Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) Office Hours

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The Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming. Any public library in the U.S. is welcome to apply. Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort will be accepted from January 6–February 3, 2020. Is your library interested in applying to be a part of the 2020 cohort? During the webinar, you’ll hear from past III mentors who will share their insights and experiences from participating in this program. PLA staff go over the application process, deadlines, and program requirements. PLA staff and past mentors answer questions about applying to or participating in the program.

For more information, please see the FAQ and Guidelines.

How To Apply

The application to host an intern over Summer 2020 is now open, and will close on February 3, 2020:

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the application process and participation requirements for III;
  • Learn through firsthand experiences how past mentors from participating libraries have navigated III; and
  • Feel confident in knowing whether their library would be able to participate in the 2020 cohort if selected.

Who Should Attend

Public library staff interested in applying for the Inclusive Internship Initiative; library administrators and staff who would serve as mentors.


Analiza Perez-GomezAnaliza Perez-Gomez, a former III mentor, is a branch manager at the Laredo (TX) Public Library. She loves providing library services in her hometown to a mostly bilingual community. Her favorite part of the job is working with teen volunteers and facilitating book discussions.

Tiffany HarkleroadTiffany Harkleroad, a two-time III mentor, is the youth services librarian at the Butler Area Public Library in Butler, PA. In addition to participating in the III program, Tiffany served on the jury for 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant jury, and is currently on the YALS/YALSA blog Editorial Advisory Board and the SEE-IT award jury. She resides in Butler with her husband, their two dachshunds, and their cat.



This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.

How to Register

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For more information about the Inclusive Internship Initiative, please see the FAQ and Guidelines. If your questions isn't addressed in the FAQ, then contact us at