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This guide provides information about internship, field experience, and practicum opportunities available at the Hofheimer Library.

Eligibility and Conditions of Internship

Hofheimer Library generally hosts no more than one internship position per semester and these are usually limited to fall and spring semesters. Interns typically work at the library 10-15 hours per week.

Applicants must either be currently enrolled as undergraduates at VWU or be currently enrolled in a graduate program in Library or Information Science, or in Archival Studies.


Sample Projects

  • Creating LibGuides
  • Relocating, organizing and inventorying special collections
  • Developing finding aids for the College Archives
  • Assisting with special events
  • Creating book displays
  • Assisting with the development of assessment tools



Learning Outcomes

The intern will create learning objectives for the internship, with guidance from the Library Director. 

The goal of the internship program at Hofheimer Library is to provide each intern with real life experience in a variety of professional activities and functions in a small academic library.


VWU undergraduate intern, Stacie Doughtie with librarians, February 2019.

The Internship Experience

Internships at Hofheimer Library are designed to provide the successful candidate with a professional experience in librarianship in a small college setting.

The internship provides a basic introduction to all areas of work in a small college library, including circulation and course reserves, interlibrary loan, technical services, and public services.  The library intern will have the opportunity to observe, and subsequently teach or co-teach, information literacy instruction sessions, as well as assist with other instruction related activities. 

The library intern will also provide reference assistance to students and faculty, and will complete a special project during the duration of the internship.  Schedule permitting, interns will also be invited to attend meetings within the library and campus meetings involving librarians in order to gain an understanding of the role of librarians on a college campus.

Head Librarian

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Stephen Leist
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