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PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Program
Santa Fe Public Library was selected to participate in the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), which offers a paid, summer-long internship for a high school student at the library. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship.
We are currently recruiting for a motivated, public-service minded high school student between the ages of 16-19. Could you be our III intern?
Public libraries represent the diversity of the communities they serve. In alignment with PLA’s strategic goal of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, III was piloted in 2017 as a pathway program to increase diversity in public librarianship. Since its inception, 152 high school students at 117 libraries in 42 states have learned about careers in librarianship.
Through community-based projects developed by the interns, many libraries have been able to reach new audiences and create partnerships that had not been possible before. In the 2018 evaluation, 99% of responses reported that the intern’s projects were rated as highly valuable by both interns and mentors.
The mission of the Santa Fe Public Library is to inform, enrich and educate the members of the community by creating and promoting access to a diversity of ideas and information, and by supporting lifelong learning and reading. In accomplishing its mission, the library honors the community’s unique cultural heritage and traditions, while preparing its community members for the future.
Santa Fe Public Library serves our communities in three locations, as well as virtually. Services include access to print material, media, information and reference services, programming for all ages, technology and technology assistance. Though the Library explicitly supports diverse communities in its mission and core values, its staff does not mirror community demographics. Only 10% are Spanish-bilingual. There is a critical need to recruit and support local talent, particularly from underrepresented communities, in order to serve the City of Santa Fe well.
Programming, Outreach and Library Services
This summer, our III intern will work with mentor Librarian at Santa Fe Public Library to serve Santa Fe communities during the annual Summer Reading Program. The III intern will work with a designated mentor to develop and promote inclusive teen and emerging adult programming.
Internship Tasks and Responsibilities
With their mentor, our intern will develop a connected learning project to be completed over the summer. The intern is expected to spend dedicated time writing, reflecting, and sharing about their experience.
Under the guidance of the library mentor, intern must:
- Contribute to the design and delivery of a connected learning project
- Report to designated mentor
- Ability to work from home and from any of the three Santa Fe Public Library branches as needed
- Engage in virtual and in person community programs
- Provide outreach to City of Santa Fe youth
- Work up to 35 hours per week in the library to complete the project
- Spend dedicated time writing about and reflecting on the experience
- Participate in monthly virtual learning and networking opportunities
- Complete short, biweekly surveys
- Be comfortable sharing successes, challenges, opportunities across the III cohort
- Ability to participate in a PLA virtual kick-off event June 21-22, 2021
- Ability to participate in a PLA virtual wrap-up event September 25-26, 2021
Intern will be paid a stipend at the end of their internship equaling to $12.32/hour
- Intern must be entering their junior or senior year of high school, or first year of college
- Strongly preferred that applicant know and speak basic Spanish
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Self-directed and able to work with little supervision
- Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
- Proficient computer, technology and social media skills
- Applicants should have an interest in libraries, as well as a passion for public service and community work
If the selected Intern needs assistance accessing computer and/or internet remotely, the library will provide these for them.
Benefits and Importance of Internship
The relationship between the intern, mentor, and Library is a symbiotic one and benefits all involved. By the end of the summer, the Intern will increase skills in their identified project areas. They will also more fully understand the scope of library work and be able to identify how their interests and skills match that work. Mentors will develop leadership, communication, and coaching skills. Participating libraries will better understand how to engage and support diverse students while also creating career and programmatic pathways to increase diversity.
Please Note: The PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative funds library internships this summer for 50 high school juniors and seniors from diverse populations. Libraries are instructed to select interns that reasonably reflect the diversity of the community it serves. All steps of the application, interview, and selection process will be driven by the goals and scope of the PLA grant.
How to Apply
Complete and return the Internship Application along with one letter of recommendation from a teacher, other school official, community partner, or librarian. We will review applications, select candidates, and schedule interviews in early June.
Submit your application and letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also drop off your application in person at any of the three Santa Fe Public Library branches during curbside services. Hours for curbside service are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12 (noon) – 5:30 p.m.
For questions or assistance contact Jessica Gulliford at email@example.com.