Internship Program

ACM-Newberry students join the life of the library as paid interns. Interns gain hands-on experience at an independent research library by working in positions across the Newberry’s many departments. These opportunities are an integral part of the learning and research experience of the seminar, and former interns have pursued careers in museum and library fields, including at the Newberry itself.

“I really loved working in special collections. Being able to go into the stacks every week to page or re-shelve books was really a great experience.”

ACM-Newberry Student, Class of 2019

Internship placements reflect the diverse activities which take place at the Newberry. Students have the chance to explore careers in libraries, museums, public humanities, and nonprofit management. While specific internship opportunities change every year, previous ACM-Newberry students have worked in conservation, special collections, exhibitions, digital imaging services, events, development, fellowships, and public programs, among many other departments.

Interns also become part of the Newberry community and build relationships with Newberry staff members. Interns work closely with their supervisors and learn firsthand about the activities of their particular department. In addition to their assigned supervisor and team, ACM-Newberry students have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program that matches them with a professional from another part of the library with whom they might discuss career or graduate school plans. 

“I was interested in studying Native American history, so being placed at the McNickle Center was perfect. Both Rose and Sarah were great to work with, and they were so supportive of my research. By helping them with their programming, I learned so much about how places like the Newberry can educate the public on current issues in the Native community.

ACM-Newberry Student, Class of 2019