Library Intern (Unpaid)

Passionate about pop culture? We want you!


DEPARTMENT: Curatorial


Brooks Peck


Late June 2018


10-weeks, though this is a scalable project and the intern may elect to extend to a 2nd quarter.


9-12 hours per week


The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Curatorial Department research library provides resources for the museum’s Interpretive services staff that promote lifelong professional development and support scholarship in various aspects of popular culture.

There is a backlog of books and other print materials that need to be cataloged and organized. The electronic catalog metadata needs to be cleaned up and streamlined. The Library Intern will review the catalog with the curators, devise and then implement a plan to update and organize it. The Library intern will then catalog the remaining library materials following the guidelines and structure already in place. This is a scalable project.

The Library Intern will review the research library’s policies and procedures and make recommendations to improve or streamline the system. Working with the curators, the intern will implement any changes needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Other duties assigned):

  • Catalog recent acquisitions to the library
  • Recommend items that can be removed
  • Oversee the proper disposal/dispersion of unneeded items in the collection
  • Review and clean the metadata used in the catalogue
  • Review the library collecting policy and cataloguing procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work with a small, focused collection that spans a variety of media
  • The intern will gain experience in collections policy, cataloguing, metadata and deaccessioning

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate student ideally pursuing Library Science coursework or career
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for MoPOP’s mission—passion for pop culture a plus!
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, a self-starter
  • Proficiency using LibraryThing
  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite
  • Ability to think creatively and come up with resourceful ideas and solutions
  • Ability to commit to 9-12 hours a week preferred; with some flexibility regarding terms and hours


Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Library Internship”