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Program Office/Description: 

Established in 1818, the New York State Library is comprised of two major units: the Research Library and the Division of Library Development. The Division of Library Development works in partnership with the state’s 72 library systems to bring cost-effective, high quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries. Staff experts work with librarians, trustees, public officials, and local leaders to solve problems and find new ways of making library services and resources available to their communities.  Library Development administers more than $130 million in state and federal aid to New York’s libraries and helps libraries take full advantage of federal and private funding programs.

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

These positions provide a unique opportunity to gain a broad understanding of New York’s 7,000 libraries, 72 library systems and the services they offer New York residents.
Interns will work primarily with statewide youth services programs including Summer Reading at New York Libraries, Ready to Read at New York Libraries and Transforming Teen Services OR primarily with the State Aid for Library Construction program which provides $34 million in 21/22 for public library construction, renovation and broadband infrastructure projects.
Activities for all of the students include, but are not limited to:  research; data collection, analysis and presentation; webwork and social media such as preparing website materials, facebook, blogs, etc.; program planning and coordination; contacts with customers; meeting planning and organization; exhibits and presentations; report writing; grant-related activities; use of online systems; PR and communications, etc

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

Graduate Student Interns have multiple opportunities to learn about New York State's statewide library infrastructure of 72 library systems and 7,000 libraries. Students learn about statewide library programs, policies and procedures from Library Development staff and State Library/OCE leadership.  Students meet with LD staff individually to learn more about the unit's operations, policies and procedures.  Students learn about state and federal programs related to improving library services. Students receive tours, participate in team, unit, Librarywide, OCE and SED staff meetings, attend Regents meetings and other professional meetings as appropriate, to help them better understand the scope of New York State Library statewide services and programs. Students receive training in agency/office policies and procedures, use of agency/office hardware and software tools, SED email, numerous online information and data systems and other tools needed to carry out their assignments and projects.

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

These positions are open to matriculated graduate students at participating SUNY schools. Preference may be given to those who are pursuing a Masters in Library or Information Science or a combined Bachelors/Masters in Library or Information Science or a PhD, and/or those who may be interested in working in other information agency environments upon graduation. However, any student interested in public policy, planning, research and management, political science and government, communications and marketing, history or education would find this position of interest.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (including spreadsheet (Excel) and database (Access) creation), social networking tools, and written and oral communication are highly desirable. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently are important. 


Students must be able to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. 

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to   Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-F21-1) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
New York State Library, Division of Library Development

Sharon Phillips and Natalie McDonough

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Fall 2021
Pay Rate: