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Library & Information Technology (LIT) Program Internships
Please note: this information applies ONLY to the Palomar College LIT Program. Contact the Cooperative Education Office for internships in all other  programs and disciplines.

Spring 2016 Courses
Register for:  
Two (2) units : CE 100 Section 31841 or CE 150 Section 31931
 Three (3) units : CE 100 Section 31842 
Four (4) units : CE 100 Section 31838

  • Students enrolled in CE 100 or 150 must work the following number of hours during the semester hours worked before the semester start date or after the end date will not count toward CE):

2 units = 120 volunteer or 150 paid hours
3 units = 180 volunteer or 225 paid hours
4 units = 240 volunteer or 300 paid hours

  • Units earned for Cooperative Education Internship (CE 150) or Cooperative Education Work Experience (CE 100) can be applied to the Electives Group II requirement for a Library and Information Technology AS Degree or Certificate.

Contact the people listed below, or visit the Cooperative Education Department (Coop-Ed) website for more information about setting up an internship (including finding a site, setting up objectives, course registration, forms, deadlines, and other requirements). Some current internship opportunities are also listed belowNOTE: For Summer, contact Kat Balouch only.

Tamara Weintraub
Professor and Cooperative Education Coordinator
   for Library & Information Technology (Fall & Spring Semesters only)
Library, Room 211
Tel.: 760-744-1150 x2967


Kat Balouch
Academic Dept. Assistant
Bruce McDonough, Dept. Chair
Cooperative Education Department
Room P8D and P8E
Tel.: 760-744-1150 x2354

Last updated December 8, 201
Note: all information below is current as of the date above, even if the posting date is older 

EMPLOYERS: If you would like to post an internship job here, please contact Tamara Weintraub (see above). More information is available below or in the LIT Internship Brochure for Employers.

STUDENTS: If you are interested in any of the employers below, please contact and make arrangements directly with the listed contact person. More information about internships is available below or in the LIT Internship Brochure for Students


  • This is not a comprehensive listing of opportunities available, and is provided as a courtesy to Library and Information Technology students and potential internship employers. Students wishing to do their internship at other sites should contact those sites.

  • Palomar College does not guarantee that students will be accepted for an internship at any of the sites listed here.

  • Palomar College does not guarantee that employers listed here will get interns from our program.

  • Palomar College does not provide any monetary compensation for internship employers, supervisors, or students.

  • Palomar College is not involved in any other way with the placement, hiring, or employment of its students who perform paid or unpaid internships at non-Palomar College work sites for their cooperative education experience/internship.

  • Per California Education Code 78249, students who are enrolled in cooperative work experience education (CE 100 or CE 150) through Palomar College and are not getting paid for these services by their cooperative education employer are covered by Palomar Community College District’s worker’s compensation/liability insurance outside of the classroom. Contact the Cooperative Education Department (see above) for more information.

Palomar College Library

1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069


Assist patrons at the Circulation Desk, learn basics of materials processing, shelve materials using the LC classification system.


Additional Information

This is a non-paid internship.


Peggy Richardson

Library Staff Supervisor

(760) 744-1150 x3242

Posted 10/7/2011


San Diego County Law Library

Opportunities available at the San Diego (downtown Main  Library) and/or the Vista (North County) branches

These are non-paid volunteer assignments that may include some or all of the following tasks: assist with reference, special projects, circulation, membership, materials processing, and archives maintenance.

San Diego County Law Library
Laurel Moran, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Head of Core Operations
1105 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92101


Posted 12/08/2014


San Diego County Library

Opportunities available at all branches throughout San Diego County

These are non-paid volunteer assignments that may include some or all of the following tasks:

Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or appropriate referral on-line, in person, or by telephone.
2.  Assists customers in the use of library facilities materials and community resources.
Uses automated circulation system to charge and discharge library materials, create and edit customer accounts, and maintain accurate inventory records.
Assists customers in the use of library technology including wireless access, computers, printers, self-service equipment, and on-line library resources.
Shelves library materials.
Maintains library facilities by keeping them in an orderly and appealing condition.
Collects and accounts for money using automated cashiering systems or other technology.
Packs and unpacks materials.

Vista Library Branch
Libby Lebeau

San Diego County Libraries (all other branches)
Angelica Fortin

Updated 1/07/2014

MiraCosta College Library
Oceanside Campus Library:  1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside CA 92056

San Elijo Campus Library:  3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff CA 92007


This non-paid volunteer assignment includes the following tasks:

  • Public Services interns will assist library users with a variety of circulation and user services needs at the Circulation Desk related to material circulation, periodicals processing, patron holds, explanation of policy and procedure and shelving/shelf maintenance.

  • Technical Services interns will assist with a variety of clerical and data-entry tasks related to the acquisition, processing, and cataloging of library materials.

  • Assist library staff with special projects (e.g., collection analysis, weeding, shifting, creating signage).

Additional Information
All interns/volunteers should inquire with MiraCosta College Library at least two (2) weeks prior to desired internship start date, and must complete (in person) MiraCosta Community College District volunteer forms provided by their MiraCosta College Library internship supervisor prior to beginning internship hours. Fall and Spring semester internships only.



Jennifer Paris

Electronic Resources Librarian

San Elijo Library & Information Hub

MiraCosta College

(760) 634-7814

Updated 12/08/2014


RICA (Researchers Implementing Conservation Action)

RICA is a non-profit whose Mission Statement is: “Conduct and utilize good science to implement, and educate the Public about, wise conservation, utilizing the efficiencies of collaboration, and encouraging the increased ability to effect conservation (i.e., capacity building).”

RICA has the following goals:

·         Conduct timely research on priority issues and wildlife species; participating in, and encouraging, cooperation, mentoring, and capacity building at every opportunity.

·         Use defensible scientific data to implement wise conservation action and support similar efforts by others.

·         Educate the Public, and especially the youth (the societal teachers and decision-makers of the future), about conservation needs and priorities and the disappearing, but no less important, functional links between them and their environment.


RICA is looking for students to help create several working bibliographies, including one on the ringtail, one on raptors and climate change, and a longer-term project on the world literature on the owls.  More information about the organization, projects, and internship available upon request (see contact below).

Additional Information


·         This is a non-paid (volunteer) internship.

·         Familiarity with the life sciences preferred but not required.

·         Intern may work off-site (e.g., from home), or at another location to be arranged with employer.

Jeffrey L. Lincer, Ph.D.
President, RICA (a non-profit organization)                  
Researchers Implementing Conservation Action   
(619) 668-0032

Posted 9/3/2014

Escondido Public Library

See volunteer/internship opportunities at

Cookie Allen
Volunteer Coordinator, Escondido Public Library
(760) 839-4819
Updated 11/30/2011


Tifereth Israel Synagogue
6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego, CA 92119

Tifereth Israel Synagogue maintains a small, special library to support the needs of the congregation’s religious school, pre-school, and adult congregants. The library contains a collection of about 3000 books and DVD’s, a computer lab, and a projection system.

Duties may include some or all of the following, schedule permitting:

  • Assist children, teachers, and synagogue members with their library needs

  • Circulation (check-in and check-out)

  • Keep the library room in order, including shelf-reading

  • Process materials

  • Prepare the library cart for weekend events

  • Prepare bulletin board exhibits

  • Regular communication with the supervising librarian and the chairperson of the library committee

Additional Information

  • The intern will be paid 2 hours per week ($9.00/hour); the remaining number of hours required to receive credit for the internship will be volunteer.

  • This position is available until filled. Hours should (but may not necessarily) coincide with the hours that the synagogue’s religious school is in session Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

  • The intern will need to become familiar with the library’s computer system and software, Alexandria, from the Companion Corporation. All catalog maintenance and circulation functions are performed on Alexandria. The supervising librarian will train the intern on Alexandria. The supervising librarian has an MLS degree, is a member of the library committee, and is currently employed as a reference librarian in a San Diego area public library.

  • A familiarity with Jewish beliefs, practices and rituals is helpful, but not essential for this position.

Sue Braun
Library Committee Chair
(619) 287-4949
Updated 4/11/2011

San Diego Archaeological Center
Archaeological Library Internship
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027-7001
Phone: 760.291.0370 Fax: 760.291.0371

Do you have an interest in history, anthropology or archaeology? Would like to work in a Special Library? Come check out our Center Library.

Description of the Internship

  • Accession and catalog new and previously unprocessed books into the library collection
  • Evaluate general condition of the archive
  • Catalogue collection according to standardized SDAC nomenclature
  • Organize collection by document type, personal collection, and site number
  • Observe and learn Center procedures for regular collection inspection, pest control, and monitoring of environmental conditions
  • Provide assistance to Center staff and outside researchers in the use of collections, including access, retrieval, and replacement of library material   

This is an unpaid internship. Volunteers are also welcome. Additional information can be found at

Cara Ratner, M.A.
Education Programs Director
San Diego Archaeological Center & Museum
(760) 291-0370

SDAC is open Mondays – Saturdays.  Visitors and Volunteers welcomed.

Updated 11/20/201

Alliant University
San Diego: 10455 Pomerado Rd., San Diego, CA 92131-1799
Irvine: 2855 Michelle, Ste. 300 Rm. 316, Irvine, CA 9206


Assist with reference, circulation, materials processing, gift evaluation.


Additional Information

Internships are available at either the San Diego (Walter Library) or Irvine (Information Resource Center) locations of Alliant University. This is a non-paid internship.


Scott Zimmer
University Librarian
Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 635-4553
Updated 2/9/2011

San Diego Mesa College - LRC
Library & Audio Visual Services
7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 92111-4918

The emphasis of the assignment is to provide Instructional/technical support to Library instruction classes, Reference Area, and Career Collections.

This non-paid volunteer assignment includes the following tasks:

  • Assist faculty and students in the use of electronic equipment/computers

  • Assist librarians with set up for library orientation sessions

  • Support/assist Network Specialist with computer updates in classrooms

  • Receive, catalog and file reference materials

  • Maintain and update Reference statistical data

  • Maintain Career Collection and re-shelve books as needed

  • Supply and update library forms

  • Assist patrons at the Circulation Counter

  • Assist in security sweeps at closing (if on evening duty).

Additional Information
All interns/volunteers must complete a SDCCD Volunteer form and obtain fingerprint live scan and TB test at their expense.  


Charlotta Robertson
Instructional Support Supervisor
Library & Audio Visual Services
San Diego Mesa College-LRC
(619) 388-2448
Posted 12/16/2010

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 Last Updated 11/04/15