• Academic Library Research & Education Internship

    POSITION: Academic Library Research & Education Internship
    LOCATION: Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives
    AVAILABLE: Summer or Fall 2024

    Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages applications from candidates of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural heritage or nationalities; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientations or gender identities; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability statuses.

    The Medical Center Library & Archives invites applications to our paid, year-long, mentored internship within the Library's Research & Education Department. Applicants must be in a Master's Library/Information Science program. Internships are one year with the potential to renew for a second year. This internship will set you up for success in any academic library setting.

    Our interns have co-authored publications in scholarly journals, presented work at local and national conferences, and made significant contributions to our Library. We mentor our interns in advanced literature searching, reference, teaching, as well as research impact and bibliometric analysis. These experiences prepare our interns to be competitive on the job market.

    We welcome questions and look forward to hearing from you!

    The Research & Education Department of the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives provides reference and research services, classes, consultations, and systematic review services for organizations and individuals within Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Health. The Research & Education Intern will support all areas of the department, such as reference, research, instruction, consultations, bibliometrics/research impact, and advanced literature review searches. The Intern will gain experience in a progressive academic health sciences environment and will develop practical skills in health sciences and academic librarianship, such as mastery of searching journal article databases, staffing chat reference, holding consultations with patrons, teaching workshops or classes, and more.


    • Assist patrons with reference and research questions via chat, email, Zoom, and at the Library Service Desk
    • Develop and update literature searches that support research publications like systematic reviews as well as other research projects; utilize databases like PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Scopus, PsycINFO and more for these searches.
    • Work with various citation management tools such as Endnote and Zotero and support patrons in their use
    • Participate in bibliometric, research impact, and data visualization projects
    • Maintain library research guides
    • Teach library drop-in workshops as well as hold one-on-one or small group research or educational consultations
    • Co-teach classes within the graduate health professions' programs
    • Compile analytics on institutional publishing
    • Capture data on library activities
    • Contribute to the Library's blog
    • Create or revise Web-based tutorials
    • Contribute to service improvement initiatives
    • Contribute to other projects and publications as needed

    20 hours/week
    One year with the potential to extend for a second year
    Hours are flexible, but they must take place between 8am and 6pm.


    Candidate must be enrolled in a Master's degree Library/Information Science program. Please note that a background in STEM or biomedicine is NOT REQUIRED.

    The position will be available starting in June, but a later start date may be negotiated. Library staff are currently working both remotely and on-site; however, the intern will be expected to perform most of their work on-site at the library in order to get the most complete professional experience.

    Please send cover letter, CV or resume, and two references to: Leila Ledbetter, Research and Education Librarian.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on May 13, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member - whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status - has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values. and actively foster full participation in university life.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Medical Center Library & Archives

Recognizing that diversity sparks creativity and enhances innovation, the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout our organization. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes and affirms the contributions of all our staff and the Duke community.

This is ongoing work: we commit our organization and ourselves to diversity, inclusion, and equity - values that make us a better, more effective library. Through continued dedication to these values, we seek to sustain a welcoming community that fosters inquiry, discovery, and innovation.

Duke University Community

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas - an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

About the Medical Center Community

The Medical Center Library & Archives provides biomedical information for inquiry, discovery, and innovation. We are active partners in clinical, research, and educational initiatives within Duke Health. We collaborate with other libraries at Duke University and with our consortial partners in the Triangle Research Libraries Network. Our extensive electronic, print, and archival collections support the faculty, staff, and students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Duke University Health System.

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.