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Internship & Job Strategies

Welcome to the SI Career Services Blog!

To help everyone in their internship and job searches, Career Services is launching this blog to create an online community to share our strategies and success stories. Any SI student is welcome to post their story to this blog. The goal is to be able to provide a resource for everyone this year and for students in the following years. Even if you haven't achieved success yet, please share your story. Finding an internship or a job is a process and we want to share that process with everyone. By sharing strategies, we can learn new ideas, try a new approach, and even be reenergized!

Posted by mccato at March 31, 2006 02:35 PM


Hey everyone!

I'm one of the first semester SI Students that just started this January. I attended a tour of the Canton Public library early in the semester (thanks to our ALA chapter). When it came time to think about internships my goal was to get as much experience as possible this summer to see what type of information science careers I like and what I don't like. I figured I'd love to try a public library and see if that's a direction I want to head in. I applied for the AADL PLA position and also contacted the director of the Canton PL to see if they had any positions available for the summer. The director confirmed they did and asked me to come in to meet the Children's library staff (the area where the internship is based). After a discussion about my goals for the summer and what she was looking for in an intern I was offered the position.

I'm so excited to be able to sample what I think I'm interested in doing when I graduate. I’m hoping my experiences this summer will help me determine which classes to take in the next 3 semesters too. I'm only working 20 hours a week so I have time to take on another internship or two (hopefully in a University library setting to round out my experiences).

The lessons I learned from getting this internship is, like David and Tonya keep telling us, to make a list of where you think you might like to work and then network with those companies/libraries to see what they might have available. The CPL didn't post their internship since they prefer to recruit through networking/students they know, so this is also a good example of using your existing connections at SI to get an internship. One other item I noticed is that most library internships are 20 hours a week or less, so don't stress out about finding a full time job. I think it's a great opportunity for us to try several different experiences (maybe a mixture of paid and unpaid too). I also have a second summer coming up so I'm not worried about setting up my internship as a DFE (and I haven't taken 501 yet either).

If you have any questions, please let me know! (emilyhoo@umich.edu) Good luck everyone!

Posted by: emilyhoo at April 4, 2006 02:12 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience Emily! I am sure it will be valuable for people interested in working in libraries

Posted by: choidh at April 5, 2006 06:12 PM

Hey everyone,

This summer I will be interning at Princeton University's Mudd Library. The Mudd houses the University Archives and the Public Policy Papers.

A few months ago I made a list of all the internships I was interested in and noted all the deadlines on my calendar. Somehow, though, the date I wrote down for the Mudd internship was actually two weeks beyond the deadline. I discovered this error less than a week before I had to have all the materials in, and was contemplating not applying. I wrote to the Mudd asking a couple of questions and ended up having a good email conversation with the person who would eventually hire me. Turns out he and another person on the hiring committee are both SI grads. They both also worked at the Bentley, as I do. I decided I had to go for it. Luckily my resume was already in good shape. All I really had to do was write the cover letter. Tonya was awesome and read it over for me even though we were on break and she wasn't technically working.

Amazingly, the search was really was that simple. The most difficult part was getting one of my professors to actually send in the recommendation she promised she'd write (it got there two weeks late). Soon after I had a half hour phone interview. A week later I was offered the position.

Finding jobs/internships is all about networking. I'm sure the connections with SI helped me out. Either way, I can't wait to get started!

Jen (jsharp@umich.edu)

Posted by: jsharp at April 5, 2006 09:06 PM

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