New libraries fellowship program seeks undergraduate humanities students

May 2, 2022

The Humanities Accelerated Library Fellows program, a new summer internship funded by the American Library Association, is accepting applications from VCU students. The program allows undergraduates to experience working in James Branch Cabell Library under the direction of Humanities Research Librarian John Glover, History Faculty member RocĂ­o Gomez, and library workers with duties associated with the humanities. 

Fellows will explore library collections and services. Fellows will be exposed to work in various departments of the library, areas to be determined in discussion with the successful candidates. No previous experience is necessary, but an interest in pursuing a career in humanities research, libraries and/or a graduate degree in library and information science is helpful. Minority students, first-generation students, and transfer students are all encouraged to apply. As many as three fellows will be selected. The pay rate for this fellowship is $15 per hour. The application deadline is May 16. Apply through the Handshake platform Job #6328570.

Duties will include a combination of:

  •     Contributing ideas to library programming;
  •     Working in various departments in the library important to the humanities;
  •     Contributing to library social media projects;
  •     Drafting write-ups of library events and offerings;
  •     Collaborating with Humanities Research Librarian and library colleagues;
  •     Presenting a one-hour workshop for student peers on humanities writing and library resources;
  •     Helping library patrons;
  •     Other duties as assigned.

Typical Education and Experience:

  • Creative humanities major comfortable in both taking initiative and working in collaboration.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks/projects in order to meet deadlines.
  • Must be energetic, task-oriented, and creative with a strong work ethic and positive attitude who communicates well with others and maintains a professional demeanor.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.


  • Be regularly enrolled in undergraduate-level courses at VCU full time (nine or more hours);  
  • Be able to attend occasional meetings on-site at James Branch Cabell Library;
  • Strong knowledge and competence with standard office productivity tools like Google Office and Microsoft Office;
  • Strong knowledge and competence with social media platforms;
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States;

Candidates must respond to a brief supplementary survey.


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