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In early 2022, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Diversity Initiative Committee announced a new paid summer internship program, co-sponsored by AbeBooks, intended to provide an alternative route to success in the antiquarian-book business, as part of its larger mission to promoted diversity, equality and inclusion in the rare-book business.

Military veteran Alba Melgar-C'De Baca, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, was selected for the 10-week program, and interned at ABAA-member Type Punch Matrix over the summer of 2022.

Melgar-C’De Baca spoke with Richard Davis at the Behind the Bookshelves podcast about her internship, and you can listen to the interview here...

When asked what she’d tell other students considering a similar internship in the future, Melgar-C’De Baca said: “Don’t hesitate to apply, there are so many parallels between working with rare books and librarianship…. It’s a fascinating field with really great growth and learning opportunities.”


Alba Melgar-C'De Baca

Alba Melgar C'De BacaAlba is a retired Army officer with a background in emergency response, training, operations and logistics. She has advanced degrees in Quality Systems Management and an undergraduate degree in Biology. Her ABAA, AbeBooks internship with Type Punch Matrix is based on her current educational efforts towards and MS-LS in Archival Studies and Imaging Technology as well as her future endeavors toward book sales.