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. Brian Real 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

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

Groton Public Schools – West Side STEM Magnet Middle 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

Wallingford Public Schools – Moses Beach Elementary School Library

Wallingford Public Schools – Pond Hill School

Waterbury Public Schools – Wallace Middle School


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: April 22, 2021