Rakow Research Library Public Services Intern


Cause Areas


Mon Jan 22, 2018 - Fri Apr 27, 2018


One Museum WayCorning, NY 14830
The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to acquire everything published on the subject of glass, in every format and in every language.


Dive into the world of glass information! Join our team of reference librarians as the public services intern and help connect everyone - from grade school students to studio artists to advanced scholars - with our multidisciplinary collections. Our collections span everything from chemistry to art to history and ranges from rare books and manuscripts to ebooks and streaming media. At our Library, you will work with top museum professionals, scientists, artists, and scholars in the field of glass. Shape your experience to reflect your academic areas of interest and career goals and pursue the skills that matter the most to you.

Learning opportunities
  • Gain public service experience
  • Learn how a specialized museum library works
  • Gain experience in areas such as reference, instruction, outreach/communications, and assessment.

Potential learning tracks

The applicant should indicate which learning track they are most interested in.

Track One: Reference & Instruction:

Make researching glass a blast!

Help develop a program or project with the public services staff related to reference, instruction, or research tools. Develop rich, multimedia content for our online knowledge base , create programming or virtual interactives for visitors and groups, develop online research guides , or assess/evaluate public service functions.

Track Two: Outreach

Get social about glass!

Help plan and execute outreach programming and content marketing. Create a blog series or social media campaign; write for our donor newsletter; assess outreach campaigns; and plan and participate in Library events.

Track Three: Special Projects

Create your own glass adventure!

With the public services team, develop a project that addresses challenges for our Library. Reveal invisible collections. Plan a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Capture glass history through our oral history program.

Work & Educational Requirements
  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduates of a graduate-level academic program relevant to the internship track such as library science, communications, information studies, or history
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work 8 - 10 hours a week through the semester
  • Ability to work independently; ability to take direction; willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart
  • 25% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shops
  • 25% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass CafĂ©
  • Free museum admission for you and guests during your internship
  • Course credit through your institution when possible
To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter, indicating your project interests to interns@cmog.org .

The Corning Museum of Glass is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Library Sciences
  • Information Architecture
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8-10 hours per week for 3 months (flexible)

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