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Center for Khmer Studies Summer 2022 Virtual Internship

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Application Deadline: March 9, 2022

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering a six-week internship supporting the development of its digital library project. The student will work to develop ideas for library workshops to expand its digital presence, including exploring open-access websites and recent publications on Southeast Asia for potential inclusion into the CKS Library.

Following decades of civil war and the targeted destruction of its educational resources, Cambodia faced a crisis in the preservation of its literary heritage. In this context, where access to books was almost non-existent and public libraries were only available to the average Cambodian in Phnom Penh, CKS began to build a library collection specializing in Cambodian and Southeast Asian history and culture. 

Since opening in 2001, the CKS Library collection has grown from a few hundred to over 19,000 titles. With a very modest budget, the CKS Library owes its development to the dynamism of its Cambodian team and the generosity of individual donors. Situated within Wat Damnak, a thriving Buddhist monastery in the heart of Siem Reap, the CKS Library is the largest academic library in Cambodia outside of the capital and the second most important for the social sciences and humanities throughout the country.

The collection, managed by two CKS-trained Cambodian librarians, serves as an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers from Cambodia and overseas, local students, monks, and the general public. The library is open to all, free of charge, from Monday through Saturday. The majority of Cambodian visitors are high school teachers and students, researchers, Buddhist monks, and professional tour guides. Young Cambodians drop by daily to read alongside international scholars and researchers.

With guidance from CKS Library staff, the student will:

  • Develop ideas for library workshop under the theme of Digital Library Development form Cambodian libraries    
  • Explore Southeast Asian open access websites (for the online library)
  • Explore recent publications on Southeast Asia (for the Library Wishlist)
  • Explore some more ideas or activities about promoting the library among the students, especially US students/scholars. 

The internship will run from approximately July 4 to August 14, 2022. The precise dates may be flexible after a discussion between the student and the CKS Library. 

Student Requirements

The student should have a strong interest in library work or research. Knowledge of Cambodia and marketing are a plus, as is an understanding of digital libraries and online research. 

Internship Eligibility

  • Must be a rising sophomore, a rising junior, or a rising senior at Cornell University.
  • Must be in good standing academically and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions.
  • Must have completed at least a year of coursework with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship.

General Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit six weeks and 30–35 hours per week over the summer (6–7 hours per day, five days per week).
  • Part-time jobs may be possible, but must be outside the 30-35 hours per week committed towards the internship.
  • Students are expected to be sensitive to differences in time zones and be available for virtual meetings during office hours in the country of the internship.
  • Students must complete a mid-internship survey and a concluding reflection and evaluation survey.
  • Students participating in the summer internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship.
  • Applicants shortlisted for interviews will be asked about competing commitments over the summer.


  • Students will receive a stipend for participating in the internship.
  • The stipend will be disbursed in two installments at the start and end of the internship. The second installment of the stipend will be contingent upon a positive mid-internship review and successful completion of the internship.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Scholarship


  • Student