UW Rome Center

Library Internship – Directed Fieldwork

The UW Rome Center has a growing and carefully selected collection of books and teaching materials, strong in the areas of Architecture, Classics, Art History and related fields. It is located at Palazzo Pio, in the historic center of Rome. Over 400 students enrolled in Rome Center-based study abroad programs use the library each year. The Rome Center Internship – Directed Fieldwork opportunity is offered in partnership with the iSchool and UW Libraries.

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is a globally-recognized program that educates students for careers and leadership roles in library and information science professions. The Directed Fieldwork opportunity at the Rome Center provides students with a structured opportunity to gain practical experience in a library setting. Directed Fieldwork allows students to apply concepts and practices learned in coursework to professional-level work under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.


Dates: 3 to 4 weeks usually in July/August

Housing: Studio apartment provided (for one or two students). All utilities except phone included.

Travel arrangements: Students are responsible for their own travel and daily expenses.



  • LIS 531 (Intro to Cataloging) or equivalent experience or class work in preservation of library materials.
  • Familiarity with the LC classification system.


  • Some reading knowledge of Italian.
  • Background in architecture, art history, or Classics.

Job duties

iSchool students who perform directed field work help maintain and organize the Rome Center’s collection of 4,500 books, periodicals and DVD’s. Interns make improvements to the physical state of the collection, make recommendations for the coming year, work to catalog materials and improve the collection’s database.


Please email a letter of interest, resume, and the names of two references to:

Cate Gerhart
Music/Media Librarian, Suzzallo Library, Monographic Services Division