The Charleston Library Society offers part-time internships throughout the year for college students interested in a career in the non-profit sector. Students may apply to assist specific departments, options being: Marketing & Communications, Bindery & Conservation, and Library Services. Interns will develop skills through targeted projects, which may include promotion and publicity efforts for programs, social media planning, special collections care, event support, and library management. Our internship opportunities are unpaid, however, students may be eligible to earn college credit and other Library Society benefits. Internship opportunities are seasonally offered.
Summer: June 1 – August 15, applications accepted March 15-April 1
Fall: September 15 – December 15, applications accepted June 15-July 1
Spring: February 15 – May 15, applications accepted October 15-November 1
Regular career postings for the Library Society can also be found below.
Director of Development and Membership
The Charleston Library Society is looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and results-driven Director of Development to play a key role in developing long-term contributed income. It is critical for the person in this role to understand the unique aspects of membership and fundraising within a non-profit arts organization. The Charleston Library Society is a member-based organization focused on orchestrating lectures, performances and other cultural and intellectual activities for its paying patrons and donor base.
This position is a front-line and vital role responsible for the engagement and stewardship of members as well as the larger community through all brand forward activities including dynamic programming, digital communications, special events and strategic partnerships. This role actively partners with colleagues in development and membership to enhance and grow engagement. This position also works cross-functionally and in direct collaboration with colleagues in every aspect of the library to enhance the overall experience of every touchpoint and grow communications and build the audience on a regional and national level.
Part-time Events Team Member
We hire seasonally for several part-time roles in supporting our programming and events. These positions are vital to ensuring smooth operations and efficient flow.
Under the supervision of the Head Librarian and her designees, the Assistant Librarian will perform a variety of tasks directly supportive of the Charleston Library Society’s operations and collections.
This position is a front-line and vital role responsible for ensuring smooth operations for the entire organization. In many cases the caretaker to ensure that our foundation is strong and supported so that everyone in a specialty role whether library operations, library services, programs and events, bindery and conservation, development and marketing can be as effective as possible.
Director of Marketing and Engagement
This position is a front-line and vital role responsible for the engagement and stewardship of members as well as the larger community through all marketing activities including seasonal programming, digital marketing/social media special events and partnerships. This role actively co-leads and contributes to development and membership strategies.
Social Media Intern
Social Media Internship experiences may include promotion and publicity efforts for special events and programs on Instagram and Facebook, participating in social media and digital design planning sessions, and building out photography and captions for social media.
Development Internship experiences may include hands-on experience researching donors and prospective members, producing membership mailings, and working day-time and evening programs.
Marketing & Communications Intern
Marketing and Communications Internship experiences may include assisting with promotion and publicity efforts for special events and programs, participating in social media and digital design planning sessions, and assisting summer camp and holiday initiatives. Interns may also be directly involved in assisting with the development of outreach material for CLS members and local communities.
Bindery & Conservation Intern
Bindery and Conservation Internship experiences may include the fixing and repair of historic materials, an introduction to material science, creative bookbinding, and library activities such as collection preservation and assessment.
Library Services Intern
Library Services Internship experiences may include assisting with projects related to specific facets of our collections, creation of content that promotes our history, planning for tours or exhibits, performing collection-related research, and reaching out to individuals, groups, or institutions to promote CLS materials.