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Pepperdine Libraries Multicultural Internship Program

The Pepperdine Libraries’ Multicultural Internship Program aims to give undergraduate students from diverse and historically underrepresented communities an opportunity to learn about the broad spectrum of career options available at an academic library through a semester-long internship at Pepperdine University Libraries. 

Program interns will have the opportunity to participate in the range of functions of an academic library by completing working rotations in each department within Pepperdine’s undergraduate library, Payson Library, as well as Pepperdine’s graduate campus libraries. Interns will gain an understanding of the major functions, essential contributions, and interrelationships of the many library units, including the contributions of our many specialist and liaison librarians. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to attend and participate in instruction sessions, librarians’ meetings, and library and university events. Depending upon the interns’ interests and librarians’ availability, interns may also assist with chat and email reference, participate in usability testing, observe collections decisions, assist with online teaching, engage in outreach, and/or accompany librarians on working trips to local conferences, libraries, and museums.

Interns will each complete a capstone project focused on one area of librarianship, determined mutually by the intern’s interests and the needs of the library.

Duties

The interns will complete shifts in each area of the library, including:

  • Public Services, Reference, and Instruction
  • Special Collections and Archives
  • Digital Collections
  • Technical Services and Cataloging
  • Genesis Lab Makerspace
  • Graduate Campus Libraries

Where appropriate, the interns will attend library staff meetings, library events, and external events.

Interns will each complete a capstone project focused on one area of librarianship, determined mutually by the intern’s interests and the needs of the library. This project will be presented to library staff at the conclusion of the internship. Possible projects include: 

  • Library display(s) (physical and/or virtual)
  • Data collection for a study of library services’ learning outcomes
  • Conference presentation on a topic related to the intern’s work in the library (in collaboration with a supervising librarian)
  • Systematic literature review with findings on a topic in service to the advancement of Pepperdine Libraries.

Outcomes

  • Interns will experience the unique characteristics of academic library work firsthand.
  • Interns will gain hands-on experience in a variety of library departments, and thereby gain an understanding of how the nature of work can vary significantly between internal units of the organization.
  • Interns will build relationships with librarians and library staff that can translate to valuable mentorships and professional references.

How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for fall 2022 internships. Stay tuned for an announcement about 2023 internships.

If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please contact Katrina Gallardo at katrina.gallardo@pepperdine.edu with the subject line "Multicultural Internship Application Question."