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College Internships & Library Practicum

Nashville Public Library offers internships and library practicums for college and graduate school students.  

About Internships and Library Practicums

Library Internships

Library internships are designed for college students with interests in many disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, arts, and education. Students engage in career exploration and complete well-defined projects, supervised by library staff who mentor and guide. Time commitment is usually 100-150 hours during a semester (10-15 hours per week). Available internships change each term.

High school students and youth seeking summer internships should check with the POWER Youth Summer Employment Initiative (formerly Opportunity Now), which offers internships, work experiences, and a job portal for youth ages 14-24. 

Library Practicums

The Library Practicum is designed for MLIS/MIS graduate students preparing for library careers. It offers both breadth and depth of experience through a carefully structured sequence of assignments in different Nashville Public Library divisions and branches, followed by an extended assignment in an area of professional interest. The practicum is normally a 150 hour commitment within a semester (10-15 hours per week).


Application Process

Apply online using the form linked at the end of each position description. You may indicate interest in more than one position on the form. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a telephone interview and may be asked to submit additional materials. Applications undergo a thorough review and students will be notified of their status.

The Library offers internships and library practicums for spring, summer and fall terms. Position descriptions, requirements, and qualifications are posted for individual positions as they become available, up to one year in advance.

Internships and practicums are open until filled. Placement is competitive and not guaranteed. We are not able to accommodate late requests or applications.



Internship Available:
Spring 2024
Project Description:

The Thompson Lane Branch Library seeks an intern to assist with the smooth operation of the seed exchange program. 

Duties: The coordination of packaging of the seeds, engaging in research projects to foster community partnerships and strengthen internal partnerships and contribute to improvements to efficiency.


Applicants should be college students with interest in seed libraries, gardening flowers, herbs and vegetables. Applicants preferred with major in library and information science or horticulture, botany or biology. Applicants should have ability to work independently, with accuracy and attention to detail. Knowledge of seed libraries including organizational tasks and building community partnership are preferred.

Position Type:

Unpaid, flexible hours, 5-10 hours per week. (75-150)