Internships at the American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris offers a number of intern placements throughout the year for students majoring in library/information science, providing an opportunity to gain on-the-job library training and experience. Although the majority of our interns come with a library science background, we also welcome interns from Erasmus programs, as well as students currently enrolled in a college or university program with a focus in a related discipline.

As a non-profit association, not funded by either the French or American governments, the American Library in Paris is unable to offer paid internships or offset the cost of transportation to/from Paris, or other related costs while in Paris including accommodations. However, the Library is able to provide a meal voucher for every 8 hours worked to help pay for lunch during the day.

Due to the volume of applications generally received for open positions, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, please complete the internship application below and upload a one-page cover letter and CV or résumé in the form. Questions may directed to

Internship Opportunities

The American Library in Paris seeks a dynamic, creative, and enthusiastic Communications and Programming Intern starting immediately for 2 months. Working hours will be flexible. Candidates must have a passion and skill for graphic design, publishing and editorial design, and website and multimedia design. Experience with Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Adobe (InDesign, Premier Pro), Photoshop and WordPress is essential. Interns will be working with the advancement team and projects will include: brochure design and layout, website enhancements, and other projects to support and improve the Library’s virtual programs. Interns will also be asked to help with social media tasks. As a non-profit association, funded neither by the French or American governments, the American Library in Paris is unable to offer paid internships.

The American Library in Paris is looking for motivated, dynamic, and friendly person for Member Services intern. A few of the various duties include assisting patrons and staff at the Member Services and Welcome Desks, participating in collections projects, and shelving.

Time: Starting January 2023
Duration: Maximum 2 months

Under the supervision of the Library staff, the following responsibilities include:

○ Opening and closing the Library as scheduled
○ Staffing the Member services and Welcome desks
○ Responding to email, phone, and in-person queries
○ Creating, renewing, and revising membership accounts in multiple databases
○ Familiarizing new members with the Library and the use of its services
○ Technical processing of magazines, newspapers and books
○ Processing fines, fees, and lost items
○ Managing printing and copying services
○ Booking study rooms, reservable spaces, and public computers
○ Gathering and maintaining statistical data
○ Assisting members in accessing online resources
○ Ensuring users’ comfort, health, safety, and enjoyment of the facilities

● Assisting with shelving, book displays and stacks maintenance
● Assisting Programs department with working on events (hosting and staffing, marketing,
social media, maintenance of book displays and collections)
● Assisting Development department with various special projects

Applicants are required to fill the online application form and submit a CV and motivation letter.

For more information contact the Internship Coordinator at

The American Library in Paris seeks a dynamic, creative and enthusiastic

Children’s and Teens’ Services Intern who has a passion for programming, for English-language literature for children and teens, and would like to spend six months in Paris getting to know our unique library and its diverse membership.


The American Library in Paris, established in 1920, is the largest English-language library on the European continent, serving 4,000 members, about half of them American and a quarter French. The Children’s and Teens’ Services Department’s collections consist of more than 20,000 children’s books as well as e-resources and audio materials, and the department hosts over 200 events a year for the community.


The Children’s and Teens’ Services Intern will report to the Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager, and will work closely with the department’s team members in:


  • Providing support for children’s programming
  • Providing support for teen programming
  • Creating and supplementing attractive and timely book displays 
  • Shelving and shelf reading
  • Assisting members in accessing online resources
  • Creating and supplementing book displays and marketing materials
  • General collection maintenance tasks
  • Providing customer service in the Children’s and Teens’ Services Department
  • Assisting with the Library’s social media outreach efforts for children and teens 


The Children’s and Teens’ Services Intern will work for a six-month period (from November–April, and May–October) for approximately 20 hours per week on the following days (with a one-hour lunch break):

Wednesdays from 10h00-18h00 

Fridays from 12h00-19h00 or from 14h30-21h30 (depending on weekly programs)

Saturdays from 10h00-17h00 


Candidates must have a bachelor-level university degree and have a strong knowledge of English-language literature for children and teens. Creativity and storytelling skills are essential, as is experience working with children and teens. Strong customer service, organizational and long-range planning experience is highly desirable. Knowledge of French is a plus!


Applications are being accepted now 

Finalists will be interviewed by video call or telephone. Please send a cover letter and resume to: Celeste Rhoads, Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager:


In your application, please indicate when you are available to begin. 


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