SMU Libraries Internships

Internships for SMU Students 

All internships are unpaid, offered year-round, and available to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. They can be for academic credit or not.  

Bridwell Library Digital Collections Internship 

  • Receive training on research, digitization, Photoshop editing, and metadata creation in Excel and CONTENTdm
  • Have the opportunity to plan, execute, and market a project from beginning to publication
  • Work with materials that include historical manuscripts, early printed material, literature, and archaeology

To apply: Send your resume and a brief cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the program to bhowdeshell@smu.edu.

Norwick Center Digital Humanities Internship

  • Receive training in the digitization and cataloging of primary materials for use in academic research
  • Have the opportunity to design a Digital Humanities project based on interests and time commitment
  • Work with materials from across SMU Libraries  

To apply: Send your resume and a brief cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the program to ncds@smu.edu. 

Internships for Library & Information Science Graduate Students

Priority deadlines for applications: 

Fall semester – June 15 
Spring semester – October 15 
Summer semester – March 15  

Research and User Experience Internship

The primary goal of this program is to provide future librarians with the authentic professional opportunities and support to become qualified for academic library jobs and start them on a track of leadership within the profession.

Each intern is given librarian-level opportunities in:

  • Research Support - staffing our service desk, chat service, and research consultations
  • Classroom Instruction - teaching information literacy to first year writing students
  • Project work and committee assignments – in areas like Collection Development, Instructional Design, Web Design and User Experience, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Access, and Event Planning and Outreach

This is a paid internship. The interns are a part of a diverse team that work and learn together. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in Library Science.

To apply: Email the Director of R-UX Intern Program, Jonathan McMichael, jmcmichael@smu.edu

Digital Collections Internship

This internship is hosted in Norwick Center for Digital Solution’s (nCDS) state-of-the-art digitization center.

The internship:

  • focuses on digitization, metadata creation, digital collections management, and digital preservation
  • may also include tutorials on other areas, such as marketing and outreach, social media, documentation, specialized training in CONTENTdm software, web usage analysis, and/or digital archiving

This is an unpaid position. Hours are negotiable based on number of credit hours with a maximum of 20 hours per week.   Applicants must be, at minimum, 2nd semester graduate student in LIS.

To apply: Send your resume and a brief cover letter stating your interest in the practicum to ncds@smu.edu. 

Cataloging and Metadata Internship

Collections & Technical Services at Southern Methodist University Libraries offers a semester-long internship (about 120 hours).

Each intern will gain experience in:  

  • Fundamentals of cataloging, metadata, and authority work 
  • Proficiency with tools such as integrated library systems, classification tools, etc. 
  • Understanding terminologies and key resources used in the field 
  • Successfully completing a cataloging project 

This is an unpaid internship. Internship hours must be completed between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, on-site at Fondren Library. Applicants must be graduate students in LIS who have completed two cataloging/metadata courses.  

To apply: Submit a resume and letter of interest to Rahni Kennedy, at rbkennedy@smu.edu.