Association of Research Libraries: Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications

ARL is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program for 2014. Masters of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

Program Components

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has three main components:

Paid Internship

Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in an ARL member research library for 6–12 weeks to gain both educational and professional experience while enrolled in an MLIS program. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.

Leadership Development

The fellows will participate in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium held January 23–26, 2014, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the symposium, the fellows will have an opportunity to explore the major strategic issues facing research libraries today and discuss appropriate strategies for securing a professional position in research libraries upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to meet and network with other ARL diversity program participants, library leaders, and other MLIS students who attend the annual event.

Career Placement

ARL staff will work with each fellow to help them connect with member libraries and to assist with networking during the job search process.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the ARL Career Enhancement Program must:

  • Be accepted into an ALA-accredited library and information science program
  • Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
  • Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship

Selection and Institutional Match

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host designates a staff member to serve on the coordinating committee. The committee will evaluate the entire applicant pool, select participants, and then enter into dialogue with other coordinators about the institution that is best positioned to create a rewarding internship experience for each fellow. The assignments will be based on the fellows’ skills, knowledge, and expectations for the internships, as well as the institutions’ ability to create and manage a meaningful experience.

Host Institutions

The 2014 Career Enhancement Program host institutions are:

  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • National Library of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Washington


Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on October 15, 2013, and should be submitted online. For more information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website.

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