Catalyst is seeking a Masters of Library Science student seeking credit for an unpaid internship in our Information Center (IC).
What is the Catalyst IC?
Catalyst works to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. The Information Center specializes in issues related to women and work, including diversity in the workplace, leadership, retention and turnover, sex discrimination, LGBT issues, women in management and on corporate boards, and work-life effectiveness. Catalyst’s librarians respond daily to questions from our members, staff, researchers, writers, and the media; develop and maintain an extensive collection; and create specialized lists, fact sheets and resources that are not available anywhere else. Additionally, the IC received the Center of Excellence Awards for service from the Special Libraries Association Business & Finance Division in 2011.
What Would I Do in the IC?
Because our special library provides such a variety of services to its users, interns will have the opportunity to work on and be exposed to various aspects of librarianship, including the following:
- Research projects regarding gender diversity in business, like creating historical list of women CEOs or researching and writing white papers
- Developing new/updating existing Quick Takes, a series of factsheets on topics such as women in the labor force, women of color, work/life balance, women in various geographies, etc. (View the Quick Takes here: http://www.catalyst.org/browse/0/0/0/14/0 )
- Cataloging articles and reports using modified MARC formatting for the catalog
- Assisting the librarians to answer reference questions as needed
- Assisting in digitization projects
- Conduct copyright inquiries
- Planning and experimentation in use of ebooks
What is the Schedule Like?
The length of the internship and weekly work schedule are flexible, and interns may work from home. Virtual interns – students who live outside the New York City area and could telecommute from a home office – will be considered
What are the Requirements?
Interns are required to have a basic understanding of library functions and have taken at least one class in cataloging or reference. Interns must be motivated, possess initiative and a sense of urgency, be technologically savvy, and be able to work independently. Though welcome, previous library work experience is not required and on-the-job training will be provided as part of the internship. This internship is open only to those MLIS students seeking credit for an internship.
If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Cheryl Yanek, Senior Associate Librarian in the Catalyst Information Center at email@example.com. In the cover letter, please address the following topics: (1) Why you want to intern for Catalyst; (2) What you would like to work on/what you expect from the internship, and (3) Offer a proposed work schedule.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit corporate membership research and advisory organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in New York, San Jose, Toronto, and Zug, and the support and confidence of more than 340 leading corporations, firms, business schools, and associations, Catalyst is connected to business and its changing needs and is the premier resource for information and data about women in the workplace. In addition, Catalyst honors exemplary business initiatives that promote women’s leadership with the annual Catalyst Award.