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Library Internship, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria


Salzburg Global Seminar seeks a self-motivated, proactive library studies graduate for an internship interested in supporting the creation of our institutional archives, our private library, and our programs. This unique opportunity allows the intern to receive real-world experience transforming digital documents into a usable archive and serve as the point of contact for Salzburg Global’s small, private collection.

This internship will focus on archival work, library oversight, and program support. In 2018, Salzburg Global moved its print documents to the Harvard University Archives. It is now seeking to systematize, organize and cull its digital documents.  

While in Salzburg, the intern will have the opportunity to support one or more programs scheduled during the internship. The intern will also manage our library and periodical collection.  

Typical duties include:


  • Work with Salzburg Global to develop file and naming structure;
  • Review digital program-related documents to ensure documents adhere to structure updating and removing files as appropriate;
  • Identify important historical documents that may have been lost over Salzburg Global’s 75-year history;


  • Researching potential program topics, partners, and participants, including compiling biographies;
  • Assisting in preparing program-related materials before each program;
  • Ensuring the smooth running of programs by providing event management and technical support (recording lectures, controlling the sound system, passing around microphones, showing visuals on the presentation screen, etc.);
  • Supporting program team and participants throughout the program and providing operational support;
  • Providing administrative support such as printing, copying, and mailing;


  • Catalog all new acquisitions and library holdings in DublinCore in our open-source, integrated library system, OpenBiblio, and the social cataloging platform LibraryThing;
  • Assign call numbers in Dewey Decimal classification;
  • Re-shelf and shift books that are out of place; and
  • Write gift plate and thank you notes.


  • Maintain existing subscription and their renewals as required; and
  • Research to find articles relevant to the session topic.

Skills Required:

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Salzburg Global Seminar;
  • Recently completed or in the process of pursuing postgraduate studies in Library and information science or a related area, which should include at least one cataloging course;
  • Previous volunteer, internship, or professional experience in a library setting;
  • A can-do attitude, ability to multi-task, and a willingness to work flexible hours according to program needs;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English, including the ability to edit text;
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Proficiency in internet research and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

German language skills are not required.

Each internship lasts for three months, with exact dates to be announced. Not all internships are available throughout the year. Due to program scheduling and accommodation reasons, we regret that we cannot accommodate internship requests outside these fixed periods.

Internship start date for the Library Internship is available in February.

How to Apply

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Submit your application.

The online form requires the following:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you want to work for Salzburg Global Seminar and why you would be a good fit for this specific internship
  • A CV/résumé

The application deadline is December 31, 2022. We will only consider complete applications. We will review all applications after the deadline and inform applicants of their status in January 2023. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to participate in an online interview. All candidates, successful or otherwise, will be informed of the outcome of their application. No phone calls, please.