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Opportunities for Students

There are a variety of ways to engage with the library, in addition to general student employment positions.

From awards to paid internships and programs, you can find opportunies to engage in cutting-edge research; obtain support and funding for your projects; gain real-world experience; serve as a mentor to others; and much more.

Design Lab

The Shapiro Design Lab is an engaged learning and project design community located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library. We offer equipment and spaces as well as four positions: Interns, Residents, Student Developers, and Program Assistants.

While the majority of students are hired at the beginning of the academic year, please sign up for our mailing list to find out about upcoming opportunities. You can also read more about the kinds of work we do on our blog: Lab Notes.

Michigan Library Scholars

The Michigan Library Scholars (MLS) is a provost-funded paid summer internship designed to allow undergraduate students to develop a deeper understanding of the role of academic libraries, gain real world professional experience, and enhance their own research and learning skills. Under the guidance of experienced library professionals, MLS interns develop and implement a capstone project with a global or international focus.

Applications for this summer internship are open during the winter term. 

Peer Information Counseling (PIC) Program

The Peer Information Counseling (PIC) Program provides expert assistance from undergraduate student employees who are trained in using the library’s rich resources to assist their peers’ academic success. PIC students can help with conducting research and accessing the library’s many programs and services.

To schedule a PIC consultation, email

Student Engagement Program

As an academic hub for all disciplines, the U-M Library is committed to actively engaging with the campus community to extend learning beyond the classroom. The Student Engagement Program offers three different opportunities:

  • Student Mini Grants — Receive up to $1000 to support innovative and collaborative projects that make a real-life impact. Projects must strengthen community partnerships, enhance global scholarship and/or advocate for diversity and inclusion. Open to undergraduate students.
  • Engagement Fellows — Work on innovative projects related to libraries, research, and information. Funding for student fellows enables incubation and exploration of new ideas and initiatives to realize their potential. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ambassadors — Promote library resources and services to the campus community through programming and social media. Open to undergraduate students.

The call for mini grants typically happens in early October, and we hire both fellows and ambassadors in the fall.

Undergraduate Research Award

Each year, we conduct the Undergraduate Research Award competition to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary academic achievements of our undergraduate students. Awards are given to students who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project and range from $250 to $1,000.  

Applications are accepted year-round, with awards being announced in late May/early June.

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Last modified: 11/07/2018