Intern-Information Desk and Departmental Library

Intern-Information Desk and Departmental Library


University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

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Posted Job Title
Intern-Information Desk and Departmental Library

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks energetic Interns to participate as members of our Academic Engagement and Departmental Libraries teams, receive mentoring by a progressive and seasoned team of professional librarians, and jumpstart your career as an information professional!

Job Description

These interns will serve at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center Information Desk, provide basic reference assistance, research referrals, and informational and directional assistance. Interns will participate in the Libraries' chat and email reference services. Interns may serve at one or more departmental libraries including the Atwood Veterinary Medicine, Levy Dental Medicine, Fisher Fine Arts, and the Penn Museum Libraries.





  • Serve at Van Pelt-Dietrich Information Desk. Hours may include evenings and weekends
  • Answer reference and directional questions
  • Refer patrons to subject and technical specialists
  • Provide project support for departmental librarians in Vet, Dental, Fine Arts, and Museum libraries
  • Projects may include but are not limited to
    • Systematic review assistance
    • Outreach to communities
    • Circulation desk coverage
    • Social media support
    • Exhibits preparation
    • Research impact assessment
    • Event planning and programming
    • Collections analysis, instructional sessions






  • Current graduate student in ALA accredited library or information science program or another graduate studies program.
  • A desire to work in libraries and support a diverse academic community
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong service orientation and willingness to trouble shoot
  • Desire to learn, adapt quickly, and work independently.
  • Desire to explore working in a variety of fields including health sciences, anthropology, archaeology, arts, design, or architecture
  • Desire to work in libraries and support a diverse academic community
  • Flexibility regarding work location
  • Attention to detail


*** REQUIRED*** Please provide a resume and cover letter for consideration. Please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of the application prior to submitting.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$7.25 - $230.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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