Internship in the Library at USP – Spring 2020 – Bethesda, MD

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. 

The Library supports the research and information needs of all USP staff and is also open to the public for research. Currently, the collection includes both digital and print resources.

This internship will provide the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience in librarianship in a non-profit, special library setting. The goal for this internship is to have an updated catalog of the reclassified print collection. 


  • Conduct an inventory of our current collection, to include weeding, shifting and reorganizing materials
  • Reclassify collection call numbers 
  • Perform copy and original cataloging
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information science
  • Completed a course in cataloging, metadata, or the organization of information
  • Knowledge of MARC and AACR2
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, as well as independently
  • Excellent attention to detail and willingness to learn
  • Ability to lift and carry objects/boxes weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Be available to work weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Jeanne Fielding, Library Manager at to apply.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

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