Reference and Research Division Internship

 NOTE:  The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) will not be accepting internship applications until further notice. 

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Internship Program Objectives and Strategies: The program objective is to provide students with practical experience in a special library where the research collections emphasis is on the culture and history of people of African descent. The Internship program meets this objective through the following strategies: Interns will 1) study and learn about the daily operations of a specialized research library in a public library setting, 2) observe and work with professional staff on various tasks in the Reference and Research Division as part of a skilled team, 3) develop research skills and knowledge related to identifying Africana resources and related materials, 4) gain an understanding of the library’s collection development and management process by observing and working with technical services staff; and, 5) participate in activities related to the function and operations of the Reference and Research Division by providing direct public service to library patrons which includes assisting in the use of the online public access catalog, instructing researchers on accessing online databases, retrieving and shelving books and materials from the closed stack area, performing shelf maintenance tasks, preparing bibliographies on various topics, etc.


Qualifications: Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college and/or university, have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, be reliable, have good communication skills, and be able to lift materials weighing up to 20 pounds.


 Internship Hours: Schedules may vary depending on academic internship program guidelines. Schedules are negotiated between the Division’s coordinator and Intern, and must adhere to the AARL’s hours of operation.


Library Hours of Operation: 


Monday  12:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m.
Tuesday  10:00 a.m. to  6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday  2:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m



Location: 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30303-2503


Accessibility: AARL is accessible by MARTA and individual modes of transportation. Please see the AARL website for train and bus information. Select “Contact” then scroll down for MARTA information and directions. Free parking is available in designated spaces behind the building.


Note: AARL internships are unpaid

Application Instructions:

If interested in the AARL Reference and Research Division Internship Program, please electronically submit the following documents to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Internship Application 
(Click submit then email Gloria Strong to inform her of your submission)

• Curriculum Vitae/Resume

• Course Syllabus


Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.