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Reader Services Intern, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA


The Boston Athenæum seeks a personable and reliable intern for the Reader Services Department who will play an important role in supporting the daily functions of the Reference and Circulation Desks. Reporting to the Head of Circulation and the Head of Reader Services, the intern will work closely with members, patrons, and the public, by providing information about the collection and the institution.

The ideal candidate will be organized, hard-working, and ambitious. This position will be available to start immediately.

Hours: About 15 hours per week, two days per week: 12PM-9PM Mondays and 12PM-9PM Wednesdays with occasional changes to the schedule. NOTE: Before Labor Day weekend 2021, the schedule will be 12PM-8PM.

Compensation: $14 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following the date of departure.


  • Provide coverage of the circulation and reference desks, answer phones, shelve books.
  • Offer basic reference services.
  • Offer orientation tours to members.
  • Create readers’ advisory materials.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Registry of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA accredited library science graduate program.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to lift and move 40 pounds.
  • Completion of reference course preferred.
  • Experience with OCLC resource sharing preferred.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork and inclusion.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter (including the days you are available to work) and resume to James Feeney via e-mail at: [email protected]