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 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 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 spring. 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 email@example.com.
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, and conduct a research project that is all their own. 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. Seven students from the 2018-2019 cohort presented at the World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Germany in May 2019. All students from the 2019-2020; 2020-2021; and 2021-2022 cohorts were accepted to the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Learn more by visiting the Learning Lab's webpage.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for Learning Lab Internships are being accepted now through April 18, 2022, through the University of Kentucky online employment portal where students are 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 this list.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and YouTube--while fostering an effective posting schedule and unique brand voice to encourage strong user engagement.
- Work with Adobe Creative Suite, Canva and/or 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.
- Work hands-on with the UK Libraries' website, drafting creative and user-friendly web content.
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. Weekly hours range between 10 and 20.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for 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 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 the UK Libraries Marketing and Communications Department at email@example.com.
Enhance your skills with multimedia production and design with UK Libraries' Marketing and Communications team.
Do you love YouTube, TikTok or Instagram? Do you have a passion for working with video, photo and other multimedia? UK Libraries' paid Multimedia Production Internship empowers creative, motivated undergraduate students to cultivate their skills as a multimedia specialist by working hands-on with student-driven projects for UK Libraries' social media, website and digital signage. Through this internship, students will:
- Provide valuable insight for developing UK Libraries' multimedia strategy on YouTube, TikTok and other online platforms.
- Brainstorm fun ways to engage with students on campus through multimedia.
- Take photos and record and edit videos for library events, services and other promotions.
- Provide support and guidance for multimedia-related questions from library staff and faculty.
- Foster a collaborative work environment with Marketing and Graphic Design Interns.
This internship is open to students with a wide range of digital skill sets, though special consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience in storyboarding, video recording or video editing. Internships span the academic year and begin in the fall. Hours are flexible but may vary based on upcoming events. Total biweekly hours will not exceed 40.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Multimedia Production Internship are accepted each spring. Applications will be made available through the University of Kentucky online employment portal, where students will be asked to:
- Submit their resume and cover letter.
- Provide an example of a multimedia project the student has created for promotional purposes.
For more information on UK Libraries' Multimedia Production Internship or the application process, contact the UK Libraries Marketing and Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Student Ambassador Program are accepted each fall.
For more information on UK Libraries' Student Ambassador Program or the application process, contact Jen Martin at email@example.com.