Internship Opportunities

Internships are offered throughout the year at various art and architecture libraries across the Twin Cities. If you are a librarian and would like to add an internship opportunity to the list, email us at

American Craft Council, Archives Intern

Expected start date and length: Ongoing

Contact information:
Jessica Shaykett
American Craft Council
1224 Marshall Street NE
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612-206-3118

Brief description of the library/collection: As a program of the American Craft Council, the library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing over 6,400 books, 7,000 exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, a substantial collection of artist files and an accompanying database, the library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The library collection is non-circulating and open to the public Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

Status (paid/unpaid/credit): Unpaid or school credit. The Archives Intern must be available a minimum of 5 hours per week sometime between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Possible duties:

  • Processing incoming, as well as existing, materials to the archives
  • Contributing data to archival finding aids and building descriptive content around archival materials
  • Digitizing select items for addition to the library's content management system (CONTENTdm)
  • Assisting with answering archival reference and research requests
  • Executing proper care and storage of items including documents, photographs, recordings and artifacts
  • Communicating regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks


  • Preferred coursework in archival studies and/or experience working in an archives or library setting
  • Capacity to read and understand materials and documents and recognize and extract critical data and information
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Interest or background in contemporary art/craft and craft history


University of Minnesota Libraries, Arts and Architecture Collections Intern

Expected start date and length: Ongoing

Contact information:
Deborah K. Ultan Boudewyns
Arts & Architecture Librarian
University of Minnesota
89 Church Street
210 Rapson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-1638

Brief description of the library/collection: The arts collection consists of 300,000+ volumes and 300 journals covering in depth the history of art, with strengths in American Art, French 19th century, and contemporary art with a focus on performative arts. The theater and dance collections are growing in scope with a focus on international praxis. The architecture and landscape architecture collection consists of 150,000+ volumes and 125 journals with a strong focus on the history of architecture and landscape architecture, contemporary architecture, sustainable architecture, and historic preservation.

Status (paid/unpaid/credit): paid or school credit

Possible duties: Could involve any or all responsibilities related to the subject librarian which may include collection development, teaching, special projects, exhibition assistance, and reference.

Requirements/qualifications: Strong interest in the subject areas with a degree or experience either in studio arts, museum work, art history, architecture, or performing arts, etc.; interested individuals should be heading into, enrolled in, or have just completed an MLIS program.