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UK Libraries Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Internship

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Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Internship program.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2020) University of Kentucky Libraries is now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Internships. This internship provides students with the opportunity to promote diversity, multicultural awareness and inclusivity while gaining valuable research and communication skills within an academic library setting.

Each year, Diversity Scholars play a fundamental role in working with UK Libraries personnel to further the library system’s dedication to diversity and inclusivity, spearheading initiatives that diversify the perspectives and information represented in the libraries’ collections and services.

Through this paid internship, students will:

  • Develop outreach initiatives and research projects that enhance diversity goals, presenting them to UK Libraries faculty and staff.
  • Interact with library units to learn how they function and assist with projects, particularly through a lens of increasing diversity in research libraries.
  • Collaborate with library committees, task forces and/or working groups to create diversity-related activities and events.
  • Curate displays that highlight library collections representing diverse perspectives.

Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for this internship. Internships span the academic year and begin in the late summer/early fall.

Applications for the 2020-2021 UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Internship are being accepted now through June 30, 2020. To learn more about the application process or to apply, visit

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.