The time has come for me to say goodbye to both you and this blog, at least for now. As many of you know this has been a completely volunteer effort with the goal being to encourage librarians from everywhere to travel and work beyond their borders. I spent fourteen years of my life doing just that and it enriched and expanded me both personally and professionally. While I still completely believe in this mission, it is time for me to focus on other goals in my life, although I am not yet clear exactly what will be next…
This blog will continue to be hosted and available as searching the archives can be useful when researching potential positions. I will also continue to update my book: How to Become a Traveling Librarian as well as the Book Resources page.
I wish everyone, as always, safe travels.
Kind regards, Sarah P.
Category Archives: Internships & Exchanges
8.21.17 – International Criminal Court
Information Management, The Hague, Netherlands
Sarah P’s comments: I was asked to post this internship. I checked and was assured it is open to ALL nationalities as long as you meet the qualifications.
|Organisational Unit:||Information Management Unit, Information Management Services Section, Registry|
|Duty Station:||The Hague – NL|
|Contract Duration:||3 to 6 months|
|Deadline for Applications:||31/12/2017|
Required Documents for This Application
Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:
- A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
- Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words).
- Two reference letters (one academic).
- Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
- Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
- One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).
Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.
The Library, archives and Legacy team is part of the Information Management Unit and Information Management Services Section within the Registry. It is the Library’s mandate to meet the information needs of the constituents of the International Criminal Court, Presidency, Chambers, Office of the Prosecutor and Office of the Registry, and provide comprehensive and relevant information resources (both print and electronic), an accessible collection as well as efficient and timely services to advance legal scholarship and support the investigations and jurisprudence undertaken by the Court exercising its jurisdiction.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the Library team with providing a reference and circulation service to members of the Court by:
- Carrying out circulation tasks (borrowing, renewing and reserving items, registering and checking out users)
- Answering email, telephone and in person enquiries including processing inter-library loan requests, locating online journal articles and responding to reference queries
- Helping library patrons conduct print and electronic bibliographic research, including online databases
- Recording library statistics
- Shelving, labelling and processing publications as necessary
- Opening and closing the Library
- Support cataloguing and classification workflows, including archiving of digital objects
- Contribute to library projects, for example:
- Creation of library guides
- Development and updating of the intranet/internet
- Delivery of training
- Assist the Archives and Legacy team as required with the appraisal and description of materials.
All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
A qualification in library/ information science or the intention to pursue one in the near future is desirable, but not necessary.
Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court, in particular prior library, legal or research experience may be considered an asset. Full training will be provided.
The Library particularly welcomes applications from young information professionals, who wish to gain experience in the field of foreign, comparative and international law librarianship.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Maintains a service-orientated attitude at all times.
- Has a genuine interest in international law, particularly international criminal law, and legal research.
- Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
- Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
- Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications).
Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
Please note that the ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide any reimbursement for any expenses incurred during the internship. Accordingly, applicants must have the necessary resources or other financial support for the duration of the internship for which they have been selected.
8.8.17 – Internships
World Trade Organization
|The WTO Secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate university students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. Only a limited number of such internship posts is available.
As part of the internship programme, we also offer the WTO Accessions Internship Programme
(http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/acc_e/acc_internship_e.htm), sponsored by the Government of China, within the framework of the MOU on the “China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme” established in July 2011. Four internship positions are available on an annual basis under this Programme.
Interested candidates should follow the procedures and conform to the eligibility criteria set out below.
Intake to the programme is on a continuing basis, with no specific recruitment period. There is no opening or closing date for applications.
|Duration: Up to 24 weeks.|
|General FunctionsAssignments given to interns are intended to enhance interns’ knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, the needs of the Division recruiting an intern will be paramount in determining the precise nature of assignments.|
RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR INTERNS
Interns are recruited from among nationals of WTO Members state.
Interns will have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and shall have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies.
The minimum age for an intern shall be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years.
A roster of suitable candidates is maintained from which interns are selected. In addition to the regular internship programme, the need may also arise to recruit interns at short notice for particular tasks. These recruits will also be drawn from the roster. Names will not be maintained on the roster for longer than one year.
|Contractual Terms and Conditions:
Paid interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period). No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid.
Internships take place in Geneva, Switzerland only. Travel expenses to and from Geneva cannot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization’s insurance. Interns are also responsible for their own insurance cover for illness and accidents while they are working at the WTO.
The WTO may also employ unpaid interns funded from external sources.
Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks, the length of the internship depending on the project the interns is requested to work on, and on the needs of each Division. The granting of an internship does not entail in any way the right to an extension thereof nor to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply to external vacancies. Internships can start at any time during the year.
An internship can be terminated by the WTO Secretariat or by the intern with one week’s notice.
The Director responsible for an intern will write an evaluation report at the end of the internship, and the intern will also be required to evaluate the internship. Both evaluations will be placed on file.
An agreement will be established between the intern and the Director of the Human Resources Division, specifying the conditions of service and details of any remuneration.
Interns are treated like secretariat staff members during their stay insofar as their obligations, in particular with regard to confidentiality.
Dear Readers: In addition to posting open positions, I try to assist, when possible, with any request I receive for help with information. However, I am one librarian doing this on a strictly volunteer basis, so am sharing a letter (with permission) which I recently received from a librarian in Brazil. He has a lot to share and would like to exchange/work abroad, preferably the USA. I have already shared the IRRT Resources page as well as the LIBEX site. If anyone knows of any other jobs, exchanges, resources which might also be helpful to him in his quest, then please comment on this blog and/or contact either him or me directly. Thank you, Sarah P.
6.5.17 – Traineeships in the Information Management Division
ECB (European Central Bank), Frankfurt, Germany
Sarah P’s comments: Note that deadline is in 2 days…just received word on this one. Also note this position is restricted to: nationals of the Member States of the European Union.
- developing, maintaining and guiding the implementation of information management policies and procedures, and providing records management services, including in the area of data protection;
- managing the ECB’s physical and electronic archives and arranging for the disclosure of archived information when required, as well as the disposal of information in accordance with the ECB’s information retention policy;
- managing the ECB library and providing staff with print and electronic publications and information services;
- supporting the further development of enterprise content management and coordinating the selection of systems and tools for: (i) the archives and library, (ii) collaboration, and (iii) document and records management;
- providing related practical training, maintenance and support for the ECB, the Eurosystem, the European System of Central Banks, the European Systemic Risk Board and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.
The Division is divided into four teams: Archives, Library, Information Management Policy and Records Management, and Information Management Solutions.
As a Trainee, you will contribute to a selection of the following tasks carried out by the Library, Archives, and Information Management Policy and Records Management teams, according to your expertise:
- assisting in developing and updating the ECB’s information management policies, procedures and guidelines;
- streamlining and raising awareness of staff guidance material in order to encourage adherence to the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
- compiling an inventory of the ECB’s information-holding systems and helping to assess their compliance with the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
- quantitative and qualitative monitoring and reporting on information management practices;
- arranging and describing archival or library holdings (including audio-visual material) according to recognised standards;
- acquiring and appraising archives’ material to meet business needs;
- assisting in carrying out sensitivity reviews of archival records;
- specifying and/or testing functional requirements for records management and electronic archives management;
- providing reference services at the Library Welcome Desk using print and electronic resources;
- supporting the development of tailor-made information services to meet business and research needs through the scanning of literature and the use of news monitoring services, online databases, etc.;
- contributing to the Division’s information management projects, for example: digital archiving and preservation, digitisation of media assets, implementation of retention, mobile reading.
- a bachelor’s level qualification in librarianship, information, archives and/or records management or, if your first degree is not in this field, a postgraduate diploma, master’s or higher degree ̶ or enrolment in such postgraduate studies ̶ in any of these subjects;
- an advanced command of English;
- a moderate command of at least one other official language of the EU;
- a working knowledge of MS Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- ideally, knowledge of document management systems, such as OpenText Livelink;
- ideally, knowledge of library management systems, such as Ex Libris Alma.
The offices are modern and well equipped, but you will have to share office space.
Some tasks are physically demanding and you may have to work in conditions typical for book and record storage areas, particularly when processing and retrieving material from basements or locations at some distance from the offices.
The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise and a telephone interview.
Before applying, applicants should check that they meet the conditions set out in Article 4 of the rules governing the traineeship programme:
Further information on the ECB’s traineeships can be found via the above link.
Applicants are accepted from nationals of the Member States of the European Union.
The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.
5.22.17 – Health Institute Internship
Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed Institute, Dist. Ahmednagar, India
Sarah P’s comments: For people interested in Medical Librarianship, Public Health, and NGO work, this 6-month internship might be useful.
The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor, CRHP has become an organization that empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty and disease.
Pioneering a comprehensive approach to primary community-based healthcare, known as the Jamkhed Model, CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world. The work of CRHP has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF. In the last 40 years, CRHP has directly worked with over 300 villages primarily within Maharashtra, India.
CRHP established the Jamkhed International Institute in order to systemize the sharing of the Jamkhed experience with others, people from throughout India and the world, students and faculty in various disciplines, professionals and staff of NGOs and government.
The CRHP Internship Program is currently offering an internship in development, communications, programs, and evaluations. Since its introduction, the internship program has become a very competitive and sought after placement for new graduates from around the world.
The intern will assist the International Training Coordinator with international groups that come for courses and individuals in diploma course (usually in role as liaison); perform the role of ‘office manager’; and assist with the library with the Coordinator and librarian.
The intern will learn about CRHP’s work mainly through the courses s/he assists with, as well as will get to know people from all over the world who come to learn from CRHP staff and villagers.
This is a 6-month minimum unpaid internship. Working hours are typically from 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday. Interns are given one-week holiday during their stay. CRHP provides room and board on its campus in Jamkhed, India to all interns. Internship does not cover flight to and from home country and visa fees.
What we are looking for:
- Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
- Experience or demonstrated interest in public health, development, or NGOs
- Good writing skills and experience writing promotional materials, editing, producing and revising training resources (print, ppt)
- Competency in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, and Publisher
- Organizational ability, e.g. files, information, data, timetables
- Ability to work with a team and alone
- Willingness to take initiative
- Flexibility and cultural sensitivity with high interpersonal skills
- Good interpersonal relations and communication
Duties May Include:
- Assist international training coordinator with international groups, including ‘hosting’
- Be liaison between international groups & Institute/library
- Assist with various tasks for classes (including supplies, laptop & projector)
- Assist with responsibility of Institute/library office area, ‘office manager’, including maintaining important documents and resources on the Institute computer
- Assist with organizing and maintaining Institute resources, including keeping Institute computer updated
- Assist with developing/revising training resources (print, ppt)
- Assist with design & production of materials – promotion, training, PR materials, etc.
- Assist with promotion of courses – identify organizations, social media sites, etc.
- Assist librarian & international training coordinator keeping resources organized
- Maintain the library computer with relevant documents and resources
- Assist visitors with resources, being familiar with the resources
HOW TO APPLY
5.22.17 – Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador
About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.
Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject
Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.
What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.
- Run 1-2 classes per week
- Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
- Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
- Assist with center organization
- Assist during community work days
- Assist with other center activities when possible
- Keep activity materials up to date and organized
- Weekly check-in with program team
- Document work
- Experience leading activities
- Intermediate Spanish
- Previous non-formal education experience
- Previous experience working with multiple age groups
- Previous international work or volunteer experience
- Advanced Spanish
- Excellent people skills
- First class communication skills
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
- Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
- Tolerant, patient, and understanding
- Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs
Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.
HOW TO APPLY
5.11.17 — Library Consultant Internship
OCLC, Leiden, Netherlands
You have a life. We like that about you.
At OCLC, we believe you’ll do the best work of your life when you’re living the best life possible. We work hard to build the technology that connects thousands of today’s libraries. But we also work hard to make a job at OCLC a meaningful part of a balanced life- not a substitute for one.
The Job Details are as follows:
This challenging internship with the largest co-operative for library services in the world is focused on expanding our services in the French market.
In our EMEA headoffice in Leiden, Netherlands we offer the right candidate in Information sciences the opportunity to learn and experience our commitment to service Libraries world wide. The team in Leiden is multi origin including French native speakers. The tasks consist of supporting the writing, editing, and producing proposals outlining OCLC’s solutions that are in response to Requests For Proposal (RFP), Requests For Information (RFI), and similar requests from OCLC users, prospective users and OCLC staff. will learn to understand the OCLC sales process, including positioning, pricing, packaging, and the strategies used for each service and type of library/group.
We are looking for a native French speaker with the following skills:
- A bachelor’s degree in information science, speciliazed in library, library automation, or and/or technical and business writing experience.
- Document editing, proofing and formatting ability with a high attention to details.
- Highly organized and be capable of performing well in deadline-intensive environment.
- Good English language skills and other languages a plus.
3.29.17- Library Internships
The United Nations Library in Vienna and the UNCITRAL Law Library, Vienna, Austria
The deadline for applying has been extended to April 6, 2017.
The United Nations Library in Vienna and the UNCITRAL Law Library would like to invite students and recent graduates of Library and Information Science programs to submit an application through the UN Careers website (https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx).
The UNOV Library provides full library and information services to the staff of the United Nations units and Permanent Missions in Vienna. The collection focuses on issues related to drugs and crime, outer space affairs, as well as translation and interpretation. We also house an extensive collection of UN official documents and publications. More information is available at: http://www.unvienna.org/unov/library.html
The UNCITRAL Law Library serves the Secretariat and delegates of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. It houses one of the largest multi-lingual trade law collections in Europe. More information is available at: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/publications/library.html
For both libraries, intern duties include assisting with reference and client services, collections maintenance, cataloguing and digitization projects. Interns are required to have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of other UN languages would be considered an asset. In addition, experience or course work related to reference, cataloguing and/or special libraries is desirable. For the UNCITRAL Law Library, experience with legal materials or course work in law would be considered an asset.
Please note that the United Nations does not remunerate interns in any way. Costs and arrangements for travel, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions. The minimum duration of an internship is 2 months.
Interested candidates can find the internship opportunity posted on the UN Careers website at:
Chief Librarian, United Nations Library Vienna
Vienna International Centre
2.2.17 – Archives Interns
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland
Date of issue:02-02-2017