Employment - Current Openings

Library/Knowledge Management Intern

Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) and Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offer a one-year Library/Knowledge Management Intern appointment with the possibility for extension to a second year Fellowship given appropriate demonstration of skills/knowledge and successful completion of initial training.

The internship is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care environment where interns have unique opportunities for advanced training in health science librarianship, knowledge management research, and biomedical informatics.  It also offers unique exposure to all facets of a dynamic, innovative and internationally-recognized academic medical center library.  The work schedule is primarily Monday-Friday, but includes 3-4 half-days/year on a weekend.

Required Education, Skills and Experience
A master's degree in any field (library science preferred), coupled with a true passion (envisioned or realized) for library, information science, and knowledge management practices and principles, and a strong aptitude and interest towards the health sciences; proven high-level written communication; strong organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and oral communication skills; adept proficiency with daily use of technology; a working knowledge of data collection, analysis, and/or management; and a high level of self-direction, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, motivation, attention to detail, and customer service.    

Preferred Qualifications
Dual master’s degrees, preferably in complimentary fields. The successful candidate will possess:

  • an evident passion for learning more about health-science research topics including basic sciences concepts
  • effective time management and prioritization skills that yield satisfactory results when pressured for time or when significant challenges arise
  • ability to easily adapt to change, such as duty re-assignment, as needed, to best reflect the needs of the organization
  • an evident interest in lifelong learning and in contributing to the profession through research projects and scholarly communication
  • a proactive, professional attitude towards searching the literature, combined with a passion for learning how to best filter information from a variety of biomedical resources and databases
  • proficiency with social media communication tools
  • the ability to prioritize and work both independently and as part of a team
  • a desire to work in a fast paced, highly demanding and dynamic environment where personalized medicine and pharmacogenetics are top priorities. 

Goals and Projects
In addition to working with essential library products and services, interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as developing library research projects and scholarly communications; working with researchers; enhancing knowledge management tools; providing filtered and evidence-based information services to VUMC clinicians; participating in projects to integrate filtered information provision into informatics tools; participating in and developing user and staff training sessions; and using their skills to assist fellow library staff and users.

Training Approach
Interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as actively participating and contributing to research projects and scholarly communications; working with educators, clinicians, and researchers; enhancing knowledge management tools; and providing information services designed to best reflect the needs of the medical center.

The training relies on a proven project-based management approach for learning and draws from a series of internally-taught modules, workshops and classes. The intern is expected to complete a detailed learning plan in an area agreed upon with library and knowledge management leadership and to demonstrate knowledge gained in skills verification sessions. 

The minimum salary for the position is $43,000. Following successful participation in projects and completion of the learning plan, the intern may be eligible to continue into a second year if the position is viewed as key and critical to the medical center. The benefits are those of exempt staff at Vanderbilt (see http://hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits/BenefitsOverviewCandidate2014.pdf).  Vanderbilt employees accrue time off according to the institution’s flexPTO (Paid Time Off) plan (see http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/07/flex-pto/).

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter via the Vanderbilt Human Resources site at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/work-at-vanderbilt/, job requisition number 1412811.

Candidates contacted for an on-site or videoconference interview will be required to provide a sample of their writing and may be asked to give a short presentation on a topic.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply.

Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.  Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810.  In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.


For a detailed description of services and projects, please see http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/about/synopsis.html.