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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 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-8PM Tuesdays and 12PM- 8PM Thursdays or Saturdays 9PM-5PM with occasional changes to the schedule.

Compensation: $15.50 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment


  • 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.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 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 submit a resume and cover letter online here: