Employment Opportunities with UK Libraries
- Campus Jobs
- Paid Internships
- Student Ambassador Program
UK Libraries employs the second highest number of student workers across the University of Kentucky. Day, evening and night shifts are often available at several of our nine campus libraries. To apply for a student position with UK Libraries, visit the University of Kentucky's online employment portal.
UK Libraries offers four paid undergraduate internships that cover a variety of subjects and skill sets to fit a wide array of interests. See below for more information on each internship.
To apply for an internship with UK Libraries, visit the University of Kentucky's online employment portal.
Promote diversity, multicultural awareness and inclusivity in the heart of University of Kentucky academia.
Do you have a passion for promoting the educational benefits of diversity, multicultural awareness and inclusivity? UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Interns play a fundamental role in working with UK Libraries personnel to further the library system's dedication to diversity and inclusivity, spearheading initiatives that diversify the perspectives and information represented in the libraries' collections and services. Through this paid internship, students will:
- Develop outreach initiatives and research projects to enhance diversity goals, presenting them to UK Libraries faculty and staff.
- Interact with library units to learn how they function and assist with projects, particularly through a lens of increasing diversity in research libraries.
- Collaborate with library committees, task forces and/or working groups to create diversity-related activities and events.
- Curate displays that highlight library collections representing diverse perspectives.
Internships span the academic year and begin in late summer/early fall. Click here to learn more about projects and initiatives completed through the Diversity Scholar Internship Program.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for Diversity Scholar Internships are accepted each year. Applications will be available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal, where students will be asked to:
- Submit their resume.
- Submit a short personal essay (500 words) in which applicants should describe their interest in promoting diversity in academic libraries; their actions and commitment to ideas of equity, diversity and inclusivity; and their ability to work in the UK Libraries setting.
- Solicit a recommendation letter from a nonrelative who is acquainted with the applicant's skills, abilities, aptitude, diversity-related activities and commitment.
Additional questions about UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Internships can be directed to Paula Hickner, chair of the UK Libraries Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build your expertise on a topic of interest using rare primary sources.
Are you looking for a paid opportunity like no other at the University of Kentucky? The Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab Internship is a specialized program created to enhance students' skills in research, critical thought and analysis, as well as better prepare students for graduate school, professional research and future jobs. This paid internship targets outstanding undergraduate students from all academic disciplines who want to enhance their studies through training in archival methods and theory. Through the course of this internship, students will:
- Be mentored and taught to arrange and describe archival collections in their area of research interest and promote access to those collections in the broader academic community through creating guides, exhibits and/or transcripts.
- Produce a final scholarly project--such as a poster, conference presentation, paper or exhibit--reflecting on their research.
Internships span the academic year and begin in the fall. All six students from the 2017-2018 cohort presented their research at national academic conferences. Seven students from the 2018-2019 cohort presented at the World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Germany in May 2019. Learn more by visiting the Learning Lab's webpage.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for 2020-2021 Learning Lab Internships are being accepted now through August 12, 2020. Applications are available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal where students will be asked to:
- Complete the application form.
- Submit a brief (250 words or less) essay discussing their interest in and how they would pursue research using a collection of their choice from the Learning Lab's 2020-2021 projects.
- Solicit a letter of reference from a University of Kentucky faculty member.
All recommendation letters and additional questions about UK Libraries Learning Lab Internships can be directed to Carol Street at email@example.com.
Become a communications expert with UK Libraries' Marketing and Communications team.
Do you have a love for design and digital promotions? UK Libraries' paid Marketing and Graphic Design Internship allows students with a passion for graphic design and digital marketing to work hands-on with the libraries' digital and print platforms to expand and promote UK Libraries' brand. Through this internship, students will:
- Develop creative and effective digital marketing strategies to expand and improve UK Libraries' social media--such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram--while fostering an effective posting schedule and unique brand voice to encourage strong user engagement.
- Work with Adobe Creative Suite and other design programs to create and deploy promotional and informational resources such as brochures and flyers for various library events, services and resources.
- Design and draft content for William T. Young Library's digital signage to better engage visitors.
- Attend, work, and take pictures for various events geared toward promoting the libraries.
This role is for innovative students who are imaginative, dedicated and willing to learn. Internships span the academic year and may begin as early as May. Some assignments will be project-focused, so weekly hours may vary based on deadlines and upcoming events. However, total biweekly hours will not exceed 40.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for Marketing and Graphic Design Internships are accepted each year in the spring. Applications will be made available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal, where students will be asked to:
- Submit a resume and cover letter.
- Provide an example of copy or a design the student has created for use in a marketing context.
For more information on UK Libraries' Marketing and Graphic Design Internship or the application process, contact MiKayla Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gain hands-on research experience with library resources while serving fellow classmates.
Do you have a passion for research and teaching? Do you enjoy helping your peers achieve their goals for academic improvement? UK Libraries' Undergraduate Peer Tutor Internship helps students foster these interests within a research environment with one-on-one mentoring from information professionals. Through this internship, students will:
- Participate in, develop and/or lead library-related and library-sponsored projects and activities that develop research and critical thinking skills in their area of studies and interests.
- Acquire expertise in the academic resources of their major discipline as well as general research tools and resources.
- Gain valuable experience in research assistance by helping other students through drop-in assistance, consultation and instruction.
- Provide feedback for the development of tutorials and other instructional materials.
- Network with students and other UK affiliates through outreach activities and student success events.
Internships span the academic year and begin in the fall.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for Peer Tutor Internships are accepted each year. Applications will be available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal where applicants will be asked to:
- Submit a resume and cover letter.
- Solicit a recommendation letter and this completed Recommendation Form from a nonrelative who is acquainted with their skills, abilities, aptitude, co-curricular activities and commitment.
- Provide the name of their reference in the application form.
All recommendation letters, recommendation forms and additional questions about UK Libraries' Peer Tutor Internships can be directed to Debbie Sharp at email@example.com.
UK LIBRARIES AMBASSADORS
Become a member of UK Libraries' outreach team.
Ambassadors are key to the role that UK Libraries plays on campus. Ambassadors are trained in a variety of services and resources the libraries offer in order to promote the library system's brand, services and resources through campus events, classes and social media. Through this compensated program, students will:
- Attend training sessions and monthly meetings.
- Promote UK Libraries' services and exhibits to classes, residence halls and student organizations.
- Engage in outreach events such as staffing tables, K Week and Midterms and Finals events.
- Assist in marketing and social media opportunities.
- Volunteer for events with UK Libraries Philanthropy.
- Provide feedback on library services.
The UK Libraries Ambassador Program spans the academic year and begins in the fall. Ambassadors are compensated $300 at the end of each semester for a total of $600 across the academic year.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the 2020-2021 Student Ambassador Program are being accepted now through August 19, 2020. To apply, please complete this form.
For more information on UK Libraries' Student Ambassador Program or the application process, contact Jen Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.