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Gain practical professional experience in a fast-paced academic library. The University Libraries are looking for two Public Services Apprentices who will receive training in research competencies and issues that are essential to new academic librarians.

The apprentices will provide research assistance in person and virtually in a major academic library that serves a world-class research university. The apprenticeship requires a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend hours. The application process begins in May. Selections are made in July in preparation for an August start date. The apprenticeship is a great opportunity to supplement your graduate studies with experiential learning.

Apprentice Duties

  • Provide research assistance at the Norlin Library Research Desk
  • Staff the Library’s chat reference service
  • Attend trainings, workshops, meetings, with ample opportunity for professional development
  • Other projects or duties are possible based on the interests of the applicant and needs of the library


  • Must have a strong customer service orientation and a desire to provide high quality research assistance
  • Currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS program over the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Completion of or current enrollment in a library reference/research course
  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship

Additional Information
This is a two-semester (or longer) program with an anticipated start date of late August. Apprentices are expected to complete 140 hours over the course of CU’s Fall Semester (approximately 10-12 hours per week) and 120 hours over the course of CU’s Spring Semester (approximately 8-10 hours per week). Apprentices will receive a stipend of $1,500 per semester after successful completion of the program.

To apply, send the following materials to Cindy Knight at cindy.knight@colorado.edu:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invite interested and qualified individuals to apply for internships or practicum in librarianship, archives, museum studies, and information science. Internships with the University Libraries offer the freedom and flexibility to create a practical professional experience that fits students' library/archives/museum/information science interests and career goals.

Complete the online application form.

Please complete the online application and we will contact you to discuss options.  We recommend that students begin the application process the semester before they would like to begin the internship.

Requirements and Credit
Applicants should be current students or recent graduates from a program in library science, archives, museum studies, or information science. We will consider other qualified applicants on a case-by-case basis.  Interns, their supervisors, and advisers from their programs will determine scheduling, projects and goals before the internship begins. The Libraries will work with the academic programs to ensure academic credit is given when applicable. Currently, all internships and practicum are unpaid.
NOTE: While we appreciate your interest, internships are at the discretion of University Libraries. The number and types of internship opportunities available at any one time varies throughout the year. Therefore, opportunities matching your areas of interest may not be immediately available. 

Over the course of the year, the University Libraries has several departments that look to hire student employees with work-study grants. You can find listings of hiring departments on the CU Boulder Student Jobs Board. Library jobs can typically be found by searching "Library", "Libraries", or "Norlin." By clicking on the "Details" link of a job posting, you can find the supervisor to whom you can email the job application below.

Student Job Application

Campus-wide, the Student Employment Office, located in Regent Hall Room 205, helps students locate jobs. Many campus departments and community businesses recognize the unique contribution students can make in the workplace and seek to provide job opportunities for students. Whether you’re a student looking for a job, or an employer wishing to hire a student, the Student Employment Office can help.

Are you interested in volunteering for the University Libraries? If so, please send an email to libvolunteers@colorado.edu with your contact information and areas of interest. You will be contacted by a staff member within three business days to explore your potential involvement further.

NOTE: While we appreciate your interest, the use of volunteers to assist library staff is at the discretion of University Libraries. The number and types of volunteer opportunities available at any one time varies throughout the year. Therefore, opportunities matching your areas of interest may not be immediately available.