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ILAB Internships - Out of the Classroom, into the World

Wanted! ILAB Internships for Students across the World!

A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling.

ILAB booksellers are very welcome to join the ILAB Internship Program and to provide young students an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the international rare book business at any time and in any place in the world.

Applicants are carefully chosen after they have contacted ILAB Vice-President Norbert Donhofer, who has initiated the Internship Program in 2009 together with Eric Waschke (Canada) and Professor Dr. Olga Tarakanowa (Moscow State University of the Printing Arts).

Former interns spent six to eight weeks in Austria, Netherlands, Germany and Hungary  (Alena Lavrenova and Anastasya Zhikhareva),  Australia (Pavel Chepyzhov), the United Kingdom (Valentina Rudnitskaya), the United States (Julia Kulyamzina), in Spain (Ksenia Batueva), and in Australia (Maria Rodionova). Right now ILAB is looking for the following internships:

Anne-Cathrin Köhler

Address: Lachswehrallee 11, 23558 Lübeck (Germany)

Born: 16th May 1988 in Berlin

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2012 – 2015: University of Luxemburg, Master in Contemporary European History

2012: École professionnelle supérieure d'arts graphiques (EPSAA), Paris (France)

2009 – 2012: University of Trier (Germany): degree in Media Design

2016 - 2017: Ketterer Kunst (Hamburg), voluntary service at the rare book department

2012: Art & Culture (Luxemburg), internship at the cultural association specializing in
the sale of works of art and participating, for example, at the Paper Art Cologne

2011: Internship at a movie production company

Professional Qualification

Personal interests: books, book binding, art and design, travelling

Language skills: English, French

Proficiency in computer programs: MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut

Personal Statement

At the moment I am working at Ketterer Kunst, an auction house for rare books in Hamburg. Until January 2017, my tasks are to register and catalogue new acquisitions and to prepare books for shipment. I am also responsible for client contracts and customer service. I have a particular interest in book binding and the production of books, and I specialise in artist books - to be precise, the Fluxus movement. In general I am most interested in books that are “precious”, rare or published in limited editions. I would like to work for an antiquarian bookseller's following a modern strategy with a certain open mind, without being too traditional.

>>> For a full CV and further information, please contact the ILAB Web Editor

Margarita Kashapova

Address: 17-3-517 Shirokaya St, Moscow, Russia, 127224

Born: 18th August 1989

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2009 - present time: Moscow State University of Printing Arts (Russia), Faculty of Publishing and Journalism, Department of Book History and Antiquarian Book Trade

Diploma paper: “The Edition of "Alice in Wonderland" in the antiquarian book market”

Work experience

December 2009 – June 2010: “Labirint” Bookshop (Shop-assistant)

June 2010 – October 2012: “Labirint” Publishing House (Sales-manager)

October 2012 –  present time: “AST” Publishing House (Sales-manager)

Professional Qualification

Professional skills: work on exhibitions, organizing and conducting presentations, business email communication and telephone, searching new customers, handling with of accounting documents (bills, invoices, reconciliation acts)

Personal qualities: attentive, executive, inquisitive, quick of apprehension

Language skills: English (intermediate)

Proficiency in computer programs: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, special software programs

Career Goals

I would like to get foreign experiences in the antiquarian book trade. After graduating from university I plan to work in this field. I think it's very interesting to learn the history of bygone years through antiquarian books. I would like to get share the experience of my colleagues from other countries. I believe that the ILAB Internships can will help to establish new contacts, which will undoubtedly foster  the development of international antiquarian book trade.

Book description (example)

Heine, H. The Book of Songs. – Saint-Petersburg : Book publishing German Hoppe, 1897. – 307 pp .

Title: "The Book of Songs"
Author: Heinrich Heine
Copyright Date:   1897  
Format: 250 x180 mm.                
Illustrations: The book has only black-and-white illustrations
Publisher: "Book publishing German Hoppe"
Place: St. Petersburg
Edition: 2nd
Ordinary paper.
A book in a fine original publisher's cloth binding.

Price: "The Book of Songs" was very popular in the late 19th century. In the period from 1889 to 1897 it was released in 7 different versions - cheaper, and as a  gift  (2000-47000 RUR, depends on its condition). This book can be estimated at 1700 RUR.

Heinrich Heine is a German poet and novelist, critic and essayist. He was born in 1797 in Dusseldorf in a Jewish family. Heine’s first poems were published in 1817. His first collection of poetry followed in 1821. It includes poems, which became one of the sections of the first cycle of "The Book of Songs".

Illustrations by the German artist Paul Thumann.

"The Book of Songs" was published by the famous Russian publisher and printer Hermann Hoppe (05/24/1836 - 04/15/1885). He was a founder of a large publishing company "Hermann Hoppe Book publishing" (1867-1914) in St. Petersburg. Hermann Hoppe also published an illustrated weekly magazine for families reading "World illustration".

Condition: Our exemplar is in poor condition: the binding is rubbed, the spine is torn along the edges. Some of the pages are missing. Foxing and small blemishes on the pages. Page edges are unevenly cut and soiled. Ex-owners’ inscriptions and drawings on some of the pages.

>>> For further information please contact Norbert Donhofer

Giovanni Petrocelli

Address: Via Maragliano, 33, 50144, Florence, Italy

Born: 1st June 1986  

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2013 - 2014:  Laurea in Scienze archivistiche e biblioteconomiche, Master's Degree, University of Florence (bibliography, book classification, paleography, public and private archives science)

2011 - 2012:  Laurea in Storia e tutela dei beni culturali, curriculum Archivistico e biblioteconomico, Bachelor's Degree, University of Florence (library science, history of the book and libraries, palaeography, archival science, Latin, history of art)

Thesis: Biblioteche religiose in Lucania nel XVI secolo (Religious libraries of Lucania in the XVI century)

2006 - 2009:  Laurea in Studi Interculturali (Intercultural Studies: Norwegian, English and Swedish languages, literatures and cultures), Bachelor's Degree, University of Florence

Thesis: Le molte voci della Norvegia occupata. La trilogia di Dag Solstad sulla Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Dag Solstad's Trilogy on WW II)

1999 - 2004: Classical studies (Classic languages and literatures, Italian literature, law, economy), Diploma, Liceo Classico “G.Pascoli”, Via Paschiere, 85059, Viggiano


2011 - 2014: Theatre and stage technician for orchestras and bands concerts

2010: Internship at Libreria degli Alfani (Via degli Alfani 84, Florence): management, book selling

Professional Qualification

Language skills: Italian (native), English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Latin

Competencies: Microsoft Office, Open Office, online researches, digital catalogues

Other: Good aptitude for group work and cooperation.

Interests: Deeply interested in ancient printed books. Some experience gained during studies, above all in bibliographic researches

Personal statement

“During my studies at the University of Florence and thanks to my professor I kept in contact with the ancient printed book as a physical object.  My Bachelor's degree thesis dealt with book collections from XVI century's monasteries of an Italian region which is quite closed off from the rest of Italy and I'm trying to perfect my work now, writing my master's degree thesis. I decided to dedicate myself to this discipline quite (but not so) late, as you can see, but I don't repudiate my previous studies in foreign literatures, because they still are a tangible and useful part of my education. I had also the opportunity to live and study in Norway for one year , where I improved my language skills, and that allowed me to be quite appreciated in my present job, which I do mostly with foreigners. I share the belief that antiquarian booksellers are one of the main sources to increase the knowledge in this field.”

>>> For further information please contact Norbert Donhofer  

Morgan Elizabeth Aronson

Address: GY/57 Gannochy House, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9BQ (home: 20740 Warfield Ct., Gaithersburg, MD 20882

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2012 - 2013: University of St. Andrews (M.Litt The Book. History and Techniques of Analysis, Modules included Material Bibliography (Cataloguing), Paleography, and the Hand Press Book from Renaissance to Romanticism)

2008 – 2011: McGill University (BA Honours: Political Science, Russian Studies GPA: 3.64)

Sommer of 2010: European University at St. Petersburg (Russian politics, culture, history and language GPA: 4.0)


June 2013 – July 2013: Smithsonian Institute-National American History Museum (Internship with the Dibner Library and Conservation Lab: prepared rare book displays for elite museum visitors, processed new donated inventory, performed paper and binding repair, wrote condition reports and photographed incoming rare books)

January 2013 – May 2013: University of St. Andrews Special Collections (Internship with Special Collections: researched market values for photo-books in St. Andrews’ Special Collections)

December 2011 – August 2012: The American Association for Justice (CLE and STAC Coordinator: managed the accreditation of education programs in all 50 states, coordinated the nationwide Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), dealt directly with member concerns and questions)

June 2008 – November 2008: Obama for America/Campaign for Change (Obama Fellow, Volunteers Coordinator: organized memberships drives and helped to create a grassroots network of supporters, managed the Ohio State Obama campaign office, oversaw a staff of 12 and over a hundred volunteers daily)

Professional Qualification

Competencies: Cataloguing using Millenium, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, InDesign, Photoshop, Excel, Social Media

Language skills: native English, fluent French, beginner Spanish, beginner Russian

Interests: book binding, photography, traveling, antiquing, reading, baking

>>> For further information please contact Norbert Donhofer

Emanuele Maccherini

Address: 158 Mytchett Road, Mytchett, Camberley, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Emanuele Maccherini has a BA in Ancient Literature and Language (Latin, Ancient Greek, History) and a MA in Medieval Philology. He is specialized in Latin, Ancient Greek, Late Latin, Volgare and has an excellent knowledge in Ancient Literature and Middle English.


Internship at the Siena University Library, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts (Italy)

Professional Qualification

Work skills: book descriptions, work with bibliographies and reference books


Italian, English, Latin, Ancient Greek

Career Goals

Ancient books and literature have always been Emanuele Maccherini’s passion. He is a hard working post-graduated student who wishes to widen his knowledge and to improve his practical skills with the aim of finally working in the rare book business.

>>> For further information please contact Norbert Donhofer 

Dr. Maria Ida Moretti

Address: Nieuwe Rijn 30 A, 2312 JD Leiden, Netherlands

Nationality: Italian

Born: 21st December 1982

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2010 - 2011: Post-graduate diploma at the School of Archaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”; thesis: Integrated study of Geophysical and Archaeological data: The site of Ebla

July 2010 - December 2010:  Training  course  at  the  Special  Superintendency  for  the Archaeological Heritage of Rome for the SITAR Project

2008 - 2009: Second level University Master in “Geotechnologies for Archaeology” (GTARC) at the Geotechnology Centre of the University of Siena, in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy; thesis: Integrated Geophysical researches for Archaeological prospecting

2007 - 2008: Master's Degree in Studies of Archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza"; thesis: Anthropoid sarcophagi of Sidon and other patterns in Phoenician and Punic Mediterrean Sea

2003 - 2004: Bachelor's degree in Studies of Archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza"; thesis: Phoenicia during the Persian Age  

March 2001: Course of English language and grammar at the Centre of English Studies in Dublin, Ireland

2000 - 2001: Secondary school diploma in Classical Studies at the State Classical Secondary School “Socrate”, Rome, Italy


September 2012 - December 2013: Libreria Silvio D’Amico (Via S. D'amico 1, Roma, Italy), book cataloguer, customer assistant, book order management

March 2010 - June 2013: tourist guide, organizer and supervisor (Cultural Association “Amici di  Roma”)

April 2010 - August 2011: Archaeologist; supervision and activities of the archeological excavation, production of the graphic documentation and paper (photos, monthly reports and quarterly US cards, USM cards of burial, the matrix, stratigraphic sections); study of materials (“Opus Progetti S.r.l”, Via Cesena, 22, Rome, Italy)

March 2007 - August 2011: Organiser of historical, artistic, archaeological school camps and labs, educational tours in Rome and in Italy (“L'Isola che c'è” Via Efeso 2/a, Rome, Italy), tourist guide for the project “Through the streets of Ancient Rome at night”, under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome

2004 – 2006: Librarian at the Library of Prehistoric Archaeology

Professional Qualification

Language skills: Italian (native), English, French

Computer / Internet: Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/7. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office XP/2003/2007/2010 Pro and Open Office. Good knowledge of programs for implementing and creating a geographic database and vectorial maps (ArcGis 9.2/9.3), graphic programs (Autocad; Rhinoceros 3D), programs to convert numerical data into maps (Geoplot 3.1, Surfer 8), programs to analyse satellite images (Erdas Immagine 9.1)

Working skills: Excellent abilities to work in stressful situations, especially related to the relationship with the public, excellent skills to organize work according to deadlines

Personal statement

“I’m an extrovert and friendly person, interested in acquiring new knowledge and new skills. I'm sensitive and keen of any kind of fine art. I have a personality led by a strong sense of curiosity and I'm passionate about travel, photography and architecture.

>>> For further information please contact Norbert Donhofer