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Reference Interns: Testimonials from Past Interns

"The most valuable thing to me, and what I like and appreciate most about this internship is the practical grounding it gives me. I am able to see and experience many of the situations discussed in class. Even if the class does not directly relate to reference work, I can make connections and have a better understanding of how it fits into the overall library scheme, and how it relates to what I do here."

"Jackson Library’s Reference Intern Program is nothing less than a reference boot camp. This program thoroughly prepared me for a career in reference and gave me a definite edge over other recent graduates. I attribute this program as a critical factor in landing my first professional librarian position."

"This internship has been one of the best parts about grad school."

"I think the experience has been as valuable to my education as all the classes I’ve taken so far, put together. I believe my time has been spent VERY well. The training sessions are great."

"The professional camaraderie and networking [with the reference librarians] has been both enjoyable and useful."

"I think I like just about everything about this job. The best part is when someone is genuinely appreciative of the work you have done to help them out."

"I love that [the librarians] are willing to help us learn more and don't mind a million questions!"

"It's a great experience as a LIS student."

Some places where former reference interns have found positions:

  • American Legion National Headquarters
  • American University in Cairo
  • Aiken Technical College
  • Brigham Young University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Farmington Public Libraries, New Mexico
  • Forsyth County Public Library
  • Greensboro Public Library
  • High Point Public Library
  • High Point University
  • Indiana University
  • Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
  • Mars Hill College
  • Microsoft
  • Oakland University (MI)
  • State of Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Surry Community College
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wake Forest University