Staff Resources

Academic Library Internships at SMU

Research and User Experience Internship

  • R-UX Interns will have the opportunity to engage in librarian level work through:
  • Teaching (designing, planning, and conducting library instruction sessions for undergraduate classes)
  • Offering Research Services (staffing hours at our research desk as well as scheduled consultations with SMU students)
  • Improving library user experience through special projects (students will have opportunities to work on ongoing and intern-initiated library projects unique to their interests)

We are looking for students already enrolled or will be enrolled in an LIS program. Interns will also need to be able to be on campus at SMU for 15-20 hours a week.

We are always looking for candidates that are :

  • Proactive
  • Critical and strategic Thinkers
  • Perceptive
  • Collaborative
  • Service-Oriented
  • Able to Embrace and Inspire Change


The goal of this program is to give interns the opportunities and support to become highly competitive for entry-level academic library jobs. Jonathan has mentored over 30 LIS graduate students. Many have published or presented about their internship experience. Nearly all have gone on to careers in academic librarianship at leading universities and colleges. 

Please send your resume, questions, and/or comments to Jonathan McMichael at

Digital Collections / Digital Humanities Practicum
Norwick Center for Digital Solutions

Available: Academic year and summer semester.
Graduation Status: Minimum, 2nd semester student.
Salary: Unpaid. Academic credit for MLS program.
Hours: Negotiable depending on number of credit hours. Maximum 20 hours per week.

TASKS: The Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS) will provide hands-on experience and training in digital collections development of cultural heritage items. nCDS is working to digitize the extensive special collections holdings of the Central University Libraries and make them freely available over the Internet on the CUL Digital Collections web site. The practicum focuses on digitization, metadata creation, and digital collections management. Students may also elect to focus on other areas such as marketing and outreach, social media, documentation, specialized training in CONTENTdm software, web usage analysis, and/or digital archiving.

REQUIREMENTS: Graduate student. Able to learn quickly and take initiative. Computer skills. Interest in digital humanities and digital collections.