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Now Open: Botanical Illustration Internship Digital Library Services HistoryPin Internship Multimedia Blogger Internship Research and Learning Services Internship

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.

Current Internships

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Star Botanical Illustration Intern (now accepting applications)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in botany or horticulture.
  • Member of the Special Collections & University Archive Department. Reports to the Head of SCUA.

Shown right: An example of the type of illustrations being processed by interns.

Star Digital Library Services Intern (now accepting applications)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in web development or libraries.
  • Member of the Digital Library Services Office. Reports to the Interim Head of DLS.

Events Intern (currently filled)

Communications/Public Programming Team with Robin Ventura
  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in event planning, public relations, advertising, strategic communications, development or libraries.
  • Member of the Communications/Public Programming Office. Reports to the Senior Communications Specialist.

Shown left: the Communications/Public Programming team at a 2013 fundraiser with White Sox manager, Robin Ventura.

 

 

Graphic Design Intern (currently filled)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in graphic design or advertising.
  • Member of the Communications/Public Programming Office. Reports to the Senior Communications Specialist.

Star History Pin Intern (now accepting applications)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in history, education, communications, marketing, geography or libraries.
  • Member of the Special Collections & University Archive Department. Reports to the Head of SCUA.

Instructional Video Intern (currently filled)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in educational technology, strategic communications or multimedia production.
  • Shared between the Communications/Public Programming Office and the Research and Learning Services department. Reports jointly to the Senior Communications Specialist, Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Star Multimedia Blogger Intern (now accepting applications)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in social media, public relations, advertising, strategic communications or libraries
  • Member of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program. Reports to the Head of OOHRP.

Oklahoma Oral History Research Program Intern (currently filled)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in humanities, social sciences, higher education or archives.
  • Member of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program. Reports to the Head of OOHRP.

Star Research and Learning Services Intern (now accepting applications)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in libraries, design history or instruction.
  • Member of the Research and Learning Services division. Reports a RSL Librarian.

Social Media (Public Outreach) Intern (currently filled)

Interns snapping pictures for the social media accounts.
  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in social media, public relations, advertising, strategic communications, development or libraries.
  • Member of the Communications/Public Programming Office. Reports to the Senior Communications Specialist.

Shown right: Interns from the Communications/Public Programming team snap photos for the social media accounts.

 

Social Media (Special Collections) Intern (currently filled)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in social media, public relations, advertising, strategic communications, history or libraries.
  • Shared between the Communications/Public Programming Office and Special Collections and University Archives. Reports jointly to the Senior Communications Specialist and the Head of SCUA.

Wikipedia Intern (currently filled)

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in social media, digital humanities or archives, museums and libraries.
  • Reports to Oral History Librarian and works collaboratively with a number of library researchers.

Current Internships Portfolio Samples What to Expect Impact

 

Portfolio Samples

24-Hour Access, Spring 2013

Each semester, the Communications/Public Programming Interns develop a mini-campaign to announce the 24-hour access during Finals and Pre-Finals Weeks. Concepts, strategies and tactics are all developed in hands-on collaboration with full-time team.

Campaign Collatoral

 

Halloween Special Promotion, 2013

Interns participated in the conceptualization, writing and shooting of a short feature video, and in promotions of a social media contest and press kit highlighting ghost reports in the Library.

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Ghosts in the Library PRess Kit

Ghost Tweets

Submited ghost pictures

 

HistoryPin: Virtual Tour Development

The HistoryPin Interns built the Library's HistoryPin presence from the ground up, including multiple virtual tours of campus through the ages.

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History Pin Tours

 

Current Internships Portfolio Samples What to Expect Impact

 

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.

 

Current Internships Portfolio Samples What to Expect Impact

 

Impact

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
     

 

Current Internships Portfolio Samples What to Expect Impact