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Atkins Fellows Program

The Atkins Fellows program is an eleven-week 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

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Atkins Fellows.  If you are interested in applying for Summer 2018 and have questions about the program, please contact the program coordinator.

 

News


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!

This year we welcome students and recent graduates from library and information science (LIS) programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro and University of South Carolina to the Atkins Fellows program.  Fellows are working on projects at UNC Charlotte Atkins Library in the areas of Special Collections and University Archives, Collection Services, Public Services and Technology and Digital Strategies.  Learn more about the fellows and their summer projects.  
 
This is the third year of the Atkins Fellows program, a eleven-week summer residential fellowship for graduate 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.  
 
Previous fellows have joined us from LIS programs at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Simmons College, San Jose State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro.  Please follow us @atkinsfellow to receive updates about the program and our fellows (current and former).