Career Services

Intern Job Descriptions

  1. Institutions interested in providing an internship on a regular basis should negotiate a written job description with ILS (through the office of the Director of Admissions or the Coordinator). This description should include specific tasks to be performed, expected entry level skills, normal scheduled hours, supervisor's name and position, and location of the internship.
  2.  Job descriptions may be revised to meet various skills of individual interns and demands of the institution, but specific tasks must be agreed on before an intern is placed.
  3.  Interns are expected to meet reasonable dress code and time schedule requirements as determined by the institution.
  4.  Institutions may release an intern before the end of a semester's experience, or an intern may terminate the position with an institution before the end of the semester. In either case, due process will include first   establishing a conference among the intern, the supervisor, and the coordinator of internships for ILS. Resolution of problems should come from this meeting, but should the problems continue in the opinion of any of the parties involved, the internship can be terminated.
  5.  Typical areas of responsibility for interns include (under the guidance of an on-site supervisor):
  • Development and/or management of database
  • Classification and organization of materials and data, including indexing and abstracting
  • Preservation of materials
  • Provision of reference services and bibliographic instruction
  • Programming of activities for specific groups (children and young adult reading and storytelling activities; outreach to business groups or retired individuals; information assistance to individuals with a  disability)
  • Developing means for presentation of information, electronically or in print.
  • Conducting information and communication audits
  • Undertaking analysis and design of information systems     
  • Development or refinement of Web sites