Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Summer Internship Program 

The Beinecke Library will not be offering internships in 2019. Please check back in January 2020 for future opportunities. 

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library welcomes applications from current graduate students who will not complete their studies before August 2018 in library science, information studies, preservation, archives or a related program for its summer internship program.  The program has been designed to provide practical experience to current graduate students interested in pursuing a career in a special collections library setting.

The Beinecke Library is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books as well as strong collections of historical and contemporary materials. Its collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library’s website.

Beinecke summer interns will work in an area of their specific interests and will learn more about how special collection libraries and major research libraries are organized and function.  Summer interns will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills, as well as the needs of the Library.

Summer interns will work closely with staff in each of these areas and will be integrated into the broader operations of the library through tours, meetings with staff in the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library, and participation in special projects as available and necessary.

Eligibility and requirements

  • Applicants must be current graduate students in good standing in a library science, information studies, preservation, archives or related program, not graduating before August 2018
  • Applicants must have completed at least three courses before the start date of their internship
  • Applicants must commit to 10 consecutive weeks of employment between June 1st and August 31st
  • At the end of the internship, interns will be required to submit a final report describing their experiences or participate in an exit interview
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Successful applicants will need to pass a security background check

Summer interns will receive a stipend of $7,500 to be used for housing, travel and other expenses.  The stipend will be divided into three payments: upon starting, halfway through, and upon completion of the internship.

The following items are required for a complete application:

  • Cover letter indicating internship area preference, as described below
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of reference and contact information, including one from your current institution
  • List of completed classes (unofficial transcripts accepted)

Apply online on the Yale Grants and Fellowships website

The Beinecke Library has two locations for staff: a technical services location at 344 Winchester and a public services location at 121 Wall Street. Each internship opportunity will be located primarily in one or the other of these two buildings. Please send any questions concerning the internships to Allison Van Rhee, Fellowship Program Coordinator, Beinecke Library at

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