In addition to the SLIS Careers page, SLIS West has put together a list of tips and resources available to students looking for jobs both during and after their time at Simmons.

SLIS West maintains an email listserv where jobs and opportunities especially for SLIS West students are posted. These opportunities are primarily pre-professional jobs and internships, however some professional positions are posted that are particularly relevent to SLIS West students. Please email to be added to the SLIS West listserv.

SLIS West Student Office Assistant

Working closely with the SLIS West Program Manager and Assistant Dean, the Intern will assists SLIS West students, faculty, and student groups (LISSA) during the school year with program/course and technology support. This includes but is not limited to: maintaining course reserves; preparing classrooms and class materials; providing Moodle and computer lab support; helping organize SLIS West events; and collecting and analyzing program evaluations and other program data.

Hours/week — Up to 15 hours per week. Must be available on Saturdays, before and after each class, but work schedule will not conflict with courses. Remaining hours as arranged in advance.

One year, continued upon evaluation

MHC Archives and Special Collections Internship

The Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections Intern will engage in a variety of activities related to processing, managing, and promoting archival collections, while working closely with Archives and Special Collections staff and collaboratively with members of the Digital Assets and Preservation Services (DAPS) department.

Hours/week — Must commit to 2 days or 15 hours per week. Hours may be somewhat flexible, but must be scheduled in at least 2 hour blocks and during the hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Two semesters

MHC Reference and Instructional Support (RIS) Internship

The Intern will serve as a member of the Research and Instructional Support (RIS) team comprised of librarians and instructional technology consultants working within the Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) division at Mount Holyoke College. Projects and assignments will include engagement in all three major areas of RIS responsibility: collection development; reference services and instruction; and instructional technology consultation.

Hours/week — Generally 12 hours per week.

One semester, continued upon evaluation

Amherst College Metadata Internship

The intern will work closely with the Cataloging Librarian and collaboratively with members of the Digital Programs and Archives & Special Collections departments to create descriptive metadata for digitized materials to be added to the Amherst College Digital Collections. The intern will use national and local cataloging/metadata standards, authority files and controlled vocabularies to create MODS records for archives and manuscript materials.

Hours/week: Up to 16 hours per week.

Two semesters as student, one year as a professional upon evaluation

Amherst College Digital Programs Internship

The Intern will work closely with the Head of Digital Programs, and collaboratively with members of the Digital Programs, Archives & Special Collections, and Technical Services departments, on projects involving the digitization and cataloging of archives and manuscript materials. Duties will include digitizing materials from Archives & Special Collections and creating MODS metadata records.

Hours/week: 15 hours per week. Hours are flexible but must be scheduled in at least 2 hour blocks and must occur Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Two semesters as a student, one year as a professional upon evaluation

Job Search Help

The Simmons Career Education Center (CEC) will assist you with your resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. Visit their website to discover the many resources they offer.

For LIS specific guidance visit the LIS and Archives Careers LibGuide created by Kate McGrath, Dean's Fellow for SLIS West. This LibGuide offers a wonderful array of tips and resources, from the essential experiences needed as a student to build a resume, find internships, networking, and explore career options, and land that first post-grad gig.

Finding a Job

As a SLIS West student or new MLS graduate there are a number of job search strategies and techniques. No one technique suits everyone, but here are some options to explore and get you started.

  • Check job listings frequently and sign up for email lists. Take advantage of the many networking events hosted at SLIS West by LISSA West, including the annual Alumni Career Panel every spring.
  • Most importantly as a student or new graduate watch the SLIS West email list. This is where we post internships, student opportunities, networking events, pre-professional jobs, and professional positions that we feel are particularly relevant to the SLIS West community.
There are many great ways to begin your job search. One of the best ways to start is to check out local and national job listings. The great thing about job list sites and blogs is that many have an RSS feed, so which will notify when a new position is posted.
  • MBLC Jobs: Search for both paraprofessional and professional library positions in Massachusetts by region or type of library.
  • New England Jobline: The Jobline is a service of Simmons SLIS that lists professional positions throughout New England.
  • SLIS Jobs and Opportunities Blog: A great collection of pre-professional and internship positions ideal for students. Primarily central and eastern Massachusetts, but some positions in western MA and throughout New England are posted here too. Also includes some professional positions throughout New England.
  • ALA Joblist: For professional job postings across the US and Canada.
  • LibGig: A national job list across a variety of fields and specialties. Some para-professional, special library, and information technology positions also listed. LibGig also offers a number of career search tips and strategies.

Don't forget to check the job postings at specific institutions you are interested in working for. Sometimes they will only post to their own sites or post there first before posting to a larger job list.