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Graduates with both field-specific experience and a broad range of research skills are more likely to advance in their careers long term. Each year, the University of Kentucky Libraries is proud to support professional and academic development for students of all disciplines through assistantships and internships at our seven campus locations. These paid positions provide students the unique opportunity to develop highly transferrable research skills in supportive, professional settings on campus. 

Assistantships

UK Libraries is one of the largest employers of student workers across the University of Kentucky. Day, evening and night shifts are often available at several of our campus libraries.

To apply for a student position with UK Libraries, visit the University of Kentucky's online employment portal

PAID INTERNSHIPS

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Be a Diversity Scholar

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. 

Internships span the academic year and begin in the 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 fall. 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. 

Recommendation letters and additional questions about UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Internships can be directed to Jen Martin at jen.martin@uky.edu

Contact

EDI Committee

Email
ukl.marketing@uky.edu
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Join the Learning Lab

Build your expertise on a topic of interest using rare primary sources.

UK Libraries 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. Through the course of this internship, students will: 

  • Arrange and describe archival collections in their area of research interest and promote access to those collections
  • 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.  

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for Learning Lab Internships are accepted in the Spring, through the University of Kentucky online employment portal where students are asked to: 

Additional information about applying for UK Libraries Learning Lab can be found on our Student Jobs FAQ page and any questions may be directed to Carol Street at carolstreet@uky.edu.

Contact

Carol Street Undergraduate Research Archivist

Email
carolstreet@uky.edu
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Refine Your Creative Skills

Become a communications expert with UK Libraries' Marketing & Communications team.

UK Libraries' paid internships in Marketing & Communications allow students with a passion for graphic design, digital marketing, and multimedia production 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.
  • Work with Adobe Creative SuiteCanva and/or other design and video editing programs to create promotional and informational resources
  • Design and draft content for digital displays and website

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for our Marketing and Graphic Design internships are accepted each spring and will be available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal, where students will be asked to:

  • Submit a resume and cover letter. 
  • Provide a project example the student has created for use in a marketing context.

Internships span the academic year and may begin as early as June.

For more information on UK Libraries' Marketing and Graphic Design Internship or the application process, contact the UK Libraries Marketing and Communications Department at ukl.marketing@uky.edu.

Contact

Shanna Wilbur Director of Marketing

Email
ukl.marketing@uky.edu

Student Ambassador Program


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Become a member of UK Libraries' outreach team.

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: 

  • Promote library 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. 
  • Provide feedback on library services. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the Student Ambassador Program are accepted each fall.

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.

For more information on UK Libraries' Student Ambassador Program or the application process, contact Jen Martin at jen.martin@uky.edu.