Internship Final Thoughts

I am a little bit sad that my internship at Special Collections is over. I wish I was able to spend another semester processing but graduation is coming whether I am ready for it or not. This internship has taught me a lot about what I want in a future career. I would love to become a processing archivist. I love immersing myself in the collections, in the photographs, correspondence, and in the case of literature collections, reading some of the authors writings. But I have learned that sometimes I spend a little too much time looking at the collections when I should be more focused on organizing and arranging the collections.

Two main things I’ve learned from this internship:

  1. Read and follow the manual. Even if you think you’ve done everything you need to do, refer to the manual, because surely there is something you have forgotten.
  2. Processing might take a little longer than first expected. If you give yourself a timeline, add in an extra day or so for leeway.

Overall, my experience as an intern at the special collections library has been amazing. I have learned so much and gained valuable experience which I will take with me wherever I end up after graduation. I have applied to a couple project archivist positions, I am still waiting to hear back. Once finals are over and my regular job at Special Collections has ended, I will have more time to apply for other job positions!

If anyone is interested, I kept a weekly blog throughout my internship. You can access my blog here!




My name is Kristen Cook and I am in my fourth and final semester in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Arizona.

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I received my degree in English Literature and a minor in History. It was only recently I discovered my passion for old books and archival material, which has thus lead me to Tucson and pursue my master’s degree!

I have been working at the Special Collections Library on campus since the beginning of 2017, as a student page. More recently, I received a “Senior Support Staff” position, which has allowed me to work more hands on with the materials and assist the archivists and librarians in various tasks. I absolutely love my job here at Special Collections. Every day, I learn something new or find an item that fascinates and captures my attention.

One of the requirements of the Master’s program at Arizona, is a capstone internship. I could not think of a better place to serve my internship than at the Special Collections Library, my home away from home. During this internship I will be processing smaller collections, arranging and organizing items into a collection format. I am very excited to begin my internship and acquire more knowledge and experience with arranging and describing archival materials!