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Information about the Ask A Librarian Internship at Columbia University Libraries

Applications are closed. The internship will be open for applications again in June 2022. Thank you for your interest!

Columbia University Libraries Ask A Librarian Paid Internship

Columbia University Libraries seeks applicants for the remote Ask A Librarian Internship. The Ask A Librarian Internship provides current and recently-graduated library school students with hands-on experience in various areas of 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. Additionally, interns will work with their supervisor to conduct a specific project, which can be conducted remotely or in-person, such as designing and delivering a workshop session, creating topical research guides, or processing special collections. Interns will be assigned to a project based on their interests and project 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 school students and recent graduates are highly encouraged to apply. 


No positions are currently available. The internship will be open for applications again in June 2022. 


The internship will be conducted remotely. Interns residing in the New York City area will have the option to conduct project work at Columbia University’s Morningside Campus if desired.




The schedule is variable, but requires six hours of chat reference staffing during evenings and/or weekends, and four hours of working on a project and meeting with their supervisor, for a total of 10 hours per week. Anticipated evening and weekend chat reference hours include Monday-Thursday 5pm to 8pm, and Saturday or Sunday 12pm to 6pm (Eastern Time). 


  • Provide research assistance to users via chat reference

  • Refer users to appropriate Libraries departments or staff members

  • Successfully complete a project as directed by an intern supervisor

  • Meet with intern supervisor once per week

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent program in the United States, or have graduated from a MLS program within the past year and be a U.S. resident

  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Coursework or experience in research services/reference

  • Ability to evaluate, understand, and respond to research questions

  • Strong commitment to service

Applicant Instructions

Applications are closed. The internship will be open for applications again in June 2022.

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