Summer Library Internship (Washington, United States)

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Library Internship (Washington, United States)

The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School seeks an Master of Library Science (or related field) student or an MLS graduate to serve as a summer library intern. We are looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to help start up the school's new library from scratch. Over the summer of 2012, the library intern will be an essential team member in building the school's library so that it is functioning by the 2013-14 school year.

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, DC is a Chinese immersion, IB PYP Candidate School that serves Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, and Fourth grade. We prepare students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners, prepared for a life of engaged, responsible world citizenship. We are located in NE Washington DC and within a mile of the Brookland Metro on the red line.

If you enjoy starting something from the ground up, please join us! This is a great opportunity for someone who loves challenges and entrepreneurship! International students are encouraged to apply as well! Please submit your cover letter and resume to You will need to pass a background check. No phone calls please.

Job Title: Library Intern
Terms of Internship: July - August 2012
Project Overview: The Library Intern will help start up Washington Yu Ying PCS' new library from scratch under the guidance of the library committee and other assigned supervisors. The Library Intern will collaborate with school staff and volunteers in cataloguing, shelving, and planning the logistics of book circulation.

Essential Responsibilities:
- Catalogue approximately 4000 titles using the Destiny system under the guidance of the library committee.
- Label and shelf books.
- Plan the logistics of book circulation.
- Organize and lead volunteers.
- Create Library Guide for students and staff at Yu Ying to refer to when finding resources in the library.
- Manage and accomplish other tasks assigned by the supervisor in a timely manner.

Expected Products: Specific work products will be developed in the summer and reflect a catalogue of easily accessible library resources.

- Be pursuing or have completed a Masters of Science in Library Science (MLS) or related fields.
- Appreciation, experience, and understanding of Chinese culture. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese is preferred but not required. Yu Ying will provide Chinese language assistance for non-bilingual interns.
- Be able and willing to work independently.
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to interact with people in a courteous, patient, and professional manner.
- Have the physical ability to push full-loaded book carts and handle heavy or oversize volumes. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Be willing to follow all of Washington Yu Ying PCS's policies and procedures.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the internship, the intern will have gained:
- Career-relevant experience in planning and cataloguing for a start-up library serving Pre-K to 5th graders.
- Experience in planning and systemizing bilingual titles in English and Mandarin Chinese.
- Professional experience as part of a team working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
- Development of organizational, teamwork, and creativity skills.
- The ability to communicate in an effective and professional manner.
- Understanding of the scope of work of a public charter school.

Compensation & Benefits:
- The library intern will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month of service, not exceeding $2,000 in total for the duration of this internship. By federal guidelines, this internship stipend is considered payment in exchange for service and is subject to any applicable income taxes.
- This position is temporary and not eligible to receive company fringe benefits.
- International students are encouraged to work towards course credits allowed by their school if their visa status prohibits off-campus paid internships.

Schedule: The library intern is expected to work a total of 30 - 35 hours per week. Must have availability during Yu Ying's summer business hours (8am - 4pm Monday to Friday).


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