The 2018 program is expected to run from Monday, May 21st to Monday, June 11th. Students on Internships are expected to work at their Internship Site for 5 hours per day in lieu of attending class. Student applications will be due to us by Monday March 5th, and interviews will be held the following week of March 12th.

Application Due Date: Monday, March 5th

Are you the most connected friend in your circle-- always texting and spending time on social media? Are you constantly pushing what you’ve loved on others-- whether books, music, movies or the latest thing you’ve just discovered? Join the Adult Programming and Community Engagement team at Darien Library! The Community Engagement Intern will assist in developing marketing materials for a wide range of services, as well as generating content for a variety of social media platforms. The selected candidate will be charged with the creation, development, and implementation of a small project -- uniquely your own -- to enhance the work of the Adult Programming and Community Engagement Department.

What will you learn from this internship?

  • Writing experience, presentation skills and thoughtful social media engagement
  • Visual merchandising experience
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Marketing and outreach services to the community

Prospective candidates should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Top-notch writing skills
  • A voracious appetite for reading, watching, listening and sharing
  • Capacity to perform detailed work consistently and accurately
  • Strong technological aptitude, including familiarity with social media
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

This position reports to the Head of Adult Programming and Community Engagement.

Are you a health-minded research junkie? If so, this internship is for you! Knowledge and Learning Services (KLS) wants to expand our selection of health and wellness materials for teenagers, and is looking for a student to take the lead on this project. The selected student will conduct a survey of their peers to find out what topics are of highest importance to the teen community of Darien, and will then use that information to analyze the library’s current materials, purchase new materials, and develop a teen-focused health and wellness collection. 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!

During the internship, the following areas of library service will be considered:

  • Ready Reference Skills
  • Collection Development
  • Information Needs Research

The final project will be:

  • Developing a health and wellness collection with a teen focus, specific topic to be determined.
  • Recording a short video promoting the collection to appear on the library’s Darien Reads Instagram page.
  • Curating a list of materials from the collection which can be shared with the community.

This position reports to the Head of Knowledge and Learning Services.

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 the 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.

Did you know Darien Library is one of most highly rated public libraries in the nation? It is known and emulated for its unique approach to customer service, technological innovations and community outreach. If you love to read, enjoy talking about books and interacting with people then you might be interested in an internship with the Reader Services Department of Darien Library. As an intern, you will work at the Welcome Desk, assisting patrons with all circulation responsibilities including book recommendations, new patron registration, reservations, shelving and maintaining displays. In addition, you will also help with Summer Reading programs and 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 Readers' Services.

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 and 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 kids.

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

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