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Mark A. Puente
Career Enhancement Program (CEP)

Application Process

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All applications must be submitted online by October 12, 2012. To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the ARL Career Enhancement Program Application Form online.
  2. With your online application, submit a structured résumé (see sample).
  3. Also with your online application, submit an essay of up to 500 words addressing the following:
    1. What attracts you to an internship opportunity in an ARL library?
    2. What are your professional interests as they pertain to an internship opportunity in an ARL library?
    3. What are your goals for a six- to twelve-week internship?
  4. Have an official graduate school transcript including your last academic semester completed mailed to ARL (see note below for mailing instructions).
  5. Priority is given to applicants with 12+ academic credits (or its equivalent) of MLIS coursework prior to the start of the internship. You must submit proof of all completed coursework prior to the start date.
  6. Have two recommendation letters and the accompanying two recommendation forms sent to ARL:
    1. Please select two persons who can assess and speak to your character and abilities.
    2. Provide each recommender with the official ARL recommendation form and have them email the completed form along with a recommendation letter to ARL by the deadline (see instructions below).

Instructions for Submitting Transcripts and Recommendation Forms


Applicants are required to submit current transcripts including last academic year completed. Transcripts should be mailed directly to ARL from your institution. Please instruct your institution to mail your transcript to:

ARL Career Enhancement Program
c/o Jennifer Champagne
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20036

Recommendation Letters and Forms

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation and two accompanying recommendation forms. Each recommendation letter and completed recommendation form (see link above) must be sent directly to ARL from the recommender. Letters and completed forms should be e-mailed to:

Jennifer Champagne
ARL Program Assistant