Atkins Fellows Program

The Atkins Fellows program is an eleven-week paid summer residential fellowship for students at the mid-point of their Library, Archives, or Information Science degree program. It is designed to provide each Fellow who participates with a work experience that is focused on professional-level tasks, with high level of independence and creativity, while also supporting Atkins Library's mission, goals, and initiatives. These fellowships are designed to give LIS students hands-on experience in an academic library.


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for Summer 2018 and have questions about the program, please contact the program coordinator.



Learn more about the Atkins Fellows summer program and meet with former fellows at these upcoming conferences!  Please stop by and introduce yourself if you will be attending one or both of these conferences and would like to learn more about the program and the experience.

South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) Conference
Columbia, SC

Friday, October 13
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Poster Session (Atrium)

North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Conference
Winston-Salem, NC

Thursday, October 19
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Poster #2 (Piedmont 4 - Exhibit Hall)


MLIS students that have questions about the program but are unable to attend these conferences are always welcome to contact the program coordinator, Amanda Binder at abinder3@uncc.edu.  More information about the program can also be found on our website.  Follow us on Twitter @atkinsfellow to receive notifications about the application process.



It is not too early to begin thinking about next summer and exploring options for paid fellowships and internships.  If you are attending the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago you can meet with the coordinator of the Atkins Fellows program to learn more about the fellowship experience and the application process.  Please stop by the UNC Charlotte Atkins Library table at the ALA JobLIST Placement Center Open House, Sunday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn more about the program.
The Atkins Fellows program is a summer library fellowship that offers MLIS students a $6,000 stipend and hands-on experience working in an academic library.  Applicants must have completed at least 24 credits (or two full semesters of work) toward a Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.  We currently have five fellows and they are working in the areas of Special Collections and University Archives, Collection Services, Public Services and Technology and Digital Strategies.  You can learn more about the program, the fellows and their summer projects at https://library.uncc.edu/atkins/atkinsfellows  
Atkins Library serves the students, faculty and staff of UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.  With current enrollment at nearly 29,000, we are the fastest growing campus in the UNC system.  Charlotte is also one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and the summer 2018 fellows will be able to enjoy an extension to our light rail system that will transport you from the university to many of the most popular neighborhoods in the city.  As North Carolina’s urban research university, we provide access to all of the amenities that you expect of a city with the benefit of being situated in driving distance to the mountains and the ocean.  This is an exciting time to live in Charlotte and work at Atkins Library and we hope you will consider joining us next summer!