Library Scholar Internships

Library Scholar interns benefit from project-based learning that produces high-impact, online content. Library scholar interns work in collaboration with academic programs and each other to build skills in teamwork, problem solving, communications, and research. Library Scholar interns lead projects such as: researching and writing for the web, curating exhibits and engagement programs, creating presentations, and text layout and digitization for the Humboldt State University Press. Interns are paid and receive course credit as well as credit for their online productions.

Glen Atkinson, an HSU Alumni, recently endowed the Atkinson Family Library Scholar Internship to support student research and skills that will provide lifelong value. Starting in the Fall of 2018, one student each semester will be an Atkinson Family Library Scholar and dedicate their project-based learning within Special Collections, Digital Media Lab, Scholarly Communications, or Instruction.

Thanks to a bequest from Malcolm Buchanan ‘50, HSU Library provides paid credit-based student internships to HSU students. This powerful digital humanities experience with hands-on research and project based learning combines work with archives, manuscripts and rare books.  You can support this valuable program, too! 

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Digital Media Internship

The Digital Media Lab (DML) encourages interested students to apply for a new Digital Media Student Internship. DML interns will work with and assist other students on developing digital media projects, primarily video, audio, photo and web-based projects. This includes learning and teaching about the DML equipment and software that is available to all HSU students. This semester-long internship will provide interns with hands-on experience creating a variety of digital media projects as well as learning design-thinking approaches to planning projects.

The HSU Digital Media Lab is a space where all students, staff and faculty can work on and get assistance with creating digital media projects, such as video, audio, photo and web-based projects. The DML houses a variety of software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Camtasia, iMovie and GarageBand. The DML also provides a variety of equipment for checkout, including video and still cameras, microphones, a 3D scanner, a 360-degree camera, and more. In addition, the DML provides programs and drop-in services to spark creativity and assist people with their projects. Whether working on class assignments or creating a project on their personal time, the DML is an integral space on campus for developing and learning about digital media projects.

DML Interns will work on a variety of projects and will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Creating digital media projects
  • Assisting others with their digital media projects
  • Promoting the DML on campus
  • Troubleshooting problems with students using DML equipment and/or software
  • Developing and hosting programs to promote the DML and digital literacy
  • Contributing to the DML documentation (user manuals & guides, tutorials, webpages, videos, etc.)

Learning outcomes:

The production-centered outcomes of the internship mean that students will have:

  • Developed and presented programs that are planned using connected learning (interest powered, academically oriented, production centered, shared purpose, openly networked and peer-supported) and/or design-thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype & test) models for teaching and learning digital media skills
  • Assisted students to problem solve digital media projects using design-thinking and connected learning models (troubleshooting software and/or equipment, applying a critical eye to their work, eliciting feedback, etc.)
  • Created a portfolio of digital media objects in multiple formats using a multiple tools (multiple = at least 4), culminating in a capstone project that captures their experience

Intern scanningScholarly Communication Internship

The Library Scholar Internship in the Scholarly Communications Office offers students an opportunity to work on digital scholarship, book publishing, or scholarly communications projects. Over the course of one semester, students will work individually and in teams to gain critical hands on experience and skills that will serve their success at the university and after graduation.

Examples of work:

  • The Scholarly Communications Office provided students an opportunity to build the first open-access platform for HSU faculty and student profiles. Over the course of one semester, students gained hands on experience creating faculty profiles, managing copyright, publishing scholarly works, promoting scholarship, and working in the Digital Commons open access platform. Scholarly Communications works to foster collaboration between HSU students and faculty in advanced studies of digital humanities. Interns were encouraged to make connections with faculty and develop projects that merged scholarly output with technological tools and social media.
  • The Scholarly Communications office provided students an opportunity to market open-access works published in open access through HSU Press. Over the course of one semester, students learned consultation strategies, social media marketing skills, alternative publishing opportunities, bibliographic research, website development, interviewing practices and application, and video editing. Interns developed author relationships, contributed to marketing templates, and learned narrative and visualization techniques to connect scholarly output to broader audiences.

Internship opportunities are posted online through Human Resources, Handshake, and the HSU Library website and Facebook page. For more information, please contact Kyle Morgan, Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Librarian, at

students in archivesHumboldt State University Library Scholar Internship - Special Collections & Redwood National Park

The Library's Special Collections invites current students to submit an application for the Humboldt State University Library Scholar Internship. This internship offers students an opportunity to work with the Humboldt Room and Redwood National Park to gain valuable experience processing collections, creating finding aids, and designing both physical and digital exhibits. Over the course of a semester, students will have hands-on experience in special collections, archives, public history, and museum studies as a profession.

The HSU Library Special Collections is home to rare books, photographs, documents, historic maps, oral histories, and media. The University Archives includes documents related to the history of Humboldt State. Interns in the Library Scholars program will be introduced to a variety of archival skills such as processing collections, digital projects, preparing exhibits, conducting research, and marketing Special Collections. Examples of past intern projects include digital exhibits, interactive maps, finding aids, and blogs.

The Library Scholar Intern will work in a team to complete a variety of projects. Team roles and duties will be tailored to the talents and interests of the intern. In addition to a large group project, Library Scholars may be required to:

  • Maintain an internship log, including experiences and challenges that they encountered over the course of their project.
  • Complete training assignments and blog posts.
  • Assist in processing new accessions: gaining basic physical and intellectual control of manuscript collections, preparing collection guides and marketing collections.
  • Create digital projects: scanning fragile and unique material, creating metadata, working with OMEKA and BePress to exhibit and provide access to material.
  • Contribute to the Special Collection and Library social media accounts, including: Tumblr, HistoryPin, and Flickr.
  • Assist with archival preservation and rehousing of materials.

For a sampling of our unique collections, please explore the Special Collections website.

This is a semester long, paid academic internship. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate Humboldt State University students are eligible to apply.  With their academic advisor's approval, interns will receive 2 course credits (total of 90 hours).

Application Process

Please email a copy of the following materials to Carly Marino at

The final application deadline for Spring 2018 is Friday, December 15, 2017. If you have any additional questions, please email the Special Collections Librarian, Carly Marino at

InternsExamples of work:

Digital Exhibits

Interactive Maps

Finding Aids

  • Alternate Waste Disposal Collection Finding Aid:

Publicity and Social Media

Now after this internship, the Humboldt Room isn’t just a resource it’s also a place I find relaxing, which is why next semester I plan on stopping by to scan more journals. It’s like a second extension of home. I felt out of place my first semester here and being an intern made me feel like part of the school and felt better about my choice to attend HSU.
--Cathlyn Garibay (Library Scholar Intern, Spring 2016)


Spring 2016 Intern group List of Library Scholar Interns

Spring 2018 

  • Alex Childers, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Christina Cordova, Digital Media Lab
  • Sarah Godlin, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Hartford Johnson, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Cameron Rodriguez, Digital Media Lab
  • Nate Spence, Digital Media Lab

Fall 2017 

  • Christina Cordova, Digital Media Lab
  • Elliot Kane, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Natalie Ray, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Perla Rubio-Zambrano, Redwood National Park/Special Collections

Spring/Summer 2017 

  • Ryan Echeverri, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Francisco Lopez, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Steven Munoz, Redwood National Park/Special Collections

Fall 2016

  • Brittani Alberto, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Victoria Bruner, Digital Media Lab
  • Blanca Drapeau, Redwood National Park/Special Collections
  • Luke Wages, Redwood National Park/Special Collections

Summer 2016

  • Albert Bernales, Special Collections
  • Melitta Jackson, Special Collections
  • Christine Emerson, Special Collections
  • Meghan Ueland, Special Collections
  • Luke Wages, Special Collections

Spring 2016

  • Xi Bromley, Special Collections
  • Victoria Bruner, Special Collections
  • Blanca Drapeau, Special Collections
  • Cathlyn Garibay, Special Collections
  • Alexandria Jones, Special Collections
  • Nicole Martensen, Special Collections
  • KayCie Voigt, Special Collections

Fall 2015

  • Brittani Alberto, Special Collections
  • Jorge Ambriz, Special Collections
  • Jacqueline Farrington, Special Collections
  • Christopher Villa, Special Collections

Summer 2015

  • Schay Dowell, Special Collections
  • Joe Naranjo, Special Collections
  • Wyatt Reno, Special Collections

Spring 2015

  • Chris Bunce, Special Collections
  • Colin Fulton, Special Collections
  • Alex Garcia, Special Collections
  • Audrey Blair, Special Collections
  • Victoria Bruner, Special Collections
  • Jessica Chapman, Special Collections
  • Ben Cohen, Special Collections
  • Jacqueline Langeland, Special Collections
  • Nicole Williams, Special Collections

Fall 2014

  • Grace Rotwein, Special Collections

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