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The Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston offers up to three internships during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.  Internships typically last 180 hours and will provide the student with experience in an academic and medical library setting. 

Students will apply to intern in specific service areas at the Research Medical Library.  Areas available for interns are Information Services and Archives. 


Information Services Internships

Students that select Information Services will attend scheduled library classes, meet with information services librarians, attend Information Services meetings, and receive in-depth orientations to the key service points in the Library.  Students will select an area of focus within Information Services to complete their internship project.

  • Reference: Students will receive training and will respond to chat, email, and text reference questions.  Feedback will be given on quality of reference services delivered.
  • Instruction: Students will work with an experienced instruction librarian to create and deliver an instruction session in person and/or online.
  • Searching: Students gain searching skills in the biomedical literature in order to complete search requests.

Historical Resources Center Internships

Students that select an Archival Enterprise internship will work in the Historical Resources Center. Areas of focus include processing historical collections, digitizing historical photographs and slides, or working with the Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection.

  • Oral History Collection:

    The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection captures to stories of key figures who contributed to the history of the MD Anderson. Interns will learn how to process and make available oral history collections in our CONTENTdm repository. Interns will work the audio files, transcripts, and interview notes to create multimedia packages to upload to our digital library. Submission packages include digital files and accompanying metadata.

  • Image Collection:

    The Medical Graphics and Photography Collection consists of over 75 linear feet of photographic material dating back to the founding of the institution. Image types include negatives, prints, catalog cards, and slides. Interns will assist in describing and digitizing images for both preservation and reference purposes. Duties include processing images, entering metadata into an image database and digital library, and provide occasional image searching.

  • Archives and Manuscripts:

    The Historical Resources Center holds an archival collection that documents and preserves the history of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Interns will process archival collections. This includes creating detailed inventories, researching record creators, and composing finding aids. During processing, the collections will be screened for potential patient information.  Completed finding aids will be placed on the archives’ homepage and the libraries searchable catalog.


Eligibiltiy and Application Process

  • Graduate students enrolled in an ALA-accredited program are eligible to apply for internships.

  • To apply, send a statement of interest (250-300 words) and a resume to Clara Fowler at cfowler@mdanderson.org.
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