Throughout the summer, many high school students might enjoy their spare time away from school playing sports in the park, swimming at community pools or lounging at home. But this summer, three students from Princeton and Lawrenceville high schools are spending much of their break interning at Princeton University Library (PUL), learning more about library work and research as well as preparing for their academic and professional futures.
Nabia Evans, Toniyah Harris and Jayvee Lam joined PUL this year as part of a pilot summer internship program in collaboration with Princeton University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs and the summer youth employment programs in Princeton and Trenton. For seven to eight weeks, working closely with their PUL mentors and supervisors, the students are tasked with a number of responsibilities and projects, from digital mapping and preparing course reserves for University faculty and staff to shelving and cataloging.
In addition to their everyday tasks, each student is required to complete a research project of their choice, a fact that excites them all as they prepare for college-level research. Evans, who will soon start her first year at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, said learning about the key components of the library, such as searching and scanning materials or creating a bibliography, will really help her in college.
While Evans, 18, and Harris, 16, are still working on their project themes, Lam, 16, is studying how early American wars impacted society through an art history lens using the collections in the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology.
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