[image-1]The Charleston County Public library joins 38 other libraries across the country in a brand-new internship program that seeks to increase diversity. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Internship Initiative Program, the program plans to introduce 50 high school juniors and seniors from various backgrounds to the field of librarianship.

The program will pair interns with a mentor, who will introduce the intern to all aspects of library life; administrative duties, library programming, and user services will all be part of the job. Additionally, the interns will have the unique opportunity to develop programming for new library branches.

This summer’s inaugural intern will be rising Burke High School senior, Shanequa Rainey, who will work alongside Outreach and Programming librarian Megan Summers. Rainey will also travel to Washington, D.C., later in the month to attend the program’s kickoff event.

The program will serve both as a stepping stone to new career possibilities as well as opening up student’s eyes to the various ways libraries benefit their communities. You can learn more about the program online.