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 (interns have opportunities to work on ongoing and intern-initiated library projects unique to their interests)

Applicants must be enrolled in an LIS program (including those starting next semester). This is a paid position. Interns will need to be on campus 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. 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 SMU Libraries and make them freely available over the Internet on the SMU Libraries 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.

To apply, please send your resume and a brief cover letter stating your interest in the practicum to


Cataloging and Metadata Internship/Practicum
Collections & Technical Services
Southern Methodist University Libraries

Collections & Technical Services at Southern Methodist University Libraries seeks applicants to host to complete an internship in cataloging and metadata.  The semester-long internship (about 120 hours) will give the successful applicant experience in the fundamentals of cataloging, metadata, and authority work.

Exit outcomes for the internship include:

  •     Familiarity with cataloging and metadata work and proficiency with the tools used to achieve it (i.e., integrated library systems, classification tools, etc.)
  •     Understanding of the terminologies and key resources used in the field
  •     A demonstrated ability to successfully complete a cataloging project

Priority will be given to applicants that want to use the internship to complete the fieldwork/practicum requirement for the MLS degree though all applications will be considered.  However, all applicants must be currently enrolled in a library science program.  Completion of 2 cataloging/metadata courses or one course in addition to relevant experience is required prior to beginning the internship. Internship hours must be completed between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, on-site at Fondren Library Center on the Southern Methodist University main campus in Dallas, TX.  This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, submit a resume and letter of interest to Rahni Kennedy, at

Priority deadlines for applications are as follows:

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