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Internships and Fellowships

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the Library of Congress offer both paid internships and non-paid internships?


  2. How do I apply for internships and fellowships?

    Each internship has unique instructions and requirements listed. Please consult the associated link. Future: Please use our online application system to start the process.

  3. How do I find an internship that matches my interests, skills and goals?

    The IFP Portal provides access to 80 internships in all departments.

  4. Am I limited to applying for only one internship?

    No. Please apply for any internship that matches your skills and schedule.

  5. If I'm applying for a Library vacancy, what documents must I submit?

    Application requirements vary by position, it is imperative to consult the instructions.

  6. Does interning or volunteering lead to a job?

    No. While experiential learning is valuable, it is not a guarantee of a job.

  7. Aren’t Internships and Fellowships considered short-term employment?

    In some cases, yes, but you may actually be considered a contractor. Consult each program separately.

  8. What is the minimum age for an internship or fellowship?

    (draft, researching)

  9. Does the Library have internships for High School and Community College students?

    The Library accepts applicants from high schools (within a 45 mile radius) and Community College students per program guidelines.

  10. Can I submit my application to be held if an opening becomes available?

    No. Please apply to a program you are interested in specifically.

  11. Can international students apply for internships or fellowships?

    Current Visa Holders are welcome to apply for many programs as described. Consult each program separately.

  12. Is college credit available through Library of Congress internships and fellowships?

    The Library does not provide college credit, but you may arrange to receive credit with your university in advance.

  13. How do I know if I am accepted into an internship or fellowship?

    Each program specifies guidelines, timelines for notice and contacts individuals directly.

  14. Do I need a security clearance or background check?

    Each program specifies timelines for notice and contacts individuals directly.

  15. Is housing available for Library of Congress programs?

    No. The Library does not arrange housing for interns or fellows, but does provide information and referral upon request.

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