Summer 2012 Internship – VERA Institute of Justice

VERA runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, last summer interns visited Rikers Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

Applications are due by February 15, 2012

Library Intern (1)

The Vera Institute of Justice, a leading non-profit based in New York City, focuses on helping leaders in governmental and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. We do this by sharing our expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance with leaders in government and civil society.

The Louis Schweitzer Library at the Vera Institute of Justice seeks a library intern to assist the full time librarian on staff. The library supports the information needs of the Institute and its demonstration projects. The collection contains more than 2,000 books, monographs and government documents; the vast majority of the reports produced by Vera in its 40-year history; approximately 40 serials; and access to bibliographic and full-text databases. The focus of the collection is on the social sciences, with social services, criminal justice, research methodology, urban affairs and public welfare as its greatest strengths.

The intern’s main responsibility will focus on:
• Assisting the librarian with the institutional repository in respect to uploading new documents/records, organizing the collections, and assigning subject keywords
• Cataloging and updating MARC records for the 2,000+ books and periodical collection using an open source cataloging software
• Collection development of the research methodology section both in print and electronic

The intern also will be involved in all aspects of the library which may include:
• Submitting interlibrary loan requests through the OCLC Firstsearch system
• Performing preliminary research searches using various academic databases
• Managing periodical collection and exploring other possible subscriptions

The intern will report to the librarian.

Qualifications and requirements:
Only students enrolled in a Master of Library Science degree program and have completed coursework are encouraged to apply. Experience with collection development and cataloging preferred. The candidate should have strong communication skills and the ability to work alone and collaboratively with others. S/he should have strong organizational skills, pay attention to detail, and be proficient in Microsoft Office.

To apply please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to:
Electronic submissions preferred.