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CSULB Internships for Library School Students: Overview

Deadline for Applications

Application materials for FALL 2023 are being accepted at this time and must be received no later than May 19, 2023

Conditions of Employment

The University Library encourages expressions of interest for 1-2 paid positions for 10-15 hours per week during each Spring and Fall CSULB semester, as funding permits (please note that CSULB semester dates do not always correspond exactly to a quarter calendar).  

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ALA accredited graduate program in library/information science.

In addition, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for participating in internships established by their institution, and must  conform to their institution's guidelines and practices for internships, and must have completed at least one third of the course requirements leading to the Masters degree.

It is a condition of employment that the library school be an active participant with CSULB Library in monitoring progress of the student and working with CSULB librarians to provide mentoring. While the library strives to accommodate student's schedules, the majority of the experience is during regular business hours.

The Internship Experience

The paid library internship at California State University, Long Beach is designed, and is intended, to provide the successful candidate(s) with a professional experience in librarianship, an experience that will allow the intern(s) to both evaluate academic librarianship as a possible career and prepare the intern(s) for professional opportunities.

Librarian interns will be assigned one or more CSULB librarians as mentors, based upon their subject interest/expertise as well as upon the needs of the library.

They will be scheduled to work alongside their mentors at the library reference desk and will participate in the library's web-based 24/7 reference service.

They will receive orientation to the library's collection development processes and will collaborate with CSULB mentors in materials selection.

They also will have the opportunity to observe one or more bibliographic lectures, then to "team teach" a future session with their mentor, and, subsequently, develop and lead course integrated instructional sessions of their own.


CSULB Library mentors will be prepared to discuss each intern's progress with the individual(s) themselves and will expect to have regular meetings/discussions with the intern's library school site coordinator/supervisor.

The objective is to provide each intern with real life experience in a variety of professional activities and functions in a busy and progressive academic library.

CSULB Non-Discrimination Policy

In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state laws, CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. An EEO Employer.