Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
(Lincoln & outside Nebraska)
800-307-2665 (Nebraska only)
|2021 Nebraska Library Internship
The Nebraska Library Commission
has made funding available to accredited
Nebraska public libraries for internships through
the 2021 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program. This project is supported
in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology
Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.
This internship program works to introduce
high school and college students to the varied and exciting
work of Nebraska libraries. The internships are intended
to function as a recruitment tool, helping the student
to view the library as a viable career opportunity while
providing the public library with the finances (up to
$1,000 per library or branch) to provide stipends to
the student interns. In the past student interns have helped
the libraries expand programs, complete projects, improve
websites, and expand social media use, while bringing
fresh ideas into the library.
Grant applications will
be accepted electronically starting September 9,
All applications must be received by 11:59pm Central Time on
November 10, 2020.
The Nebraska Library Internship
Grant program encourages and supports the following
- The internship introduces promising high school
and college students to the varied and exciting
work of Nebraska libraries by involving them in
real library work that takes advantage of their
experience and interests.
- The internship functions as a recruitment tool,
helping the student view the library as a viable
- The internship provides students with an enlightened
view of the roles of libraries and librarians, an
understanding of behind-the-scenes library operations,
and insights into the role of technology in libraries.
- Libraries receive financial assistance to
provide stipends to students who often help
expand a program or complete a project and bring
in fresh ideas.
- Data and evidence will be collected to show
that communities benefit from the grant-funded
Calendar & Deadlines
Application Cycle Opens: September 9, 2020
2021 Application Deadline:
November 10, 2020 11:59 PM (Central Time)
Award Announcement: December 1, 2020 (anticipated date)
Completion of Internships: on or before November 30, 2021
To learn more, watch the NCompass Live Webinar Recording,
NLC Grants for 2021
Eligible Grant Applicants
Accredited Nebraska public libraries may apply.
Applicants may partner with other types of libraries
to provide a variety of work settings - partnerships
with other public, school, academic, or special libraries
Grant Amounts to be Awarded/Use
Grant awards will range from $500
to $1,000. Public libraries that have multiple branches
may apply for $500 to $1,000 per branch. No matching
funds are required. The grant awards are restricted
to any of the following: stipends provided to the intern(s),
intern wages, and withholdings such as FICA and taxes.
Funds may be used to fund one or more student interns.
For example, a library may provide one 100-hour internship
during the summer months that might last eight weeks,
or two 50-hour internships during the school year that
might last ten weeks, depending on the needs of the
library and the scheduling needs
of the internship candidates.
It is expected
that between 20 and 25 grant applications will be funded, providing library internships to 25 to 35 high
school and college students in public libraries across
Internship periods will be determined by the library receiving the award; however they must be completed on or before November 30, 2021.
The hours spent at the library will be planned by the supervisor to introduce the student to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities throughout the library. One staff person should be identified to work closely with each student intern and accept responsibility for ensuring a rich learning experience. This staff person will also be responsible for meeting the reporting requirements of the grant. Under general supervision, the student intern will perform a range of day-to-day tasks in the library to gain general knowledge of library work, as well as work on specific programs and activities. Past interns have checked out books and other materials to library customers, assisted library personnel with summer reading programs and story hours, attended trainings, developed displays, weeded collections, produced flyers and brochures, reviewed policies and budgets, worked on library Websites, created Facebook pages, developed a shelving tutorial for library volunteers, and written newspaper and newsletter articles. The intern′s supervisor will work with the student to determine how supervision will be conducted and what projects will be completed.
Eligible Interns and the Type of
Public library grantees will recruit
and select their interns, however interns selected must:
- Be either a high school or college student,
- Have never been employed by a library nor an intern at a library (previously
or currently) (there are no restrictions associated
with students who have served as library volunteers)
A stipend-based internship is recommended or the library
could choose to hire the student as a part-time temporary
employee with an hourly wage. The exact terms of the
internship should be determined by the library’s
Careful thought should be given to how the internship relationship is set up. For stipend-based internships
minimum wage requirements must be met. In Nebraska, minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. Those that hire students
as part-time employees may pay students a "training wage" of at least 75 percent of Nebraska’s minimum wage or
$6.75/hour for up to 90 days. However paying minimum wage or more allows the library to be competitive. The library may choose
to pay more than the minimums discussed here.
Since the student does not own
and operate a business, classifying them as a contractor
or contract employee would not be appropriate.
Because employers are subject to Federal law with respect to working hours, if a student is selected for the internship
that is under the age of 16, they would only be able to work a maximum of 3 hours per day between 3:00 and 7:00 PM on
school days and no more than 8 hours per day between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on weekend days. From June 1 through Labor Day,
students under 16 may work up to 40 hours per week but no earlier than 6:00 AM nor later than 9:00 PM. To employee minors
under the age of 16 the library will need to first obtain an Employment Certificate for that student. The library will
also need to post a completed Form 110 in the room where the student generally works. Libraries that have questions
regarding wage or under-age requirements may ask their questions of the Nebraska Department of Labor by completing
Nebraska public library
applicants must complete the online
PDF version is available for your
reference and to prepare for completing the online form.
Applications must be submitted electronically by
11:50 pm CST on November 10, 2020. Faxes and U.S mail
will not be accepted.
In addition, the
Signature Page must also be sent via email (printed, signed, scanned, and emailed). This may be done during the week following the due date.
For inquiries about the Internship Grant program or application process,
Christa Porter, Library Development Director, 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.
To help you develop a timeline and list of possible intern activities
for your proposed internship, you are encouraged to download the example
Proposed Timeline and Schedule of Internship Activities.
Libraries that receive an internship grant are asked to orient their intern(s) to the broad range of work that takes place at public libraries. To help you develop an orientation plan that fits your library, you are encouraged to download and review
the Sample Public Library Orientation Plan.
The Employer Guidebook to Developing a Successful Internship
Program, from the Nebraska Department of
Economic Development, provides tips
on creating an engaging internship for students as well
as an effective program for the business. This Guidebook
also includes sample job descriptions and letters to
help you get started.
of Awarded Applicants & Selected Interns
The library director or staff
- Credit the Nebraska Library Commission in all
publicity about the project.
- Assign an intern supervisor.
- Direct the selection process of their intern(s)
and select intern(s) that meet the grant requirements.
(Interns must be high school or college students
that have never been employed by a library nor have interned at a library.
There are no restrictions associated with current or past library volunteers.)
- Work with the student to determine how supervision
will be conducted and what projects will be completed.
- Introduce the intern to all aspects of library
- Orient the intern to library-related educational
and career opportunities.
- Track student’s hours and activities.
- Expend grant funds as intended (restricted to
any of the following: stipends provided to the intern(s),
intern wages, and withholdings such as FICA and
taxes if applicable). The library director will
submit a signed form attesting to how grant funds
were expended as intended after the internship has
- Ask the intern (or their parents if the student
is under age 18) to sign the Internship Survey
Consent Form at the start of the internship. Once
signed direct the intern to complete the baseline
survey as provided by the Nebraska Library Commission.
At the completion of the internship, ask the intern
to complete the post evaluation survey. The one
consent form covers all surveys. The intern may
choose not to complete the survey.
- The intern supervisor should complete and submit
the reporting form/survey for each intern benefiting
from grant funds. The intern supervisor should also
complete the internship program evaluation survey
and provide a summary report of the internship detailing
the projects, experience, results, and impacts of
- Respond to requests for information from the
Nebraska Library Commission and be available for
potential follow-up interviews or surveys.
The intern will:
- Complete project(s) demonstrating varying levels
of responsibility appropriate to the intern′s
ability to perform.
- Consider signing (or asking your parents to
sign if student is under age 18) the Internship
Survey Consent Form at the start of the internship.
If signed, complete baseline and post-internship
evaluations as provided. While these survey instruments
provide important information when compiled with
other interns′ evaluations for future improvements
to the program, completing the surveys are optional.
The Nebraska Library Commission will:
- Remit grant funds directly to the library within
30 days of receipt of the signed grant agreement
and request of funds form.
- Increase awareness about the library profession
and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska
- Provide information about the grant program,
tips to successful internships, information
through scheduled webinars on NCompass Live, and information through this project
- Provide an instructional document entitled “Instructions for Directors and Intern Supervisors” to funded libraries.
This document includes suggestions, expectations, and hot links to resources, samples, surveys, forms, and supplemental
information that highlights select employment and wage laws to be aware of. Supervisors may request a copy of this if they
cannot find the one that was provided to them electronically.
- Assist potential interns and interested libraries
- Maintain program files.
- Collect surveys and reports from the libraries,
evaluate the program and disseminate aggregated