provide excellent customer service.
  • A predisposition toward technology.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbally.
  • Curiosity about the world.

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