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Teen Interns

Are you a teen looking to gain valuable work experience while making a positive difference in your community? This is the internship for you!

The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is seeking six Teen Outreach Interns. Interns will assist in implementing the library’s Connected Learning for Teens initiative, fulfilling the mission and vision of the Milwaukee Public Library and employing the strategies outlined in the Library's MPL 2020: Our Plan for the Future.  Interns will serve as faces and voices for the Library, spearheading teen outreach projects and developing new programs for teens in the Milwaukee community.  They will also consult on space design and redesign, mentor their peers, and host engaging events, all while developing critical career skills in the process.

We are looking for smart, innovative, and dedicated students who want to help others read, learn, and connect. If this is you, submit your application today!

Essential Functions


Develop and implement projects designed to engage teens in all that MPL has to offer, including building citywide programs targeted to teens, spearheading major teen outreach initiatives, hosting events and drop-in programs for teens, and consulting on game changing models for teen services.


Help Facilitate Open Making Time in the makerspaces, and work to build new ones. Work in collaboration with community teens to design makerspaces and present your recommendations to MPL staff. Help with subsequent grant writing to curate technology and art for the makerspaces. Assist with purchasing, installation, training, and launch parties. Create placemaking art for makerspaces, and help to engage educators in using library resources.


Help get the word out about library events and programs for teens. Serve as a liaison to peers, using social media and other effective strategies to engage teens in MPL programs and resources.


Learn how gaining experience as a library intern supports one’s future plans. Help peers to connect the dots between internships and their future plans by hosting college and career readiness programs.


Work closely with colleagues in the internship program, MPL staff, and community members to achieve the mission and serve the community. Advise on multiple library projects that relate to teens and the target markets outlined in “MPL 2020: Our plan for the Future.”


Coached by MPL staff, document activities, measure progress, and report on accomplishments.

Current Pay Rate:

The current starting salary is $7.95 per hour, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $8.19.

Conditions of Employment

  • Interns must be available to work from January 6, 2020 through June 9, 2020.
  • The work schedule is an average of 10 hours a week during the school year, which includes regular after school and weekend hours.
  • Teen Outreach Interns will be asked to report to either the Mitchell Street Branch (906 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204) or the Good Hope Branch (7717 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223) on a regular basis. In the event that a Teen Outreach Intern is asked to report to another location in Milwaukee, a bus pass will be provided if needed.
  • Some flexibility relative to hours and location may be required based on program needs.
  • Successful Teen Outreach Interns may have the opportunity to work past June 9, 2020. Summer hours average 16 hours per week, and locations may vary.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Must be working towards a high school diploma. NOTE: There is no minimum GPA requirement, but a current high school grade report must be included with your application.
  2. Must be at least 16 years old at time of application (by December 2, 2019); and may not be more than 18 years old on the starting date of the internship (on January 6, 2020).
  3. Must have reliable transportation to and from work.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Leadership experience in school and other relevant activities.
  • Genuine interest in helping peers to develop 21st-century literacies.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Ability to read work-related documents in English.
  • Ability to express oneself well in writing.
  • Ability to speak clearly and confidently.
  • Ability to develop rapport with peers, parents, and community partners.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team.
  • Basic project management skills.
  • Ability to learn technology fundamentals, including the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to learn communications and marketing principles, particularly social media.
  • Planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Commitment to representing the Library in a positive manner.

Selection Process

The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation, oral interview performance, or other assessment methods. The Milwaukee Public Library reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral interviews. Oral interviews may include written exercises.  

Please note that successful applicants will be assigned a time for an interview tentatively scheduled from December 9 through December 16, 2019 at Milwaukee Public Library's Mitchell Street Library, 906 West Historic Mitchell Street. Successful applicants will also be required to pass a background check and pre-employment screening.


Applicants may apply online here. Further information may be obtained in person from any Milwaukee Public Library branch, or by calling (414) 286–3019. Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 2, 2019.