Rakow Research Library Public Services Internship

The Rakow Research Library seeks a creative, energetic, self-motivated Public Services Intern for a paid summer internship who is eager to gain real world experience working in the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work with our diverse international patron base, ranging from grade school students to studio artists to advanced scholars. The intern will work with the Public Services Team, and the internship may be tailored to the strengths and/or interests of the individual.

Learning opportunities

  • Gain experience in the area of public services
  • Gain an understanding of the organization and inner workings of a specialized museum library
  • You may also gain experience in areas such as reference, instruction, outreach, and digital humanities

Potential learning tracks

The applicant should indicate which learning track they are most interested in.

Track One: Reference

The intern will help develop a program or project with the public services staff related to reference, instruction, or online research. Possible areas of exploration could be in developing rich, multimedia content for our online knowledge base, creating programming or virtual interactives for visitors and groups, developing online research guides, or assessing/evaluating public service functions.

Track Two: Outreach

The intern will take part in planning and executing outreach programming and content marketing. Possible activities include creating an engaging blog series or social media campaign; creating content for existing campaigns, including our donor newsletter; assessing/evaluating content marketing campaigns; and planning and participating in one of several internal and external Library events.

Track Three: Special Projects

With the public services team, the intern will develop a project addressing challenges such as revealing invisible collections or enriching cultural heritage through our oral history program.

Potential activities

  • Responding to basic reference queries, in person and virtually
  • Assist in staffing the reference desk
  • Providing database maintenance for LibAnswer & LibGuides
  • Assisting reference staff with instruction sessions for docents, schoolchildren, etc.
  • Assisting as needed with item retrieval copying materials for patrons, and updating bibliographies
  • Writing a blog pertaining to your internship experience

Work & Educational Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduates of a graduate-level academic program relevant to the internship track, such as library science, communications, information studies, or history
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work 20 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Ability to work independently; ability to take direction; willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart


  • 25% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shops
  • 25% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Café
  • Free museum admission for you and guests during your internship
  • Opportunities to participate in meetings, professional development, and staff training with experts in the field
  • Course credit through your institution when possible

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating your project interests to interns@cmog.org.