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The Libraries Internship/Residency Program 2013-2016

The Internship/Residency position has been filled through 2016.

Sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries and
the Rutgers' School of Communication and Information


The Libraries Internship/Residency program reflects the university's long standing commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, and its efforts to increase diversity in academic librarianship. The program is designed to provide one student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Rutgers with an intensive three-year exposure to the various aspects of professional work within an academic library such as reference, instruction and information services, collection development, access services, administration, digital library systems, preservation, and special collections. The internship rotation and residency may be tailored to reflect the successful candidate's personal interests and long-term career goals.

The program is jointly administered by the Library and Information Science (LIS) Department of the Rutgers' School of Communication and Information and the Rutgers University Libraries.

Manuel Jusino

Conditions and Benefits

Admission to the program is competitive and requires a commitment of three years: two to complete the MLIS degree taking nine credits per semester and working twenty five hours per week in the Libraries (full-time during the summer), and upon graduation, one year in post-graduate residency.

Annual compensation is $39,191 with a complete package of benefits, including medical coverage, tuition remission and one month vacation.

For consideration, candidates must send their resume and a letter of intent (maximum two pages). Concurrently, candidates must also submit an application to the Rutgers MLIS program and be admitted for September 2013.

For information on admission into the Rutgers' MLIS program, please see:


Potential candidates for this internship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an individual who will contribute to the university's goals of diversity and inclusion. Please see: http://diversityweb.rutgers.edu/mission.php and http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/diversity_resources
  2. Possess a baccalaureate degree and be admitted to the Rutgers University Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program but not a current student already taking courses in the MLIS program.
  3. Be interested in developing a career in academic librarianship.
  4. Be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to work in a team environment, and to show evidence of leadership potential.
  5. Must be able to make a commitment to fulfill the residency component of the program in the Rutgers University Libraries after graduation.
  6. Must provide verification to certify eligibility for U.S. employment.

Information on past Libraries Intern/Residents

Profile of Lonnie Johnson, the 1998-2001 Intern/Resident, from the Rutgers University Libraries Spring 1999 Report newsletter

Profile of Angel Falcon, the 2001-2004 Intern/Resident.

For more information please contact:
Lila Fredenburg
Director for Administrative Services
Rutgers University Libraries
c/o Alexander Library
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

The RUL/SC&I Residency is truly a special program. It has provided valuable experience in every area of academic librarianship, while also offering a much broader introduction to both faculty life and organizational management in general. I am especially grateful for the wonderful professors and colleagues that make this program what it is and I only wish that more young people could benefit from the opportunity it provides.
     Gideon Thompson
     Rutgers University Libraries Intern/Resident 2010-2013