Youth Services Intern


Skokie Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
10 hours per week from June through August
$15 per hour

Do you want real work experience before graduating? Come join our award-winning library to participate in a designed learning experience that will give your library career a jump-start. We're looking for an intern between June and August 2018 (12 weeks/10 hours per week). During this internship you will work with an assigned mentor in our Youth Services Department. Your work will focus on working with Skokie's kids and their grownups. Your internship will include:

  • Assisting patrons with informational and readers advisory questions at the public desk
  • Assist with storytime and program planning and implementation
  • Assist with Youth Services projects

You will also receive the following opportunities:

  • Learn more about using library resources and online tools
  • Gain a broad orientation to public library operations.

Minimum Qualifications: (education, experience, and certifications)

  • Current MLS or MLIS student

Minimum Competencies:

  • Knowledge of children's literature
  • Understanding of child development
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Broad cultural competency knowledge and skills, and ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and community
  • Willingness to take direction and demonstrate flexibility
  • Experience in use of computers, electronic resources, and the intranet as it relates to libraries

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a customer service environment

Working conditions:

  • Reasonable accommodations to these requirements will be made as needed.
  • Work includes prolonged sitting, standing, stooping, bending, lifting/moving materials, getting down on the floor, as well as frequent computer use.
  • Manual dexterity, clear speech, hearing acuity, and correctable vision are also required.
  • Ability to navigate the building.
  • Noise level is generally moderate.
  • Scheduling may require availability during any library operating hours, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

If you are interested in applying, please be sure to read our strategic plan for 2016-2019 and our organizational culture statement to make sure both resonate with you.

We seek those who share our passion for serving the people of Skokie. We strive to reflect our community through our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Skokie is known for its diversity and is conveniently accessible from Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods. The Edens Expressway (I-94) spans Skokie's western edge, while Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and PACE suburban bus lines and the CTA's Skokie Swift Yellow rail line offer numerous options for public transportation.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Please provide a cover letter when applying

Application Contact: 
Beth Dostert
Apply To: IL