Thinking about volunteering? We’d love to talk to you about your interests and how they might fit our volunteer needs. To set up an appointment, contact us at jfbell@umn.edu

Examples of projects: archive processing, special event staffing, exhibits, mailings, special research projects.



Interns at the Bell Library exchange their time and effort for experience and learning opportunities. Each unpaid internship is tailored to the individual; we pair your needs and interests with ours. Interns must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students (at any institution worldwide) or must have graduated no more than one year prior to application. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Marguerite Ragnow at 612-624-6895 or by e-mail: ragn0001@umn.edu

We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2018 internships in April 2018. 

Examples of projects: archives processing and finding aid creation, exhibits, subject bibliographies, special research projects.

Jesuit Manuscript

Jesuit Manuscript Language skills often play a role in the type of internship project students undertake. Archival processing, translation, and research using manuscripts such as this one are common. Students with different skills might be trained in conservation or other other aspects of archival processing. There's something for everyone at the Bell Library!


Student Employment

Undergraduates are key members of Archives and Special Collections staff, including the Bell Library. While students tend to continue their employment with us throughout their college careers, we do hire each year. To discuss employment opportunities, contact Mary Blissenbach at maryblis@umn.eduNote: We can only hire students with Work Study funding.

Students receive training in: customer service, rare materials handling, level one conservation techniques, archives processing, MSAccess data entry, cradle copier operation, and general library procedures. Duties may include: paging and re-shelving materials, level 1 materials conservation, peer reference, photocopying, exhibition assistance, reading room monitoring, staffing the reception desk, and special projects.