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Learn more about the Learning Lab at the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center. This guide is specifically for students who are interested in applying to become a Learning Lab intern.

Welcome to the Learning Lab LibGuide!

We're glad you're here to learn more about the Learning Lab internship program at the University of Kentucky Libraries. If you're an undergraduate at UK, we hope you will apply to this incredible internship experience that will open up the world of primary source research for you.  

What is the Learning Lab?

The Learning Lab is an inquiry-based transdisciplinary space that teaches students about archives and primary source research. The program offers mentored support for undergraduates who want to expand their research skills and follow their curiosity through an archival collection that interests them. Students explore archived materials such as correspondence, photographs, ledgers, manuscripts, and business records to learn more about our world and the past that creates our today. 

Paid Internship on Campus

Learning Lab interns are paid $11 per hour for up to 10 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters. This is a great opportunity to make money on campus while improving your research skills! 

Course Credit EXP 396

In addition to earning money, students can also earn 3 course credits through EXP 396 or through internship credits in their academic department. Every Learning Lab intern will be given the choice to sign up for EXP 396 after they have been accepted into the program.

Learning Lab provides exactly the kinds of experience that a good internship should: hands on, real-world professional experience, practice working as part of a team, public speaking opportunities, and careful mentorship throughout.  The added bonus is that the work happens right here on campus, it involves fascinating research, and it is a paying gig.  I often tell students that they absolutely must apply to participate.  Learning Lab is one of the best programs at UK! 

-Dr. Melanie Goan, Professor of History

Undergraduate Research Archivist

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Carol Street
Special Collections Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039