I posted a question a few months ago about a summer internship at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park. I have been currently invited to complete an internship at the Library and Research Services of the Executive Office of the President in Washington. D.C. I am concerned that when I try to get a job after graduation, I will be restricted to government jobs. In the past, I have volunteered as a cataloger at my local archives, created metadata for archival collections at the FDR Presidential Library and now I will be creating metadata for archival collections at the EOP.
I have been told me that the more experience that I get in libraries, the easier it will be to get a job. However, I would like a job in an academic or public library in NJ or NY, but I have been having difficulty securing internships in these types due to my lack of professional experience.
However, because I do not have professional academic library experience, I have had trouble securing an internship in an academic library. So far, I have volunteered as a cataloger in my local archives as well as interned at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library where I worked on some data projects as well as digital processing and creating metadata for archival collections. I was also recently given the opportunity to intern at the Library and Research Services of the Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C. At this internship, I will be cataloging archival items as well helping the team write proposals for a digital management system. While this is a great opportunity, I fear I am walking further away from working as a cataloger in an academic library.
Are the two internships that I will be completing going to help me get the job I want or am I making a mistake? Also, I would like to get a job in the NJ/NY area. Any advice on how I can network while I am interning that could help me?