We are looking for a residential intern to join the Gladstone’s Library team for a period of three months from Thursday, 10th August 2017. This post will suit recent graduates who want a career in libraries, archives, and information science, but who have not yet taken the committed step of a postgraduate scheme or traineeship. 

During the internship the successful candidate will work across the institution: 

  • In our Reading Rooms, helping the team maintain one of the UK’s finest research collections. Interns assist with many of the key operational tasks, such as cataloguing and processing items, archive inventory, digitising records, and handling new acquisitions. They also staff our Enquiry Desk, which is the public face of the Reading Rooms and the main point of assistance for our users. Interns also take a leading role in our Glimpses.
  • In our Marketing department. Interns draft posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, write press releases, conduct desk research and assist with the implementation of the Library’s marketing programme.
  • In our Residential side. Interns take two evening ‘duty’ shifts (5pm - 10pm) per week. During this time they welcome new residents and perform a security round. 

Our interns play a vital role in Library life. We are looking for candidates who are: 

  • Accurate, flexible and committed to excellent customer service;
  • Reasonably adept at social media;
  • Capable with office programmes such as Excel;
  • Happy to work in a small team, and good at managing their own time;
  • Unfazed by public speaking;
  • Ready and willing to learn. 

We are proud to say that many of our interns go on to positions in libraries and archives, or join prestigious postgraduate schemes. For some accounts of what our interns are up to now, please click here.


Three interns share a self-contained flat on the Library’s first floor. All living costs are included in the internship – utilities, Wi Fi, laundry, and food. Interns also receive expenses of £100 per month. 

Please note

This is a full-time position on a rolling rota. It includes some evening and weekend working. 

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday, 19th July. Interviews will be held on Monday, 24th July.