Rakow Library Public Services Internship


Join our team of reference librarians as the Public Services Intern and help connect everyone—from grade school students to studio artists to advanced scholars—with our multidisciplinary collections. Our collections span everything from chemistry to art to history and ranges from rare books and manuscripts to eBooks and streaming media. At our Library, you will work with top museum professionals, scientists, artists, and scholars in the field of glass. Shape your experience to reflect your academic areas of interest and career goals and pursue the skills that matter the most to you.

"My internship at the Rakow Library provided me with hands-on experience creating content, interacting with researchers and artists, and learning more about how a museum operates behind the scenes. With the support of enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, I was able to fine-tune my existing skills while getting the chance to gain new skills in areas of leadership, social media, and library services. Because of my time at the Rakow, I feel more confident in my abilities as a professional and have gained invaluable experience that will benefit my future career in whatever industry I continue in."
— Alaina McNeal, outreach intern, summer 2017

Learning/Training Opportunities

  • Gain public service experience
  • Learn how a specialized museum library works
  • Gain experience in areas such as reference, instruction, outreach/communications, and assessment.

Potential Learning Tracks

There are three learning tracks that applicants can choose from for their internship. The applicant should indicate which learning track they are most interested in.

Track One: Reference & Instruction:

  • Help develop a program or project with the public services staff related to reference, instruction, or research tools
  • Develop rich, multimedia content for our online knowledge base
  • Create programming or virtual interactives for guests and groups
  • Develop online research guides
  • Assess and/or evaluate public service functions

Track Two: Outreach

  • Help plan and execute outreach programming and content marketing
  • Create a blog series or social media campaign
  • Write for our donor newsletter
  • Assess outreach campaigns
  • Plan and participate in Library events

Track Three: Special Projects

  • Develop a project that addresses challenges for our Library
  • Reveal invisible collections
  • Plan a Wikipedia edit-a-thon
  • Capture glass history through our oral history program


  • Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a graduate-level academic program relevant to the internship, such as: library science, communications, information studies, or history
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work 30 to 40 hours a week for three months during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and take direction
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment with a proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart

Additional Benefits

  • Stipend to assist with living expenses up to $4,500, depending on qualifications and experience
  • 25% discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shops and Café
  • Free museum admission for you and your guests
  • When possible, course credit through your institution 

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following to interns@cmog.org:

  • A current resume; and
  • A cover letter indicating your project interests

Applications are due March 1 for the summer internship.

The Corning Museum of Glass is an Equal Opportunity Employer.