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Inmate Library Internship Soon Available

Posted by Editor on August 19, 2008

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Library is currently seeking interns for the 2009 spring, summer and fall semesters. This internship is an opportunity to gain an understanding and appreciation of the roles, duties and responsibilities of a full-time professional librarian.

Nature of Work

Process incoming book and magazine donations.

  • Prepare books and magazines for distribution to the facilities.
  • Collect donations from various locations in the valley.
    • The intern would travel with me as I visit the donors who supply the library with our books and magazines.
  • Meet with various other librarians throughout the City of Phoenix and surrounding towns and cities.
    • Currently we receive donations and work with the following libraries and organizations. The intern would travel to and meet the librarians and staff members at each of the locations:
      • Arizona Department of Corrections
      • Arizona Historical Society
      • Carl T. Hayden VA Hospital
      • Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center
      • Friends of the Maricopa Library
      • Friends of the Phoenix Library
  • For the 2009 spring semester there is the possibility of working on a project to digitize photographs and documents associated with the Sheriff’s Department.
    • This would entail working with the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Library and Archives and possibly Northern Arizona University.

Location and Schedule

  • The library is located in Phoenix at 3150 West Lower Buckeye Road.
  • The schedule is flexible but the Inmate Library is open 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Thursday.

Desired Qualifications

Current undergraduate or graduate student interested in library science in a law enforcement environment.

  • Detail oriented, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to commit to 10 hours a week and to periodically move and / or carry 25 lbs.
  • Be flexible, willing to learn and to help existing staff as needed.


  • Internship is unpaid, but the student can earn 3 – 4 hours of internship credit.

Application Process

Submit a resume and brief statement of interest to Ed Van Winkle at

  • All applicants must pass a background investigation.

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