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Paid Internships

The OSU Library launched its internship program in 2005. It now boasts a robust internship program spanning multiple units and providing career experience for students entering the fields of art, strategic communications, history, botany and more.

Internship Information

What to Expect

  • Work with a faculty or staff mentor who will guide your work and provide career advice.
  • Contribute to the assigned unit at the level expected of an entry-level professional.
  • Apply creativity to solve problems and develop new approaches to your assignments.
  • Produce professional-level work suitable for portfolio samples.
  • Develop skills relevant to the field of work.


Most of the alumni of the Library's internship program have gone on to build careers in their areas of study. Former interns now work in advertising and communications firms, other higher education communications units, nonprofits, online marketing companies, sports communications, and major event venues. Here's what some of our alumni say about the program:

My time as an intern at the OSU Library prepared me for life after graduation more than any other internship, job or class did. It gave me a chance to use and apply what I learned in the classroom in a professional environment. I was able to get a taste for a variety of areas within the strategic communications field - from writing press releases to helping plan major fundraisers to managing a professional social media presence. These experiences were invaluable to employers after I graduated, and my standard for my first full time job was an office where I could grow as much and feel as comfortable as I did at the Library.

Emily Nielsen, Social Media (Public Outreach) Intern Fall 2011 to Spring 2013

I owe where I am in my career now to my time interning at the Edmon Low Library. I am thankful for the work ethic, interview skills, and real world design experience I gained. The library atmosphere encourages finding new solutions and expanding knowledge beyond your field

Ruth Mudroch, Graphic Design Intern Spring 2008 to Spring 2009