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March 16, 2007

Library of Congress To Offer Junior Fellows Summer Internships

A 1900 blueprint for a proposed expansion of the White House, a 1906 photograph of baseball great Cy Young, an orchestral score for the 1968 film "Planet of the Apes" by award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith and a 1972 television interview with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie: These are just a few of the examples of treasures found in the Library’s copyright deposit collections by Junior Fellows Summer Interns.

This summer the Library of Congress, home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is once again offering special 10-week, paid internships to college students. For a stipend of $3,000, Junior Fellows Summer Interns will work full-time, starting on June 4 and ending on Aug. 10, to help locate and itemize uncataloged materials submitted to the office as part of the copyright registration process. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of literary, artistic, film and musical gems among the Library’s copyright deposits.

The application deadline is midnight, Monday, April 9. Applications will be accepted only online and should be sent to the 2007 Summer Intern Program Coordinating Committee at interns07@loc.gov. For information on how to apply, visit www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows.

The interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: preservation, reference, access standards, information management and the U.S. copyright system. Working closely with Library staff and curators, they will be given the task of delving deeply into key parts of the Library’s unparalleled nonbook collections, producing an inventory and identifying literary, artistic and musical examples of past American creativity. The Library of Congress, through its U.S. Copyright Office, has served as the national registry for creative works since 1870. During the past 137 years, more than 32 million works of authorship — most of which represent forms of creativity that are uniquely American — have been registered for copyright protection.

The program, which is an extension of the Library’s Junior Fellows Program, is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the James Madison Council, a private-sector advisory group. Selected interns will receive a stipend of $300 per week. Interns, however, are temporary employees of the Library, so they are not eligible for federal employee benefits and privileges.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

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PR 07-048
03/16/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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