Harrison Barnes Tutoring Intern


We are seeking an organized intern to increase reading proficiency and tutor elementary school age students who are reading below grade level. Successful candidates will report to APL Youth Services Manager and Raising Readers family literacy coordinator / educator and compensation will be $11/hour.

Primary contact for applicants to this position will be conducted via text message.



  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, or a related field



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize/balance multiple projects at once independently
  • Must be reliable and a self-starter
  • Ability to work with, and be sensitive to, the needs of diverse groups of people
  • Must be tolerant of ambiguity and adaptable to change
  • Ability to think creatively to design and implement innovative programs
  • Highly competent in communications (verbal and nonverbal) to engage and motivate others
  • Comfortable using technology: MS Office, email, survey, database mgmt, social media, apps, etc.
  • Ability to supervise students and volunteers
  • Management of program budgets and writing reports
  • Willingness to receive and learn specific tutoring training



Physical Demands
The intern may have to spend long hours standing and walking. The intern may also have to do some lifting (up to 50 pounds), pushing, and pulling of books and boxes.

Environmental Conditions
The intern may have to manage a number of projects at one time, and may be interrupted by the busy environment and additional tasks. The intern may also have to spend some time outside for activities

Mental Demands
The intern may have to manage multiple requests and situations at one time. The intern may also be exposed to ambiguous situations that may result in stress.




  • Create programs with the assistance of a library staff member
  • Create a safe, welcoming environment for program participants
  • Maintain stats of program participants
  • Present programs that align with community needs and the library’s mission
  • Participate in special projects when they emerge
  • Promote activities that build and strengthen literacy skills and lifelong learning
  • Oversee all volunteer tutors and serve as a resource to them
  • Become familiar with APL and Raising Reading In Story County, Reading Buddies tutoring program, parent engagement challenges and opportunities, summer learning goals, and research about summer learning loss
  • Communicate weekly with volunteer tutors (in person and through emails)
  • Support development of literacy and related programs
  • Facilitate necessary communication among stakeholders and participants
  • Determine books / activities for the children weekly
  • Interpret pre / post WTW Spelling Inventory for each student
  • Incorporate planning and use of technology in literacy programs
  • Utilize APL provided iPads and other forms of technology at APL, including volunteer checkin, literacy apps, and texting / emailing parents / guardian updates
  • Supervise usage and maintenance of provided technology
  • Develop lesson plans and organize materials for each child based on their interests and abilities
  • Determine the current level of children’s involvement in at-home reading and incorporate strategies for increased at-home reading
  • Create and distribute lesson plans for each child to their volunteer tutor weekly via email
  • Collect pre- and post-test data
  • Administer surveys, assessments, and other information-gathering tools for students, parents, and tutors as pre and post documentation
  • Maintain records of student attendance and progress
  • Present gathered data to literacy personnel at Raising Readers and APL
  • Weekly email each child’s family to encourage attendance, home reading, and the child’s progress
  • Coordinate Harrison Barnes’ interactions with students
  • Provide library related training / knowledge to students
  • Submit detailed documentation at the end of program for staff and volunteers who will continue future programs, including the identification of problems and suggestions for improvement of the programs


All applicants must electronically submit:

  • a completed Intern Application Form (link below), 
  • cover letter, and
  • three references to be considered for the position.

Please e-mail the application materials to twingert@amespubliclibrary.org. For more information, you may contact e-mail twingert@amespubliclibrary.org or call (515) 239-5630.

Ames Public Library is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Intern Application Form