Nashville Public Library seeks a qualified intern to assist staff with curatorial responsibilities focused on the Wilson Collection, a collection of limited edition books from Arion Press and the Limited Edition Club. Responsibilities will involve documenting the collection through data entry and digitizing; assisting with the preparation of exhibitions or displays, including writing exhibition labels and text; and promoting the collection by drafting copy for blog posts. The intern may also assist staff in planning public programs.
Applicants should be students with an interest in museum studies, studio arts, art history, or related fields, wishing to explore career pathways in the visual arts. Applicants must be reliable, with the ability to work independently and with accuracy. Strong writing and editing skills are necessary. Experience and familiarity with object-based research and writing, or museum and gallery exhibits, is highly desirable. Ideal candidates have an enthusiasm for communicating with diverse audiences about the importance of the visual arts.
Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week (minimum 100) with weekday availability; otherwise flexible scheduling.
The Nashville Public Library Foundation is seeking a qualified intern to help with the Foundation's events this fall, including Literary Award events and some Salon@615 author talks and receptions. Responsibilities will be focused on assisting with event planning for the silent auction portion of the Literary Awards gala, and may include helping with phone calls, letters, writing copy for auction materials, and preparation and assembly of auction packets. The intern may also assist at author talks, by representing the Foundation to the public and facilitating the collection and distribution of information. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of event planning for non-profits and to assist with events that feature best-selling authors.
Applicants should be students who are reliable, punctual, organized, and self-directed, and have the ability to work independently and efficiently. Applicants will need independent transportation and must be available one or two weekends in the fall (exact dates to be determined). Ideal interns have a passion for books and public libraries.
Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-12 hours per week (minimum of 100-150) with weekday availability; otherwise flexible scheduling.
The Nashville Public Library's practicum offers both breadth and depth of experience through a carefully structured sequence of assignments in different divisions and branches of the Library system, followed by an extended assignment in an area of professional interest. Within the established guidelines, efforts are made to accommodate academic requirements, previous experience, professional goals, and a variety of work or school schedules, so that the practicum is tailored to the needs of individual students.
Practicum students agree to a schedule of assignments created by Volunteer Services, but division or branch managers are responsible for specific assignments at each location and designate appropriate levels of staff supervision. Students may shadow staff or may be assigned independent responsibilities, including circulation, reference, collections management, programming, patron services, and staff support.
Applicants should be currently enrolled students in an MLIS or other similar program of library studies or information sciences. Preference may be given to applicants who have previous experience volunteering and/or working in libraries. Applicants must have reliability, commitment and enthusiasm for learning; they must have the ability to work well with a diverse team in varied locations and with diverse patrons; excellent communication skills; and the ability to work independently. A clearly defined area of professional interest is desirable.
Unpaid internship usually pursued for-credit; 10-15 hours per week (minimum of 150); some weekday hours desirable, otherwise flexible scheduling.
Nashville Public Library seeks a qualified intern to assist staff with research and recommendations for improving library displays. Responsibilities include researching applicable retail merchandizing techniques, assessing current library displays at select locations, and making recommendations for more effective displays. The project may include implementing some of the recommendations and assessing their impact on library patrons.
AApplicants should be students with a background in design, merchandising, business or marketing, interested in applying their skills to the public service sector. Interns must have the ability to work independently with minimum structure, and exhibit creativity and resourcefulness. Excellent communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse team and in a diverse community are necessary. Ideal candidates have an enthusiasm for libraries. Interns must also have reliable independent transportation.
The Special Collections division of the Nashville Public Library seeks a qualified intern to assist with public history initiatives that explore history and cultural identity, encompassing themes of diversity and human rights. Possible projects for fall include assisting with the planning and marketing of a "Conversations@NPL" program, and assisting with additional public programs of the division as needed.
Applicants should be students with an interest in history, political science, education, public history or communications, and must have strong writing skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse team and diverse community participants are necessary. Familiarity with planning and implementing educational or public programs is desirable. Interns should also have the ability to work independently with minimum structure, and exhibit creativity and resourcefulness. Applicants must have reliable independent transportation.
Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week (minimum of 100 hours); weekday availability and some evenings or weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.
Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions seeks an intern to assist with the creation of new puppets, sets, and props for two shows scheduled to debut in 2015. The intern will model and build new puppets, and assist with building sets and props, including painting, as needed. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a creative team and contribute one's artistic talents to the Library's tradition of storytelling through puppetry.
Applicants should be visual arts students with the ability to sculpt figures; demonstrated experience with clay modeling and the casting process is desirable. Ideal candidates have enthusiasm and creativity, and a commitment to the visual arts and theater arts.
Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week (minimum 100 hours); must be available Saturdays and some afternoons; otherwise flexible scheduling.