Are you or do you know an incoming high school junior, senior, or college freshmen in the fall of 2019? Kenosha Public Library has an exciting internship opportunity for you!
Kenosha Public Library - Kenosha, WI
Internship, part time, temporary
Monday, May 6th, 2019 4:30 PM (CST)
PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Program
The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid summer internships
to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works
with his or her library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through III, students from diverse
backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and
host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming.
The Inclusive Internship at the Kenosha Public Library
The Kenosha Public Library serves the area with 4 library branches and 2 outreach vehicles. We
provide materials, programs, technology, and classes to all ages in our communities, and work to instill
and nurture the love of reading and learning. Under the general direction of a KPL staff member as a
mentor, the intern will develop a connected learning project to be completed over the summer that will
benefit the library and the community. The intern will begin their journey with a kick-off event for the
PLA Inclusivity Internship Initiative in Chicago from June 13th through the 15th at which interns will
learn more about choosing, planning, and completing a connected learning project. Work on the project
will take place during the summer, followed by a wrap-up event in Washington DC from September 20th
- September 23th to share experiences with other interns from around the United States. Interns are
expected to spend dedicated time writing, reflecting, and sharing about their experience, including a
presentation at the wrap-up event.
Due to travel requirements, all applicants must be able to travel via airplane and train for the
kick-off and wrap-up events. The Intern will be accompanied by the mentor, and must have written
permission from a parent/guardian.
This recruitment is open to all qualified applicants and is intended to include diverse members
of our community. Interested individuals who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply
Internship Tasks, Responsibilities, and Requirements
● Ability to travel to Washington D.C. June 15-17 (travel expenses provided)
● Ability to travel to Chicago, IL September 15-17 (travel expenses provided)
● Creating, planning and completing a connected learning project, with the support of a KPL
● Participate in sharing successes, challenges, and opportunities across the internship cohort,
including a presentation with the mentor at the wrap-up event
● Applicant must be an incoming high school junior, senior, or college freshmen in the fall of 2019
● Must be available to work up to 29 hours per week between the hours of 8am and 9pm, and
must be flexible in scheduling.
● Employment period will total 8 weeks, beginning June 13. Project end date to be determined
depending on weekly schedule. Final date of employment will be the final day of the wrap-up
event, September 17.
How to Apply
● Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, a resume, and two letters of recommendation
(one must be from a teacher)
● Applicants must submit an essay in response to one of the questions in the essay instructions.
● Application materials must be submitted to Michelle Eisenhauer, Head of Administrative
Services, Kenosha Public Library, 812 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140 and must be received no
later than 4:30 pm Monday, May 6, 2019. Materials may be mailed, dropped off or emailed to
Please choose one of the following questions to answer:
1. The American Library Association has developed the Inclusivity Internship Initiative grant with
the hopes of diversifying the profession of library workers. Tell of a situation in which you have
witnessed the benefits of diversity.
2. Pick one or more of the four points of our Service Philosophy, and tell us how your identification
as a diverse individual would better equip you to meet one or more of those Service
Feel free to use this information as you formulate your essay.
The Kenosha Public Library Service Philosophy:
1. Provide outstanding equitable service to all
2. Respect patrons privacy
3. Purposefully develop and maintain connections within our community
4. Inspire and encourage lifelong learning.
The Kenosha Public Library Mission Statement:
The Kenosha Public Library is an ever-evolving interactive learning resource that enriches our
The Kenosha Public Library Vision Statement:
The Kenosha Community is universally literate, civically engaged, and embraces a global future.
The Kenosha Public Library Strategic Pillars:
● Strengthening Neighborhoods
● Inspiring Learning
● Keeping You Curious