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 short term 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.
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 September 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
Children’s and Teens’ Services Interns: Outreach/YAFF
The American Library in Paris seeks a dynamic, creative, and enthusiastic intern who has a passion for English-language literature for children and teens, and who believes that creative writing plays an important role in literacy development. Our ideal intern would spend six months in Paris getting to know our unique library and its diverse membership, and promoting the benefits of creative writing within the English-language community.
The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). YAFF is free of charge and open to all students ages 5–18 in France who write in English.
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:
- Creating activities and workshops for ages 0-18 to promote YAFF
- Assisting with outreach efforts to promote YAFF
- Creating and supplementing attractive and timely book displays
- Shelving and shelf reading
- Assisting members in accessing online resources
- 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 Intern will work for a six-month period (November 2023 through May 2024) for approximately 21 hours per week on the following days:
Wednesdays from 10h00-18h00
Fridays from 12h00-19h00 or from 14h30-21h30 (depending on weekly programs)
Saturdays from 10h00-18h00
Candidates must be currently enrolled in a bachelor-level or masters-level program in order to be eligible for this internship position. The idea candidate will have a passion for English-language literature for children and teens, and experience working with young people. Knowledge of French is a plus!
Applications are being accepted through September 30, 2023 for this role!
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: