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Office of the State Librarian Digital Equity Graduate Student Intern

OCE-FA22-5
Program Office/Description: 

The New York State Library has two paid internship opportunities for Graduate Students to directly support the State Librarian during the Fall
2022 semester and ideally through Fall 2023. This is a new internship focused solely on digital inclusion and digital equity, and an opportunity
to be part of an important statewide initiative. New and current graduate students are encouraged to apply; technical experience in the field is
not required. The Digital Equity Intern will assist NYSED in facilitating the Intergovernmental Work Group on Digital Equity, a committee of
state agencies advising on and implementing the Digital Equity Act and Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program. The intern will
work within the department and with external stakeholders and community anchor institutions across the state, including libraries, educational
institutions, community-based organizations, state agencies, and more. The intern will also work closely with the ConnectAll Office as they
develop the State Digital Equity Plan. This opportunity is part of a larger effort supporting greater statewide equity in libraries, schools, and the
communities we serve.

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

Duties will include: working closely with State agencies currently engaged in digital equity work; helping to develop and implement a
networking strategy for partner organizations; facilitating collaboration among diverse stakeholders and sectors; representing NYSED and the
ConnectAll Office in discussions on digital fluency and equity; evaluating initiatives and making recommendations for opportunities within the
statewide digital equity ecosystem; serving as a statewide resource for digital equity information, research, and best practices.

Assignment Type: 
Hybrid
Professional Development Plan : 

Reporting directly to the State Librarian, the Graduate Student Intern will have opportunities to learn about New York State's statewide library
infrastructure of 72 library systems and 7,000 libraries, as well opportunities to learn about the operation of the State Research Library.
Students will learn about statewide library programs, policies and procedures from Library Development staff and State Library/OCE
leadership. Students will meet with the State Librarian and other members of the State Library s leadership team 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, Library-wide, 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: 

Minimum qualifications include enrollment in a graduate degree program, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative setting, and preferably
two (2) or more years of full-time professional work experience and experience with or knowledge of the state government environment. This
position is open to matriculated graduate students at participating SUNY campuses. Preference may be given to students pursuing a Master
s or PhD in Library or Information Science; 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.

Schedule/Hours: 

This assignment may be remote, onsite, or hybrid. The pay rate for this position is $16.20/hour.
We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our work and in our hiring.
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Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to internships@nysed.gov.  Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-FA22-5) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Location: 
Albany
Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
New York State Library/ Office of the State Librarian
Supervisor: 

Lauren Moore

 

Number of Interns Requested: 
2
Degree Level: 
Master
Semester: 
Fall 2022
Pay Rate: 
$16.20/hour