The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) is currently accepting internship applications.
Please visit us at www.afpls.org/aarl or on our social media networks for updates regarding internship opportunities.
If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Strong at 404-613-4010 or
Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college and/or university, have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel, be reliable, have good communication skills, and be able to lift materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
Schedules may vary depending on academic intership program guidelines. Schedules are negotiated between the Division's coordinator and Intern, and must adhere to the Library's hours of operation.
If you are not enrolled in an academic program, you are classified as a volunteer. If you would like to volunteer at the Library, please click this link: Volunteer Opportunities
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