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Value of Library Internships

The BYU Library internship program is a great way to be mentored by current library professionals and get real work experience in BYU’s Library. This program allows BYU students to be hired on as student interns for 130 hours. The position is paid and the hours can be very flexible. These internships are only available to current full-time BYU students. Often, students can be matched with internship opportunities that relate to specific areas of interest, but it can depend on what departments have internships available. We recommend that all students interested in pursuing librarianship as a career and/or earning a Masters of Library Science degree participate to learn more about libraries and the specific roles academic librarians fulfill.

How to Apply

To apply for a BYU Library Internship, simply complete the application form below and return it, along with a copy of your résumé, to BYU Library Human Resources (2224 HBLL or

Internship Application

Application deadlines:

  • April 16, 2022 – for a Spring/Summer 2022 internship
  • September 17, 2022 – for a Fall 2022 internship
  • January 28, 2023 – for a Winter 2023 internship

For more information, contact:

Elysha Resendes
Brigham Young University
2225 Harold B. Lee Library


Department Descriptions

The following is a list of departments at the Harold B. Lee Library where internships may be available. Please note that it is possible that any of the departments listed below will not have one at the time of application, but we do our best to place applicants in internships within their area of interest.


The Acquisitions Department is responsible for ordering and receiving materials for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. We support the mission of the library and the university.

Asian Collection

This department chooses, processes, and shelves the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean books in the Asian Collection. It works with faculty members teaching Asian classes that use the collection. Our Asian Studies librarian does collection development for all subjects related to Asian Studies in any language (the Asian Collection is a subset of this role), and works with the Asian Studies faculty members in their teaching and research needs.


The mission of the Catalog Department is to develop and maintain a unified catalog of the holdings of the Harold B. Lee Library which provides thorough, accurate and timely bibliographic identification of all items in the collection, as well as an effective means of accessing records by bibliographic or subject terms; and to organize these holdings into subject, reference and special collections in accordance with standard classification schemes and local needs.

Digital Preservation

Digital preservation is a new area of the library that ensures the continuing access of the university’s digital materials. Digital preservation encompasses university records, office records, databases, digital images, digital media materials, and others. It is important that all university employees are aware of the need for digital preservation so that the history of the university is maintained, and that the important university records are accessible for those who need to use them.

Family History and Religion

To assist and instruct students, faculty, and other patrons in finding and using scholarly information available in the Religion / Family History Section. Resources include one million microforms covering all subjects, the largest family and local history collection of any academic library in the United States, and the world’s largest circulating Mormon Studies collection. The section’s general religion collection covers the whole range of world religious experience, representing all major religious denominations, Christian and non-Christian.

Film Restoration

This newly created internships allows students the opportunity to earn academic credit by working with the Special Collections department to restore film and other media to their original glory.


The Humanities Department covers the following subjects: African Studies, American Sign Language, Ancient Studies, Art, Communications, Comparative Literature, Dance, Design, English and American Language and Literature, European Studies, Film, French Language and Literature, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Humanities, Italian Language and Literature, Latin American Studies, Linguistics and TESL, Media Arts, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Portuguese Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature and Theatre.

Music and Dance

The Music and Dance Library serves a variety of related professional musical organizations, remote scholars, the entire campus, local community and worldwide membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collections of the Music and Dance Library rank among the finest and most respected of the nation. Employees work extensively with books, manuscripts, scores, journals, magazines, special collections items, and more.

Learning Commons

The mission of the Information Commons is to help library patrons find and use the library and other information resources — especially those of a general nature — and to refer patrons to other library services as needed.

Library Instruction and Information Literacy

The Library Instruction and Information Literacy department provides students with training to effectively find, evaluate, and use information. The department helps students develop research skills by providing course-related instruction sessions and by offering a variety of learning opportunities including demonstrations, hands-on practice, one-on-one research consultations, and web-based tutorials.

Media Center

The Lee Library Learning Resource Center (LRC) exists to maintain and make available to patrons non-print (multimedia) materials and equipment required to use them. Materials collected include compact discs, videos, laser discs, digital video discs (DVD’s), and audio cassettes. Electronic equipment is available for patrons to use these materials for classes, scholarly work, and enjoyment. LRC personnel are trained to assist all patrons — faculty, staff, students, and others — to help locate materials and use the listening, viewing, and computer equipment to accomplish their educational goals.

Science and Maps

The Science/Maps Department provides reference services in using the Science and Map Collections. Our Collections include books and serials in both printed and electronic formats. The subjects include the chemical sciences, (chemistry, chemical engineering, food science, nutrition, molecular biology), engineering sciences (civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, construction management), life sciences (agronomy, animal sciences, biology, botany, health science, horticulture, medicine, microbiology, nursing, range science, sports medicine, zoology), and physical sciences (astronomy, mathematics, physics, statistics, maps, geography, and geology).

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences/Education department provides high quality reference service, library use instruction, and collection development service in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, family studies, political science, international relations, recreation, education, history, and anthropology.

Juvenile Literature

The Juvenile Literature Collection supports the curricular, research, and scholarship activities of the students and faculty of the University. Adults are the intended users of this collection, which contains a broad spectrum of materials published for young people. The library seeks to provide quality collections, information/reference services, and instruction in a timely and effective manner to students, faculty, staff and community who use the Juvenile Literature Collection.

Management and Economics

The Management and Economics portion of the library strives to provide the most current resources for business students. The department maintains databases, on-line journals and newspapers, and a large collection of business books and study guides.

Special Collections

Special Collections preserves and makes available rare unique library materials in original and digital forms. The library holds 375,000 rare books and print matter, over 1.2 million photographs and 11,000 unique manuscript and archival collections. The library also offers numerous exhibits, lectures, tours and conferences related to its holdings.

BYU Library Internship Application

I am interested in completing a Library Internship during the following semester/term