USF Libraries Internships

The USF Libraries are happy to announce internship opportunities in the Tampa Library for fall 2021! These internships are designed to provide students hands-on experience working in a library or archive. Applicants must be currently enrolled in internship, fieldwork, or directed study courses at the graduate or undergraduate levels at the University of South Florida.

The deadline for student applications is July 15, 2021. Student applicants will be interviewed, with notification of selection by Wednesday, July 30. For questions, please contact Associate Dean Carol Ann Davis at

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Available Internships

Project Name: LIS 6946: Supervised Fieldwork
Library Department: Special Collections Supervisor(s): Tomaro Taylor Paid Internship? No Semester(s) available: Fall 2021 Number of openings: 1 student
Project Description: Graduate-level students expressing a combined interest in archives and special collections will engage in an experiential learning project designed to facilitate understanding and application of the skills necessary to successfully assess, arrange, and describe archival collection(s) in the USF Libraries Tampa. Anticipated Outcomes/Benefits:
  • Differentiate between archival and non-archival materials for long-term preservation
  • Apply best practices for the arrangement and description of archival collections
  • Create finding aids and other descriptive metadata using ArchivesSpace and related tools
Special Skill Sets:Other Requirements: Students must have access to a laptop computer and internet connection.

Project Name: Linked Data Project: Data Transformation
Library Department: Collections and Discovery Supervisor(s): Liang Zhong Paid Internship? No Semester(s) available: Fall 2021 Number of openings: 1 student per semester
Project Description: This project is part of the University of South Florida Libraries Linked Data project. The intern student will be working closely with the Applications Developer and the Digital initiative Metadata Librarian to design and customize the data transformer to facilitate the digital collections metadata transformation to linked data. Anticipated Outcomes/Benefits: The intern student will gain:
  • Deep understanding of library digital collections metadata
  • Practical experience on using Python programming language
  • Linked data concepts and implementation in library metadata
Special Skill Sets: This position requires basic understanding Python programing language and basic understanding of library metadata. Other Requirements: Computer or laptop that is capable of running Python 3.7 or above and participating online meetings

Project Name: Archaeological Oyster Documentation
Library Department: Special Collections Supervisor(s): Meghan Cook Paid Internship? No Semester(s) available: Fall 2021 Number of openings: 1 student per semester

Project Description: The USF Libraries is seeking an intern that can assist with a USF School of Geosciences project focused on the archaeological oyster research documenting declining oyster size over time. The intern will work on collecting metadata for archeological oysters, as well as tracking down citations and original copies (instead of notes) for newspaper clippings from the mid-1800s till current that help fill in gaps on when oyster habitats went into decline. Metadata for the oyster collection currently includes site location, age, stratigraphic layer, cultural context, etc. The newspaper articles have been scanned and set up in an incomplete Excel information system with publication year, author, title, source, topic. Long-term final product, including input from library science best practices, being a useful and distinct collection of digital and open-use academic materials.

Support will be provided in the form of contacts and communication with faculty partners, and library collaboration from both collections and research services professionals. The supervisor of record will be Dr. Meghan Cook from the USF Libraries Special Collections. Additional guidance and instruction will be provided by Dr. Greg Herbert of the USF School of Geosciences and other USF Libraries participants as needed. There is the possibility of collaboration with Dr. Herbert’s current graduate students on outreach topics. This project will require in-person work at the USF School of Geosciences in Tampa, but communication with supervisors and others can be via Teams.

Anticipated Outcomes/Benefits: A demonstrable product from this project will be either an ArcGIS StoryMap that contains at least ten (10) images of oyster samples with full metadata or a synthesis of information from the newspaper clippings, or, if required, a written report on what the intern did if they are an MLIS fieldwork student.

Special Skill Sets: I want an MLIS graduate student as the work needed is centered around metadata and information science at a high level.

Other Requirements: