Student Jobs at GVSU Libraries

GVSU Student Jobs

Hiring takes place a couple of times a year, please keep an eye on library social media for announcements (@gvsulib) or search for us in Handshake to see if we’re currently accepting applications.

User Experience Student Assistant

Join a team designed to create a better experience for library patrons in the Mary Idema Pew Library! Become a User Experience Student Assistant and help staff the fast-paced library Service Desk. Excellent customer service skills, enthusiasm for the library, and the ability to work collaboratively with other students and staff are required. Primary responsibilities include assisting users with research and circulation needs, providing building information and tours, and assisting with emergency and safety procedures. Many shifts are available, but all applicants are expected to be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings, weekends, and extra hours during Exam Cram and for training purposes. 

Access Services Student Assistant

Access Services Student Assistants are highly motivated, detail-orientated students who assist our Access Services team with the overall maintenance of our library collections and basic library operations. The capability to learn complex processes and specialized technology, enthusiasm for the library, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively with other staff and students is required. Primary responsibilities include emptying book drops, checking in library materials, pulling and re-shelving items, working in the mailroom, and working with the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (our cranes) at the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus. All applicants are expected to be able to work flexible hours, including some late evenings and weekends.

Pew Campus Library Student Assistant

Become part of an enthusiastic library team ready to help the campus community! We are looking for excellent customer service skills, enthusiasm for helping others, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Primary responsibilities include answering questions at the Library service desk, shelving and organizing library materials, supporting the Curriculum Materials Library, and providing building information.

Video Development Assistant (SE+)

This student will support creation of instructional videos in the Curriculum, Research and User Services Department. The person in this position will work closely with the instructional design librarian, liaison librarians, and other library faculty and staff to plan, develop, and create videos for use in instruction, virtual services, and on the library website. See the GVSU Libraries Instruction YouTube Channel for examples of the types of videos currently in use. The library will provide equipment and software, but if the student has access to other equipment, that can be used as well, if preferred. Work will be done remotely.

This position requires video production skills, interest in library research, excellent communication and collaboration skills. Experience with video production for clients, in course work or client work and graphic and motion graphic skills are also helpful in this position.

Library Research Center Consultant

Research consultants work in the Knowledge Market and guide fellow students through the research process, from brainstorming ideas to finding information and evaluating resources. Research consultants

  • work one-on-one and in groups with students in the library
  • assist librarians in classroom settings
  • gain valuable experience that employers are looking for

Consultants are trained to use library databases, government information, and even Google. They learn about interesting topics alongside students and develop their own skills in the process. Curious students are encouraged to apply. 

GVSU Libraries Practicum Program

We offer paid practicums/internships in fall, winter, and summer (at a rate of $21.63/hr as of 10/04/2022 with alternative options for stipends/etc.). The internship or practicum will take place at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale or Grand Rapids campus with some opportunities for hybrid or fully remote work. It will meet the hours needed for the internship/practicum with potential for additional hours as an adjunct library faculty. There is also the possibility of renewal as an adjunct library faculty in future semesters. Schedules are negotiable within the department’s Monday through Friday office hours. 

These paid educational internship/practicums are great opportunities for hands-on experience for current Library and Information Science students. Opportunities are available in all areas of the library with some specific practicums and internships advertised each semester. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


  • Can join us fall, winter, and/or summer
  • Must be able to work in the United States
  • Can be paid an hourly rate or receive a stipend/professional development funding if payment is not allowed 
  • Will receive mentoring, early leadership development, and access to library leadership as well as campus programs

Current Openings

Communications and Marketing Practicum

Grand Valley State University is seeking an intern/practicum student to work in the Libraries Administration Department for the Winter 2023 semester. Students interested in learning about libraries communication and marketing practices will be introduced to topics such as targeted email promotions, the creation of annual reports, and other strategies and outputs for internal and external communications.

This is a great opportunity for hands-on experience that would prepare a student for librarianship in multiple settings. Participants will also have opportunities to meet with Library administrators and other Library staff in areas of interest, as well as take part in learning opportunities. This is a paid educational internship/practicum for a current Library and Information Science student interested in gaining practical communications and marketing experience. 

During the internship you will:

  • Get hands-on experience building content for Libraries Communications outlets
  • Discuss strategies and best practices for both internal and external communications
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create reports and promotional copy.

This practicum can be completely remote. It will meet the hours needed for the internship/practicum as well as offer additional hours as an adjunct library faculty up to 10 hours a week and last the duration of the Winter 2023 semester (Through April 28). Schedules are negotiable.  Compensation will be $21.63 per hour.   

Required Qualifications

  • At the time of employment, be a graduate student in an American Library Association accredited (and within the United States (financially unable to hire from outside the U.S.), online library/information science program; and, be a graduate student who is beyond their first term of their program.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity,  inclusion, and accessibility as well as a focus on user needs and experience
  • Confident humility – the ability to simultaneously acknowledge one’s own and others’ expertise and values

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Curiosity – self-identifies and pursues the need for new skills and knowledge
  • Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
  • Clearly articulated career goals and professional interests related to academic librarianship.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume articulating how you fit the required and/or preferred qualifications with the subject “Communications and Marketing Practicum” to Ashley Rosener at [email protected]. Examples to meet these qualifications may be examples of specific projects completed in the workplace, as part of your education, as a student, in volunteer or nonprofit work, or lived experiences. Qualified candidates will be contacted for short interview process.

If you are interested in a practicum or internship opportunity at GVSU Libraries, please email Ashley Rosener.

As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance program, GVSU Libraries are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to help diversify and thereby enrich the profession.

Faculty and Staff Jobs

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Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. We are interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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