Frequently Asked Questions
- Does the Library of Congress offer both paid internships and non-paid internships?
- 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.
- How do I find an internship that matches my interests, skills and goals?
The IFP Portal provides access to 80 internships in all departments.
- Am I limited to applying for only one internship?
No. Please apply for any internship that matches your skills and schedule.
- 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.
- Does interning or volunteering lead to a job?
No. While experiential learning is valuable, it is not a guarantee of a job.
- 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.
- What is the minimum age for an internship or fellowship?
- 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.
- Can I submit my application to be held if an opening becomes available?
No. Please apply to a program you are interested in specifically.
- Can international students apply for internships or fellowships?
Current Visa Holders are welcome to apply for many programs as described. Consult each program separately.
- 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.
- How do I know if I am accepted into an internship or fellowship?
Each program specifies guidelines, timelines for notice and contacts individuals directly.
- Do I need a security clearance or background check?
Each program specifies timelines for notice and contacts individuals directly.
- 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.