Lafer Preservation Internship Program

Gain real-world experience in the preservation of library collections. Student interns will take the lead in planning and implementing a preservation project with hands-on training in the library’s Preservation Services department.

About the program

The Mark and Theresa Lafer Preservation Internship Program matches graduate level students with preservation projects in the U-M Library, on campus, or in the Southeast Michigan community. 

The program is hosted by staff from the Preservation Services department who will provide overall guidance and mentorship for the 360-hour internship. They will also work with the intern to ensure the work can be used for school credit if appropriate. 

With generous support from the Mark and Theresa Lafer Conservation and Digital Preservation Internship Fund, this is a paid internship. Yearly rates are posted in the respective job description. 


Library preservation staff identify and define a different project annually. Each will likely involve project and preservation planning, workflow development, testing, and implementation.


Any graduate-level student is eligible to apply for this program. Attendance at the University of Michigan is not required. 

2024 internship

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Questions? For further information contact Lance Stuchell at