100 total hours, $1,500
Offered annually in the spring semester

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Gain practical professional experience in a special-format academic library. This apprenticeship with CU Boulder University Libraries offers hands-on experience working with our Map Librarians. (Learn about the Map Collection.) Apprentices potentially will work on several projects (as time permits). Examples of past topics include:

  • metadata creation and editing for a collection of historical mine maps;
  • researching the origin and coverage of aerial photography films;
  • locating center points for various flights of historical aerial photographs to prepare for inclusion in GIS.

The apprentice will also learn about preservation of maps, blueprints and aerial photographs. The apprentice will gain experience in organizing and describing materials with current metadata standards, using various tools for geo-location, and employing best practices for preservation of geospatial materials. This apprenticeship is a great opportunity to supplement your graduate studies with hands-on experience.


  • Currently enrolled as a library & information science graduate student for the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with geospatial materials preferred, but not necessary

Additional Information

This program is offered annually in spring, beginning in late January and running through May of the same year. The Apprentice is expected to complete approximately 100 hours sometime during CU’s spring semester (approximately 6-8 hours per week if stretched out over the semester). The Apprentice will be paid $15.00/hr, up to $1500 for the semester. The Apprentice will need to work between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To apply

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript

Applications for Spring 2023 are now closed. Please check back in mid 2023 to learn about opportunities for Spring 2024.