Ripple Internship Program

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Application period closed for Fall 2024.  

If you would like to be notified when the next application window opens (for Spring 2025) please complete this brief form.


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. This program aims to attract more diverse talent to the field of librarianship. No previous library experience necessary.

  • $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
  • People of color encouraged to apply (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.

Fall 2024 Start date: September 3rd, 2024

Fall 2024 End date: December 20th, 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.

Remaining weeks: Interns will work a regular weekly schedule at 1-2 libraries in their region. During this time they will learn about expectations at each site and learn about use of technology, programs and outreach in libraries. They may also join their region's equity team, which meets monthly, if their schedule allows.

Internship position description here


How to Apply:

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?
  • This program aims to attract more diverse talent to the field of librarianship. How will the life experiences that shape who you are today contribute to 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?