Ripple Internship Program

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The next opportunity will be for Fall 2024. If you would like to be notified when we begin accepting applications, please fill out this survey.


Are you exploring potential careers?

Do you have a passion for serving people and communities? 

Have you ever thought about working in a library?

Beyond the Page is seeking up to 4 interns ages 16 or older for a paid internship with the Dane County public libraries.

  • $16/hr for 10 hrs/week (flexible schedule)
  • Must be willing/able to travel throughout Dane County (travel stipend available)
  • Ages 16 and up are eligible to apply
  • This experience is intended for people of color (Black/African American, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Multiracial)
  • Help shape the future of Dane County libraries!

This unique internship experience is designed to give interns both a big-picture understanding of the field of librarianship (and the potential career pathways) and also practical job skills that can be used immediately.

Spring 2024 Start date: January 22nd, 2024

Spring 2024 End date: May 10th, 2024

Weeks 1-2: Interns will meet weekly with their cohort and get initial training/orientation at Dane County Library Service as well as learning about the history/values/future of libraries and library oversight/operations.

Weeks 3-4: Interns will spend one week each at 1-2 libraries in their assigned region of Dane County (SW, NW, NE, SE). During this time they will learn about expectations at each site and learn about use of technology, programs and outreach in libraries. They will also join their region's equity team, which meets monthly, if their schedule allows.

Weeks 5-16: Interns will work a regular weekly schedule at 1-2 libraries in their region. During this time they will continue to learn about career pathways, including taking a tour of the UW-Madison iSchool. The semester will end with a celebration and interns will leave qualified for many future library positions. 

Internship position description here

To apply, please submit the following items to Alicia TreviƱo-Murphy at trevino-murphy [at]

1. A current resume (PDF file)

2. A 1-2 page essay (PDF file) responding to the following questions:

  • What has your experience with using libraries been like for you?
  • What changes, if any, would you like to see happen in public libraries?
  • Why are you interested in this opportunity?

3. A 1-3 minute video (via Google Drive, YouTube or Vimeo) responding to the following questions:

  • What do you think is the most important role that libraries play in our communities?
  • What are the top 3 strengths and/or priorities that you would bring to this role?