Employment Opportunities with UK Libraries


Student Positions

UK Libraries offers numerous paid and compensated opportunities for students at the University of Kentucky. Select a link below to learn more: 


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 three 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

Diversity Scholar - Nunn Center

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. 


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 Jen Martin at jen.martin@uky.edu

Learning Lab - Breckinridge

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. 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 and 2020-2021 cohorts were accepted to the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Learn more by visiting the Learning Lab's webpage


Applications for Learning Lab Internships are accepted each spring. Applications will be made available for the next application cycle 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.
  • 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 carolstreet@uky.edu.

Marketing - Appreciation Day

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, TwitterInstagram, 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. 

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.


Applications for Marketing and Graphic Design Internships are accepted each spring. Applications 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 MiKayla Carter at mikayla.carter@uky.edu.


Ambassadors - Young Library

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.


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 jen.martin@uky.edu.


HOURS for May 17, 2021