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Internship Position at Foundation Center Library

LIBRARY INTERN (Unpaid/Credit Internship)

FOUNDATION CENTER (, the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, seeks an innovative, self-motivated, and user-oriented library intern to provide assistance with knowledge management, collections development, and resource sharing projects in the Center’s Atlanta library/learning center during the 2015 fall semester. The internship will require a commitment of 120 hours during the semester (minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 hours per week). A stipend of $5 to $15 will be provided for each day.

This is ideal work experience for someone interested in a career in librarianship, (particularly in special libraries) and/or the nonprofit sector. Learning opportunities include:

Career exploration

  • Exposure to the processes and systems involved in the day-to-day management of a library providing services to the public;
  • Exposure to programming practices and marketing techniques;
  • Exposure to collection development methods and procedures;
  • Exposure to the specialized body of literature published on the subjects of nonprofit management and fundraising.

Skill development

  • Experience in collection development and resource management, including developing policies and procedures for new services;
  • Experience in organizing information using a content management system;
  • Experience in marketing and promotion of library resources, including the use of social media platforms;
  • Experience in the use of the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, the nation’s leading database for researching foundations and their grants, as well as other research tools and databases;
  • As scheduling allows, complimentary enrollment in related Foundation Center training workshops.

Key duties/projects

  • Develop policies and procedures for use in implementing resource sharing services between the Center’s five library/learning centers and the public;
  • Update existing GrantSpace Knowledge Base items and compose articles on new topics as necessary;
  • Respond to public questions and comments submitted through the Center’s GrantSpace portal;
  • Coordinate marketing of services to Center patrons through social media, including use of Hootsuite, blog platforms, Facebook, etc.
  • Provide virtual coverage of the Atlanta office’s special programs through methods such as live tweeting, live streaming, video editing, and/or comment moderation;
  • Curate the Center’s YouTube collection of educational presentations and create shorter, highlight videos from full recordings.
  • Additional tasks on an as-needed basis.


Candidates must be currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an ALA-accredited master’s program. The successful candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, strong research capabilities, and core knowledge of collection development practices. Experience using a range of social media platforms and demonstrated interest in special libraries and/or nonprofit organizations preferred.

Email: (Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line)

Please do not telephone.

For more information on positions available at the Foundation Center please visit our website:

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Lunch and Learn Report: The Foundation Center

by Anne Bao, SLA Georgia Membership Director

On April 27th, I attended a very interesting Lunch and Learn at the Foundation Center’s Atlanta library/learning center. Foundation Center offices are located in Cleveland, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, while the he main office is in New York City. The new location for Foundation Center-Atlanta was previously a bank, underwent extensive renovation, and opened its doors in May 2014.

Stephen Sherman is the senior librarian, and there are two other librarians, one of whom is Lynda Larsen, who is also the Communications Director for Special Libraries Association, Georgia Chapter. I was given a complete tour of the library facility, which is bright and cheery because of its large windows. There is a separate training/instruction room equipped with a 72-inch display monitor that is operated by touch and includes a webcam.   Functions performed by the library/learning center include being curators of the library’s collection of materials on fundraising and nonprofit management, providing in-depth resource consultations for Foundation Center patrons, and maintaining the Center’s online GrantSpace portal. Instruction is given on grant seeking and proposal writing. The library is open to the public, and most materials can be checked out by patrons. The Atlanta location has approximately 4,000 items in its print collection, including soft cover reports.

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information concerning philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants-a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s web site each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 470 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.

To view photos of the Foundation Center Atlanta Library and our other April 2015 lunch at the Defense Forensic Science Center, visit SLA Georgia’s Flickr page.

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