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LAUC-SD Graduate Internship Practicum


Currently, we are not accepting applications. We are in the process of evaluating our intern hosting program to ensure its sustainability and better cater to the requirements of graduate student interns. Please check back in the spring for policy updates.


The UC San Diego Library strives to accommodate interns' schedules, allowing them to create a timetable that works with their classes. While this position is unpaid, it provides valuable library experience and can bolster resumes.

Internship opportunities could potentially be offered in any of the following departments: 

  • Academic Engagement & Learning Services (Reference, Instruction, Liaison Services)
  • Collection Development & Management (development of collections that meet UC San Diego's specific research, programmatic, and instructional needs)
  • Content Acquisition & Resource Sharing (development and delivery of scholarship; planning and allocating space to collections; and development and application of appropriate preservation strategies for physical assets)
  • Metadata Services (Cataloging)
  • Research Data Curation Program (provides assistance with creating data management plans, training on data management best practices, guidance on depositing research data in the Library’s repository, and instruction on research computing skills)
  • Scholarship Tools and Methods (Scholarly Communication, Data & GIS)
  • Special Collections & Archives (curate and preserve rare, historic, or specialized materials, providing access and research support to scholars and the public)

With the assistance of UC San Diego librarians and staff, the intern may work on a variety of projects, as well as manage routine tasks that ensure the smooth operation of a large research library. 

Specific projects will be determined by the needs of the library and interests of the intern, with internship outcomes developed accordingly. UC San Diego librarians will supervise and instruct the intern on proper procedures and library policy and will provide guidance on projects and tasks. Furthermore, the intern will gain insights into academic library operations and will be introduced to current trends and issues relevant to their specific internship.  

The opportunity to apply for a graduate internship with the UC San Diego Library is being extended to current graduate degree candidates in library science and information science. The Library will cooperate in arrangements for school credit, wherever possible.

Hours: Dependent on the internship outcomes and/or project

Work to be done: Will vary by internship and selected intern

Work modality (onsite, remote, or hybrid): Will be determined by the sponsoring library department

Location: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093


Qualifications: Applicants must have completed at least one academic term in their Masters in Library and Information Science program by the time they start their internship.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Basic knowledge of library practices and principles
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community of librarians and staff
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and deadlines
  • Experience with Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Docs
  • Willingness to learn new equipment or software, as required for specific projects
  • Ability to follow library procedures and policies
  • Willingness to contribute professionally and creatively, through presentations and/or discussions, to the UC San Diego Library community

APPLICATIONS: Currently, we are not accepting applications

About the UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the nation's top 25 public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library provides access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public. It’s vast resources and services are accessed more than 87,500 times each day via the Library’s website.


AA-EOE: UC San Diego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.