The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world’s largest library. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists, fellows increase access to and engagement with collection materials. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as a Junior Fellow.
This program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment and culture of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management. Interns inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research a backlog of copyright or special collections in many different formats in various divisions, and assist with digital preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. Near the end of their appointment at the Library, the interns join together to present a display of historically significant Library collections and information discovered through research conducted in the course of their work.
2021 Projects:The project names for 2021 are listed below. For full project descriptions and list of required skills/knowledge for each project, applicants must review the information at: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/ prior to applying.
1. Legal Reports Archive – Law Library Digital Resources Division
2. Sustainability of Digital Formats Research – Digital Collections Management & Services
3. LC Rights-Restricted Digital Collection – Digital Collections Management & Services
4. Swinging Cords and Literature Map – Hispanic Division
5. BEOnline Business Website Collection Review- Science, Technology & Business
6. Arithmetic, Numeracy, Literacy and Imagination – Science, Technology & Business
7. The Rise of American Industrialists – Science, Technology & Business
8. Latin American Food Studies – Science, Technology & Business
9. The AAPB Online Exhibit Curation Project – National Audio-Visual Conservation Center
10. Manuscript Division Reference and Resources- Manuscript Division
11. Franklin Book Program: Identifying Bengali Titles from the- Asian Division
12. New Ways to See Lighting and Fading Data – Preservation Research & Testing Division
13. Preservation: Cataloguing & Characterization – Preservation Research & Testing Division
14. African Section Poster Collection – African and Middle East Division
15. New Technologies for Ancient Hebrew Texts – Hebraic Section
16. Carvalho Monteiro Collection – Collections Management Division
17. Copyright Communication and Data Analytics – Public Information & Education
18. LC Labs Outreach and Audience Research – Digital Strategy
19. Constitution Annotated Website: Supreme Court Biographies – American Law Division
20. Primary Source Teacher Resource – Learning and Innovation Office
21. Archiving the National Book Festival – National Book Festival
22. Resources for Intergenerational Learning – Informal Learning
23. Literary Program Development – Poetry and Literature Center
Conditions of Employment
All projects require basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
MUST be a U.S. citizen.
MUST be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level (college, university, or tribal college), or graduate level, OR who have graduated in the months of December 2020 – June 2021.
MUST be first time participant in the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program.
Program participants from previous years NOT eligible to reapply.
No additional requirements to those listed above.
Currently enrolled students (Undergraduate, Graduate) OR have graduated in the months of December 2020 – June 2021
MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR FULL TEN WEEK PERIOD from May 24 through July 30, 2021. (NO EXCEPTIONS)(Note: The start and ending dates have changed to coincide with the beginning of the pay period cycle.)
Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.
Resume (either uploaded or created using the Resume Builder).
Latest transcript from the current or most recently attended college or university. Unofficial copy acceptable.
Cover letter stating professional objectives and relevant professional skills; include language abilities if relevant. The cover letter should clearly identify your top 3 project choices and why you have chosen them. If you are interested in only a single project, please so state.
Two (2) references (name, email and phone) that can attest to the applicant’s proficiency, skills, work ethic, reliability, quality of work, and capacity to work on teams. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR REFERENCE NAMES, AND CONTACT INFORMATION AT THE TIME OF YOUR INTERVIEW. DO NOT ATTACH REFERENCE INFORMATION TO YOUR APPLICATION.
Letters of Recommendation are NOT required for the application.
For all documents except professional references, you should follow the steps for submitting documents found below in step 5 of the "How to Apply" section.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once selected and hired for the internship, every effort will be made to accommodate project selections. Due to the popularity of some areas of interest, preferred project placement cannot be guaranteed. All project areas may not be available at the time applicants are selected and others may be added. Applicants should be sure to indicate three project areas of interest within their applications.
Currently enrolled students (Undergraduate, Graduate) or have graduated in the months of December 2020 – June 2021.
A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.Official transcripts will be required if selected for the position.Transcriptsmustbe issued by the college or university, and must include your name, the name of the institution, andthe courses and course dates. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists arenot acceptable.Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
This will be a 100% telework internship.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.
Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.