Position Description

Job Title:

Library and Information Science Intern

Department/Business Line:

Global Policy Leadership Academy (GPLA)

Reports to:

Senior Associate/Community of Practice Manager

FLSA¹ Status:



$16-20/hour depending on qualifications

Updated as of:

January 2023

Who We Are

Our mission is to end the housing affordability crisis and homelessness. Founded in 2005 by Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Holdings, Inc. (LeSar) has developed a portfolio of three distinct practice areas to address these critical issues:

  • LeSar Development Consultants: collaborates with leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change through customized consulting services focused on creating physically, economically, and environmentally resilient communities.
  • Global Policy Leadership Academy: prepares professionals and civic leaders to advance solutions to intractable societal challenges through a deep commitment to the development of shared knowledge, best practices, and collaboration.
  • LeSar Support Services: helps clients design, plan, implement, and manage large social-impact initiatives through financial intermediary, case management, community benefit organization liaison and contracting, and grants management services.

Our approach weaves equity into effective solutions that embrace best practices. Headquartered in San Diego, CA with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, our nationwide team of over 100 professionals serves a diverse variety of clients in the private, public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors. We are a proud WBE and SBE.

Job Description
This position will provide an intern pursuing a library science degree with an opportunity to support the development of a searchable online resource library used by staff and GPLA program participants and alumni to further their knowledge. The role requires strong research, writing, and organizational skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of one or more teams.

The intern will gain valuable career-related work experience and in-depth exposure to materials in an array of disciplines, including housing policy and planning, homelessness policy, economic and community development, workforce development, real estate, and sustainability. The intern will work as a vital member of our team to demonstrate that creating strong, healthy, sustainable communities necessitates thoughtful, strategic, and interdisciplinary public policies.

Specific duties for the position may include:

¹Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Catalog, process, and create metadata and descriptions for publicly available online resources designated for inclusion in the library, applying industry and organizational standards
  • Develop and maintain a system for tracking, evaluating, and organizing resources shared by LeSar Holdings staff, faculty, participants, alumni, and partners for inclusion in the resource library
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement and functionality of the library database, including user experience/usability testing
  • Develop policies and instructional resources for the efficient cataloging and processing of new library resources
  • Write brief guides to assist users with library database searches
  • Conduct research assistance for GPLA staff to identify resources on specific topics for inclusion in the database

Other duties as assigned.

Competitive candidates must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program for library and information science or have completed at least 2 years in a library science program have 1 year of work experience organizing and cataloging materials in a library setting.

Desired Skills

  • Basic knowledge of library practices and principles
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize complex information
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of subject matter experts and team members
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn new software as required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program, have at least 1 year of work experience in a library setting, and demonstrate the capacity to organize and synthesize complex information on a variety of topics. The ideal candidate will work fluidly and efficiently with team members across the organization to identify and prioritize resources in their subject matter areas.

Time Commitment
10-20 hours/week academic year, 20-40 hours/week during the summer

Travel Expectation
The position is virtual and may require occasional travel for team meetings.

Application Process:
Submit the following materials* to: Krista Phipps, Career Pathways Program Manager at
[email protected]

Cover letter indicating:

  • Interest in the position
  • Relevant skills and experience
  • Available start date
  • Resume

*LeSar reserves the right to not review applications that are not submitted in accordance with

these application instructions.

GPLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are based on needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, religious belief, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability status, medical history, sexual orientation, marital or family status, past or present military service, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in California. GPLA is also committed to affirmative action in staff hiring and encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities that we serve.