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W&M Libraries Ask A Librarian Internship

About our intership program

W&M Libraries Ask A Librarian Paid Internship (remote, hybrid, or in person)

Each year, William & Mary Libraries accepts applications for our Ask A Librarian Internship.  This 10-hour/week internship can be remote, in-person, or hybrid and provides current library school students with hands-on experience in academic librarianship.  Interns will receive training and support from a librarian supervisor in order to assist users through the Ask A Librarian chat reference service and through individual consultations for approximately 6 hours/week.  Additionally, the intern will complete another project related to reference and instruction, assigned based on interest and availability.

The Ask A Librarian Internship Program seeks to provide meaningful working experiences that relate to the goals and interests of the intern. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Library & Information Science students and recent graduates are highly encouraged to apply. We are also interested in providing this experience to those who are interested in academic librarianship but have not yet had the opportunity to gain such experience.

This position is for the fall semester, with the possibility to extend. The call for applications is released each summer.




The schedule is variable, but requires six hours of reference service (chat or consultations) and four hours of working on a project and meeting with the supervisor, for a total of 10 hours per week. 


  • Provide research assistance to users
  • Refer users to appropriate Library personnel as needed
  • Successfully complete projects as directed by intern supervisor
  • Meet with intern supervisor once per week

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library science program or have graduated from an MLS program within the past year, and be a United States resident
  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to evaluate, understand, and respond to research questions
  • Demonstrated interest in academic librarianship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in reference or library instruction services
  • Strong commitment to service
  • Preference given to Virginia residents

Questions about this program may be sent to Candice Benjes-Small, Head of Research at W&M Libraries,

We are accepting applications for the 2024-25 academic year until July 1, 2024.

We will be holding Zoom information sessions for interested applicants on:

Monday, June 17, 12 noon to 1 pm (EST) Register at

Monday, June 24, 5 pm to 6 pm (EST) Register at

Tuesday, June 25, 9 am to 10 am (EST) Register at

Applicants should submit a CV or resume, a cover letter explaining how they meet the qualifications and a short statement explaining their goals for this experience with William & Mary Libraries’ Research & Instruction department to 

Has the deadline passed and you want to be notified when our call for applications opens? Sign up online.