Dewey Decimal Classification Intern summer 2020, OCLC, Washington DC

OCLC is seeking a Dewey Decimal Intern for our summer internship program. The successful candidate will investigate and propose improvements to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The work will involve researching areas of development by examining previous classification usage and identifying potential revisions to the Dewey schedules. The intern will also explore effective ways to communicate the impact of editorial work to users of the DDC.

Dates for the internship will be from May 11, 2020 to August 14, 2020 (negotiable) working full time during the summer in the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C.


  • Conduct research on subjects representing potential areas of growth in the DDC, including consulting reference resources as well as investigating classification trends through WorldCat and the Dewey Editorial Support System
  • Explore and evaluate potential solutions to reported problems by Dewey users in collaboration with editors
  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings
  • Write blog posts and/or social media posts about editorial team projects


  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal Classification (coursework acceptable; work experience in a library using the DDC a plus)
  • Familiarity with the MARC format (coursework acceptable; work experience a plus)
  • Digital literacy (e.g., familiarity with web browsers, data entry, Microsoft Office applications)
  • Attention to detail
  • Good reading and listening skills
  • Understanding of basic principles of knowledge organization

If you’re a student looking to gain:

  • In-depth understanding of the capabilities of the DDC
  • Real world knowledge of the complexity of maintaining a classification system
  • Potential for networking within OCLC and the Library of Congress

Then, come join our team! To apply, please visit:–Dewey-Decimal_R0001475

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