ILS Internship

ILS 582 Internship in Library and Information Science

A professional field experience (internship) is central to the program for all students. For those without experience working in a library, it provides a well-rounded background that can add value to a résumé. Students with experience are strongly advised to seek an internship that will broaden their knowledge, such as a different type of library or a specialized unit of a library. Students seeking experience in technology-driven areas such as digital librarianship are advised to complete appropriate electives (as suggested by academic advisor) prior to beginning an internship.  

The internship provides experiential learning that contributes to creating and strengthening the “serving to learn and learning to serve” ethic and reflects the core responsibilities of the library and information science professions (ALA Code of Ethics, 2008). Internships as academic service learning provide experiences that are intentional in their purpose to mutually benefit the provider and the recipient of the service, as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. 

The goal of the ILS Internship program is to provide a rich, research based learning experience for MLIS degree students that links theory to practice, promotes ethical development as professionals, as well as ensuring hands-on experience in libraries and information agencies. 

Please refer to the following Internship related documents: 

ILS 582 Course Overview

ILS 582 Internship Guidelines

ILS 582 Internship Application

ILS 582 Internship Site Application


Internship Experience


Questions about the internship program, either from students or organizations that wish to host MLIS students, may be directed to the MLIS Internship Coordinator, Dr. Cindy Schofield at  



The ILS Department is grateful to the following libraries for their ongoing participation in our newly developed internship program.

Public Libraries
Bristol Public Library – Bristol, CT
Cheshire Public Library – Cheshire, CT
Farmington Public Library – Farmington, CT
Ferguson Library – Stamford, CT
James Blackstone Memorial Library – Branford, CT
Manchester Public Library – Manchester, CT
Meriden Public Library – Meriden, CT
New Haven Free Public Library – New Haven, CT
Russell Library – Middletown, CT
Torrington Public Library – Torrington, CT
Wallingford Public Library – Wallingford, CT
Welles-Turner Memorial Library – Glastonbury, CT
Westport Public Library – Westport, CT

School Libraries
Coventry Public Schools – G.H. Robertson School
Lyme / Old Lyme Public Schools – Lyme / Old Lyme Middle School
Lyme / Old Lyme Public Schools – Lyme / Old Lyme High School
Manchester Public School – Buckley Elementary School
Milford Public Schools – Orange Avenue School Library
Milford Public Schools – East Shore Middle School Library
New Canaan Public Schools – Saxe Middle School Library
New Canaan Public Schools – New Canaan High School
North Haven Public Schools – North Haven High School Library
Region 10 Schools – Har-Bur Middle School
Ridgefield Public Schools – East Ridge Middle School Library
Scarsdale Schools (New York) – Greenacres Elementary School
Torrington Public Schools – Torrington High School Library

Academic Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections
Central Connecticut State University – Elihu Burritt Library
Connecticut State Archives
Gateway Community College Library
Institute for American Indian Studies
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Norwalk Community College – Everett I.L. Baker Library
Rutgers University – John Cotton Dana Library
Seton Hall University Archives
Southern Connecticut State University – Hilton C. Buley Library
Yale University – Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University – Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale University – Film Study Center

Concepts for Adaptive Learning – Tech4Teens Program
Connecticut State Library – Division of Library Development
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Tribesourcing Southwest Films



 Last updated: June 14, 2023