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College Internships & Library Practicum

Library internships are designed for college students and are appropriate for many disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, arts, and business. Thoughtfully constructed projects are supervised by library staff who mentor and guide students. Time commitment is usually 100-150 hours during a semester (10-15 hours per week). Available internships change each term.

The Library Practicum is designed for MLIS/MIS graduate students preparing for library careers. It offers both breadth and depth of experience through a carefully structured sequence of assignments in different Nashville Public Library divisions and branches, followed by an extended assignment in an area of professional interest. The practicum is normally a 150 hour commitment within a semester (10-15 hours per week).

During the summer, the Library participates in the Opportunity Now initiative of the Mayor’s Office. Opportunity Now provides opportunities and internships for youth ages 14-18. High school students seeking summer internships should check for more information.

Application Process

Apply online using the form linked at the end of each position description. You may indicate interest in more than one position on the form. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a telephone interview and may be asked to submit additional materials. Applications undergo a thorough review and students will be notified of their status.

The Library offers internships and library practica for spring, summer and fall terms. Position descriptions, requirements, and qualifications are posted for individual positions as they become available, up to one year in advance.

Internship and practica are open until filled. Placement is competitive and not guaranteed. We are not able to accommodate late requests or applications.


Internship Available:
Summer 2021
Project Description:

Adult Literacy is a dynamic facet of the Nashville Public Library's award-winning "Bringing Books to Life" outreach program, and the Library is seeking a qualified intern to assist Adult Literacy staff with new projects, in an internship that will be conducted and supervised remotely. The intern will play a role in developing collaborative and innovative approaches to professional development, teacher training and volunteer management. Potential projects include conducting research, improving accessibility of learner resources, and supporting the adult literacy team with virtual programming and events.


Applicants should be college students with a background in education, community development, communications or foreign languages, with an enthusiasm and dedication to serving others.  Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a diverse team and in a diverse community.  Ideal candidates are reliable self-starters, with problem-solving abilities, who exhibit creativity and resourcefulness.  Bilingual skills, expecially in Spanish or Arabic, are a plus.  Applicants who have been directly impacted by adult education and literacy programs are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

Unpaid, part-time internship, to be conducted and supervised remotely, 8-10 hours per week (minimum 100-150 hours); weekday availability, with some evenings and weekends possible; otherwise flexible scheduling.