Intern - Technical Librarian

Location: Lewiston, NY, US

This select 12-week paid Internship program begins June 2019 and ends August 2019.


An intern at the Technical Library will significantly contribute to the ongoing sorting, scanning, and indexing of our legacy paper records. The intern will review files in detail and make directly available as PDFs online. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities the intern will walk away with after this internship

Skills: The intern will learn records management skills for archival indexing, scanning, cataloging, and metadata enhancement using  information management software.  They also have the opportunity to learn website development and administration on Microsoft SharePoint.


Knowledge: This experience will broaden the participant's knowledge of information and records management workflows in a corporate environment.  In the course of assisting the Technical Librarian, interns will learn about communication techniques for identifying a user's needs and providing helpful responses to reference requrests.


Abilities: At the end of the field work, interns will have the ability to:

- identify and classify groups of records
- develop an index to find and access the contents of files saved in archival storage boxes
- scan mixed media files to searchable archival PDF documents with Optical Character Recognition
- apply best practices for standardized record filenames
- identify and apply standard keywords to use as metadata on electronic files
- develop and test content on SharePoint in consultation with users
- carry out troubleshooting in end user support
- provide remote and in-person reference services to answer research questions

Education, Experience and Certifications


Only basic computer competency is required (familiarity with office productivity software and web formats).

Applicants with a background in IT, information management, or prior scanning experience  preferred.



Applicants should have good time management and concentration, so that they can split time between scanning work and other more varied open-ended tasks like file sorting/cataloging or SharePoint development.  Opportunities will be available to work on varied tasks and mutually selected projects.



The intern will ideally be a person who is planning to pursue a career related to information management (librarian, archivist, IT, public relations).

Individuals who are currently enrolled in an MLS/IT program or who have completed a degree and would like additional experience should be preferred.


The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer                       

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