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Sun, Aug. 25th, 2013, 08:06 pm
pilferedvino: Intern salary expectation?

I'm applying for an internship on the east coast, they want me to input my salary expectation. Does anyone know what the average salary would be for an intern? My requirements are very modest. I don't want to price myself out of the job.

Mon, Aug. 26th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)

Where on the east coast? I think that will make a significant difference. Also, what type of library?

Mon, Aug. 26th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)

What sort of work would you be performing?

Mon, Aug. 26th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)

How many hours are you expected to put in? What are the requirements for the internship?

Mon, Aug. 26th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)

It's quite frustrating, there's scant information on the job advert. I contacted them a week ago, no reply. It's a small town, cataloging- library position, the advert doesn't state how long for but I checked linkedin and other interns were there for four months, it's full time hours 9-5. I suppose you can state 'per annum' on your salary expectation. I see the ALA has an average salary list but you have to pay to gain access to the list. Argh!

Edited at 2013-08-26 06:01 pm (UTC)

Wed, Aug. 28th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)

Outside of classwork, how much experience do you have with cataloging? If this is your first experience, I would be inclined to not ask for much (certainly not more than ten dollars an hour), given that they would be doing you a favor by letting you work there and learn as you go. When I did a cataloging internship (6 hours a week for about 3.5 months, in addition to my regular full time job that was primarily circulation), I flat out asked to volunteer as an unpaid intern. The experience was extremely positive and helped land me my current position as the sole cataloger at a public library. So, if you want experience, you shouldn't do anything to jeopardize that.

That's just my two cents...others may certainly disagree!

Wed, Aug. 28th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)

I have had a series of temporary cataloging positions, the experience would add up to over two years but it's been very inconsistent. For example I learned more in two months at one job than I probably did in all the others! My reason for applying for the internship is that I've been out of work for sometime and I'd like to work in that particular organisation. I may not be a suitable candidate but my attitude has always beeb apply for everything and see what happens.

Mon, Sep. 2nd, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)

What if you just put down on the application that you are open to negotiation, and not give a solid figure? That will let them know you are interested and, while you might want to ask for a higher salary than they are initially planning to pay, you are not listing some (to them) absurd figure that would make them refuse to consider your application.

Sat, Sep. 7th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I submitted the application, they required me to put in an amount there wasn't a choice. On reflection I think what I suggested was far too low :( Not sure how I'll get out of that one should I get an interview but hey life is a learning experience.