CEP Program Components

As an ARL Career Enhancement Program fellow, you will have a unique opportunity to create a meaningful, practical experience in an ARL library. Each fellow will be matched with a host institution—based on interest and availability—that can best provide a rich and rewarding internship experience.

In the Career Enhancement Program, each fellow will experience:

  • a 6- to 12-week paid internship in an ARL library;
  • an opportunity to work with other LIS graduate students in a cohort environment (up to two fellows assigned to the same institution);
  • the potential for academic credit for the practical experience (fellow is responsible for arranging this program component with their home institution);
  • a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian while on campus for the internship (see Mentoring Relationship); and
  • an opportunity to attend the annual ARL Leadership Symposium (held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting).

Fellowship Compensation

The ARL Career Enhancement Program will provide each fellow with a rewarding compensation package. The total compensation package exceeds $10,000 per fellow and includes:

  • relocation assistance of up to $1,000; housing reimbursement of up to $2,500;
  • a stipend for internship work of up to $4,800 (240 hours x $20 per hour); and
  • financial support for travel and accommodations to attend the annual ARL Leadership Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, January 2015 (estimated value $1,400).

Leadership Symposium

The annual ARL Leadership Symposium will be held in late January 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the Leadership Symposium, each fellow will:

  • have an opportunity to learn about macro-level issues facing research libraries and archives;
  • connect with other ARL diversity programs participants, including MLIS students in the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, the ARL Career Enhancement Program, and the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program; and
  • participate in ARL career networking opportunities:
    • reception honoring all ARL diversity programs participants
    • lunch with ARL library directors
    • events with ARL HR representatives and professional staff.


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