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Current or recent graduate students studying Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Museum Studies, Public History, or related programs may apply. Coursework in collections care, metadata, and archives management preferred. Knowledge of DACS and Dublin Core a plus. Prospective candidates must fill out an application form, provide a resume, have a brief interview with the library’s Curator of Special Collections, and undergo a background check (to be reimbursed by the library).


Internship and practicum students may begin at any time, pending institutional need. They are expected to contribute at least 8 hours a week for 10 or more weeks. They are under the supervision of the Curator of Special Collections and Archivist and are expected to follow the library’s rules of behavior and best practices presented by the Curator and Archivist. Set shifts may occur Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Class credit may be obtained per student’s request. All opportunities are unpaid. Students seeking limited, short term opportunities for class requirements (class project, alternative spring break, etc.) are encouraged to contact the library’s Curator of Special Collections.

Potential projects

  • Grand Army of the Republic Metadata: Index and research local Civil War veterans listed in a two volume set.
  • Local Authors Metadata: Research and compile information on local authors for finding aids.
  • Wasmuth Portfolio Index: Create a listing of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio architectural plates.
  • Students may also be asked to work on additional duties as assigned.

About Special Collections

The Oak Park Public Library’s Special Collections curates, protects, and makes available heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park and its inhabitants. Collecting emphasis is on local authors and figures—including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, Carol Shields, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harriette Gillem Robinet, and Philander Barclay. Learn more about Special Collections >

Interested students should submit cover letter and resume to Leigh Tarullo, Manager of Special Collections >