Internship Opportunity

PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Program

Our Library

Logan County Public Library opened in August of 1967 at 201 West Sixth Street in Russellville, Kentucky, with branches in Adairville, Auburn, and Lewisburg. An addition that almost doubled the size of the Russellville branch was completed in 1974. Our services continued to change over the years to meet user needs and to embrace new opportunities as modern technology continued to develop. Space usage underwent a number of changes to accommodate those services. These changes, along with consistently increasing usage, resulted in the new building at 225 Armory Drive in 2013. Now at the new location, our collection has continued to grow, we are known as a respected community partner, we offer a year-round continuum of diverse programs responsive to community needs and interests, and we serve as a technology hub for Logan County.


Intern will work closely with the outreach and programming departments to assist in reaching the Spanish-speaking community; whether that be on our social media, in our programs, our signage, or as patrons approach the front desk.

Internship Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of library mentors, intern will:

  • Work with circulation staff, administration, programming, and outreach services to reach the Spanish-speakers of Logan County
  • Help the mentor develop and contribute to the design and delivery of a connected learning project
  • Work up to 35 hours per week in the library to complete the project
  • Spend dedicated time writing and reflecting on the experience
  • Attend a kick-off event in June in Washington D.C. and make a presentation about the internship at a wrap-up event in September in Chicago
  • Participate in monthly virtual learning and networking opportunities
  • Complete short, biweekly surveys
  • Be comfortable sharing successes, challenges, opportunities across the Inclusive Internship initiative (III) cohort.

Intern must be:

Available to travel to Washington DC June 15-17

Available to travel to Chicago, IL September 15-17

Interns will be paid $15/hour

PLA will provide travel funds for participants to attend the kick-off and wrap-up events.


  • Applicant must currently be enrolled in a local high school
  • Applicant must be a high school student
  • Strongly preferred that applicant know and speak basic Spanish
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed and able to work with little supervision
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

Benefits and Importance of Internship

In 2017, the Public Library Association (PLA) piloted the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), which was designed to present librarianship as a viable career option for the next generation of Americans.

The library is here to serve the entire community, not just parts of it; that is why we are taking the initiative to bridge the gap between the Spanish-speakers of Logan County and the library. Spanish-speakers in Logan County are a marginalized group and currently have little to no representation within the library. With the help of a bilingual student intern, we will be able to reach that population and communicate with them more effectively, plan more ESL programs, and provide more resources and materials than we could before.

How to Apply

Please read over the above Internship Overview very carefully before applying.

If selected, we will contact you for a Face-to Face interview.

Deadline for application is May 3, 2018 at Noon (CST).

Hand deliver to:

225 Armory Drive

Russellville, KY 42276

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