This year, International Studies and Asia Library launched the first cohort of the Michigan Library Scholars Summer Internship Program, designed to reach out to undergraduate students with an interest in international studies and learning more about the library’s units and services. Each of the four interns were provided with an independent project and a mentor to guide them throughout their work. Along with the project, the interns were exposed to various aspects and units within MLibrary, such as meet and greets with the all of the units in International Studies, tours of the Preservation and Conservation Unit at Buhr Shelving Facility and the Bentley Historical Library, and training sessions on copyright, LibGuides, and e-resources.

At the end of the summer, the four interns will present final presentations on their projects, along with reflections on their work and the internship program as a whole. Future iterations of this program are hoped to continue in the following summers.

Student testimonies:

Hyung-Gwan Bae: “I had a fantastic experience working as a library scholar this summer! The new program was filled with wonderful opportunities for us to learn and expand our networks. I was most impressed with the scope of each intern’s project; the possibilities seemed limitless.”

Blair Scott: Personal statement forthcoming 

Mena Hermiz: “Being a part of Michigan Library Scholars this summer has been a great experience! I’ve loved learning more about how the library works and getting to meet many different librarians. I’ve gained skills in project management, web design, and communication. This internship has been a unique opportunity, and I’ve gained a larger appreciation for the U-M library and all that it does.”

Lauren Stachew: “I was really pleasantly surprised at how much this program taught me about the library as a whole. It really felt like everyone that we met cared that we were here, and we all felt immediately welcome in this space. I’ve realized through this experience that I’m capable of a lot more than I previously thought, and that’s something I’ll carry with me for a long time to come.”