Library Intern, The Salem Athenaeum

The Salem Athenaeum is seeking two paid library interns to support collections access, preservation, and promotion. This internship is funded through the Future Leaders Internship Program and is restricted to applicants between the ages of 15-20. Current high school students, library school students, or individuals with demonstrated work/volunteer experience or interest in libraries are invited to apply. This summer position will provide paid, on-the-job experience.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Library Intern will help catalog and arrange historical materials, help promote the collections to the public via displays, articles, social medias, etc., and help ensure the library is a welcoming, service-oriented place. The intern will have the opportunity to assist with collection management, circulation, public programs, and other projects of interest.

This position will run from May through August 31, 2024, for 8-10 hours per week for each position, in two shifts of either 4 or 5 hours each, during library hours, Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-4.

The primary responsibilities are: cataloging; book and manuscript processing; creating library displays; help with circulation and book shelving; other duties as assigned.  Additional responsibilities based on interest and knowledge level may include: provide reference services to members and the public; creating finding guides; writing articles and social media content.

The qualified candidate should have: strong interest in libraries, history, or literature; previous experience working in a library; ability to establish effective and collaborative working relationships with students and colleagues; appropriate technology skills to accomplish job responsibilities; strong organizational and time management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; must be able to work intuitively and independently.

Part Time


$17.00  / hour

Closing Date

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than June 14, 2024.

How to Apply

Complete the Google Form at this link.

Or candidates may reply with a cover letter and resume via email to Jean Marie Procious, Executive Director at


About The Salem Athenæum

The Salem Athenæum is a two centuries-old independent library and cultural center in Salem, Massachusetts, which serves an audience of more than 4,000 adults, students, and children.  The library consists of current books and periodicals that circulate to members as well as historical research materials collected since 1760, that are accessible to scholars and the public. Cultural and educational program offerings include author readings, lectures, concerts, storytelling and dramatic performances, writing workshops, and topical discussion groups. Rotating exhibitions are open to the public free of charge. The Athenæum is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization.