TLA Internship Program

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TLA Intern Program

This purpose of this plan is to embed Library Science graduate students in select TLA committees (Disaster Relief, Diversity & Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom, Leadership Development, Legislative, Profession Issues & Ethics, and Public Relations & Marketing). See for details on the work of these committees.


  • Encourage participation in the association by student members
  • Add to committee diversity by including new people entering the profession
  • Provide a “face-to-face” educational experience for library students

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in a graduate program (leading to either an MLS/MLIS degree or Texas School Librarian certification) at a Texas university
  • Library School Student membership in the Texas Library Association (either TLA membership or TLA/ALA joint membership)
  • No previous appointments as a TLA or ALA intern, or as a member of a TLA committee

Application Requirements

Interns must submit an application for one or more specific committees:

  • contact information for a faculty member who can provide a recommendation
  • an unofficial transcript showing coursework completed in the program (or verification from the school office), and
  • an essay describing why they want to work with the identified committees (less than 300 words)

See program links below for specific instructions; applications due February 1, 2017.

Sam Houston State University
Texas Woman's University
University of Houston - Clear Lake
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin

Intern Responsibilities

  • Interns will agree to attend Assembly (no registration fee for this event)
  • Interns will agree to register for Conference (complimentary registration provided by TLA)
  • Interns will agree to attend any virtual meetings held outside of Assembly or Conference
  • Interns will be non-voting participants in all meetings
  • Interns will keep minutes for all meetings, and submit them to the Committee chair
  • Other duties as agreed upon by the chair and intern. Estimated time commitment is about 1 hour per month on average, somewhat more as the TLA conference approaches.
  • Maintain enrollment in graduate program through the appointment (graduation in May after Conference is appropriate)

Chair & Committee Responsibilities

  • Welcome the intern in all meetings, and include the intern in all discussions
  • Work with the intern to clearly communicate any duties outside of taking minutes
  • As requested, provide a reference for the intern

Graduate Program Responsibilities

  • Publicize the TLA Intern Program
  • Collect submitted applications unless otherwise agreed
  • (Optional) Verify enrollment in good standing (if unofficial transcript above not used)
  • Send applications to the TLA Office by February 10, 2017
  • Encourage Interns to include materials from their Internships in their portfolios

Association Responsibilities:

  • Publicize the TLA Intern Program
  • Recognize Interns (certificate, TLJ, etc.)
  • Foster mentorship between chair and intern
  • Provide complimentary full registration for Conference
  • Three complimentary lunches at TLA Conference

For additional information, contact Ted Wanner.

Page created Friday, March 11, 2016 by G. Meraz.
Page updated Friday, November 11, 2016, by T. Wanner.

Created on Mar 11, 2016 | Last updated November 11, 2016