• NYPL Empowered Internship

  • Overview

    The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.


    The New York Public Library’s NYPL Empowered Internship is a diversity focused library summer internship program for High School students that recruits from the city’s specialized high schools serving new American students. The intern will be given the opportunity to learn about different areas across NYPL, including AskNYPL’s virtual reference services, specialized research centers, neighborhood libraries and more.


    Principal Responsibilities

    Under direct supervision, the intern will observe and interact with the diverse functions of NYPL to gain an understanding and experience in the many functions of the library.  Tasks will include:

    • Assist with library programs and outreach initiatives
    • Meet with specialized members of our library community (reader’s advisory, support staff, content specialists, outreach specialists, etc.) and learn about their work
    • Create a report that documents activities observed and the skills demonstrated by library staff
    • Perform other related duties as required

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Good interpersonal and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated reliability and flexibility  
    • Interest in serving the mission of The New York Public Library
    • Basic computer skills, including Google programs, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    Work Environment

    Ability to travel to multiple locations


    15 hours per week for 5 weeks

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