temporary ( U.S. Citizens Only ) 2024 Student Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program

  • Opening Date: February 6, 2024
  • Closing Date: March 15, 2024
  • LC Organization Unit: Congressional Research Service
  • Grade: GS-05-11
  • Series: N/A
  • Availability: U.S. Citizens Only
  • Duration: 10 weeks

The Library of Congress/Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking to place students for up to ten weeks in the following paid summer internships. Students from all backgrounds who are looking to gain exposure to the work that supports congress and careers in public service are encouraged to apply.

CRS is based in Washington, D.C. however some summer internships may be eligible for telework outside of the Washington, D.C. region. The salary range for positions performed outside the D.C. region will be based on the locality pay of the remote location.  Relocation expenses are not authorized under this posting.

 Based on the level of work to be performed, these positions will be filled at the GS-05 to the GS-11 levels.

Qualifications: Must be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or have graduated no more than two years ago at the time of the internship. Undergraduate students must have completed at least two years of education to be considered for an internship. See individual positions for specific educational qualifications and additional requirements. 

U.S. citizenship is required for all CRS positions, including internships. For more information about CRS, please visit https://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/.

How to Apply:

To apply, send an e-mail to studentinternships@crs.loc.gov that includes: 1) the position(s) you wish to apply for 2) your resume and 3) official or unofficial transcripts. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.  Upon review of their information, CRS may also consider applicants for other positions similar to what they have applied for.

Internships:

  1. Domestic Social Policy Division – Research Librarian/Research Associate

The intern will join the Domestic Social Policy Division’s Research and Library Services Section. The intern will assist in updating existing CRS products and internal research resources and provide assistance in responding to research requests from congressional and internal clients.

Applicants who have a Masters in library science or related degree or undergraduate major in government are desired. Those with a stated interest in pursuing a career in library science with a focus on government or law libraries are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

  1. Resources, Science, and Industry DivisionResearch Assistant/Research Associate
The intern will join the Resources, Science and Industry Division. The intern will assist in a research project to develop a text mining model to analyze 56 State and Territory Five-Year Action Plans for the Broadband Equity and Deployment (BEAD) Program submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). According to the statutory requirement in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (47 USC 1702(e)(1)(D)(ii)), each state’s action plan may (I) address local and regional broadband service needs; (II) propose solutions for the deployment of affordable broadband service; (III) include localized data regarding broadband service deployment; (IV) ascertain how best to serve unserved locations; (V) identify the technical assistance that would be necessary to carry out the plan; and (VI) assess the time it would take to build out universal broadband service in the state. Analysis of all of the action plans may provide answers how states and territories are meeting these statutory requirements.

Using natural language processing, particularly text mining techniques, this project will identify specific keywords, topics, aspects, themes, and their relationships from the collection of public State and Territory BEAD Five-Year Action Plans. The data process and model developed from the research would be useful across CRS to analyze large amount of textual data, such as legislation and public comments accessible on Regulations.gov. Working with a CRS analyst, the intern will use either the R or Python programming language and text mining tools to collect, clean, and process text data. The intern will also learn throughout the project about the use of text mining tools to inform Congressional oversight of statutory requirements. At the end of the project, the intern will present results and findings from the analysis.

Undergraduate or graduate students with a degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Science, Computational Linguistics, Data Engineering, and/or Informatics are desired. Those proficient in natural language processing using programming languages of Python or R, in particular text mining techniques, from text preprocessing (e.g., retrieving text data in PDF or HTML files, data cleaning, and transforming unstructured data), initial analysis (e.g., text tokenization, categorization, and clustering), to information extraction (e.g., summarization, feature/dimension selection, entity identification, and entity relation modeling) are encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

  1. Resources, Science, and Industry DivisionCollection Development & Research Assistant/Research Associate

The intern will join the Resources, Science and Industry Division’s Research and Library Services Section, which supports the work of Congress in issue areas including earth sciences, natural resources, environmental policy, energy and minerals, agriculture and food, science, technology, transportation, and industry. Under the direction of the RSI Research Librarian (RL) Team Section Head and working with other CRS librarians, the intern will (1) assist with inventorying and weeding the print collections in RSI including monographs, government documents, and serials; (2) assist research librarians with congressional requests requiring basic research and data entry or verification; (3) identify and organize digital resources to support RSI research needs including content for RSI Research Portal sites (e.g. Climate Change, Tribal Resources); and (4) organize and identify digitization needs of print materials left by retiring CRS staff.

Graduate students in Library and/or Information Science are preferred. Graduate students in Information Technology, Archives and Records Management, History, Political Science, Public Policy, or Sciences are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with attention to detail, written and verbal communication, initiative, organization, experience using databases for academic research, knowledge of authoritative resources, experience with Excel or other data analysis tools are greatly desired. The intern must work onsite in the D.C. area.

  1. Resources, Science, and Industry DivisionResearch Assistant/Research Associate (Tribal Policy)

The intern will join the Resources, Science and Industry Division. The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to reports, manage small research projects related to congressional requests, and attend congressional hearings. Through these experiences, the intern will strengthen analytical and communication skills, improve writing skills, better understand the legislative process, and maintain expertise in tribal law and policy.

Graduate students with a degree in Social Sciences (Law, Public Policy, Anthropology, History, Political Science, etc.) are desired. The applicant should have excellent research and analytical skills. Ideally, this person would have an interest and background in law and policy related to American Indians and Alaska Natives. This position is eligible for onsite work or telework within or outside the D.C. region.

 

  1. Foreign Affairs, Defense and TradeResearch Assistant/Research Associate

The intern will join the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division’s Asia Section. In cooperation with senior analysts, the intern will provide assistance in researching, authoring, and updating long and short form reports on a range of issues related to East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia. In particular, the intern will provide research assistance to analysts updating CRS long form reports on China's political system, human rights, and Cross Straits relations.

Applicants with knowledge of and/or research on Asia and strong research and writing skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate and graduate students with a focus in Asian Affairs or Asian Area Studies, International Relations/Affairs, Chinese, or National Security are desired. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

  1. Foreign Affairs, Defense and TradeResearch Assistant/Research Associate

The intern will join the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division’s Defense Budget Section. The intern will assist in composing legislative histories for inclusion in CRS products, as well as accessing public data bases to identify information for analysis in the areas of defense personnel and the defense health system.  The intern will also assist in updating CRS published products by adding new data and references to any policy changes.

Undergraduate and graduate students with a degree in Human Resources Management, Sociology, Labor Economics, Public Policy with Econ focus, Public Admin, Education Policy, or Health Policy (Defense Perspective) are desired. Undergraduate students must have completed at least three years of education to be considered for this position. Applicants with the ability to conduct data analysis and possess strong research and writing skills are encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

  1. Foreign Affairs, Defense and TradeResearch Assistant/Research Associate

The intern will join the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division’s Defense Policy and Arms Control Section. The intern will focus on researching potential U.S. arms transfers worldwide, with an emphasis on arms provided to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.  The intern will also assist analysts in following Presidential Drawdown authorities and decisions on the types of military assistance provided to other countries and in determining the effectiveness of end use monitoring programs. The intern may research other defense policy related topics.

Applicants with experience in quantitative research into defense related databases; familiarity with arms sales, export restrictions, and security cooperation are desired. Students must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education to be considered for this position. Undergraduate and graduate students with degrees in Political Science, International Relations, or International Security are desired. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

 

  1. Foreign Affairs, Defense and TradeResearch Assistant/Research Associate

The intern will join the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division’s International Trade and Finance Section. The intern will contribute to the CRS research agenda, including through updating reports and other public products, and responding to selected congressional requests. Potential longer-term projects may include Latin America trade integration, tracking trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere, and China trade issues.

 Undergraduate or graduate students with a degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, or International Law are desired. Applicants with an understanding of international trade and/or economics; data collection and analysis; Excel skills; and strong research and writing skills are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for a combination of onsite work and telework in the D.C. area.

  1. Foreign Affairs, Defense and TradeResearch Associate/Research Librarian

The intern will join the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division’s Research and Library Services Section. The intern’s work assignments include assisting with; print and electronic collection development, responding to general reference questions, and updating CRS reports.

Applicants with a Master’s degree in Library Information Science are desired. MLIS graduate students are also encouraged to apply. Applicants that have general knowledge of library science; ability to respond to general reference questions, ability to search Congress.gov and general databases are strongly encouraged to apply. The intern must work onsite in the D.C. area.

  1. American Law DivisionLaw Clerk/Assistant

The Law Clerk will assist ALD attorneys with a number of legal research projects related to the development of legal content for the online Constitution Annotated located at https://constitution.congress.gov.  Accordingly, the main legal area the Law Clerk will be working within is constitutional law, including an in-depth examination of Supreme Court caselaw.  The Law Clerk may also have the opportunity to assist ALD attorneys on legal questions that may arise during the internship.

Applicants with a Justice Degree are desired. Applicants that have the ability to conduct legal research, analysis, and writing; cite checking; and blue booking are encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for onsite work and telework.

 

  1. Government and Finance DivisionResearch Librarian/Research Associate

The intern will be joining a team of CRS research librarians that work in the Government & Finance Division (G&F) of CRS. G&F is responsible for wide-ranging issues such as congressional administration, workload, and funding; executive branch operations and management; government finances; oversight of banking and insurance; and cybersecurity and emergency management. Our intern will gain experience working collaboratively with CRS research librarians and public policy experts on research projects. In particular these experiences will offer an opportunity to develop research, writing, and client-service skills.

 Specific research projects to be completed in 2024 include the following.

• Researching available data from Senate committees on hearing activities. This would involve both searching online for activity reports and interacting with Senate committee clerks to identify possible sources for missing information. Depending on how the work proceeds, it may also involve compiling the information that was identified. This project would benefit congressional clients interested in understanding and improving the important work of congressional committees.

• Identifying and compiling available information from Congress.gov on reports submitted by non-congressional entities to Congress. These reports are one key way that Congress obtains timely and often complex information on issues and from entities upon which it is performing oversight. Reports may be submitted in myriad ways and this project would benefit congressional clients by improving their understanding of one of the more structured and accessible systems for collecting the reports.

 More generally, other research projects may include researching G&F-covered topics of interest to Congress on Congress.gov, government websites, news sources, and sources for academic literature. The intern will then report the results of their research to CRS research librarians. The CRS research librarians will then consider whether or how to integrate the intern’s work into products that will be delivered to congressional clients.

 Examples of research projects completed by previous interns include the following.

• Obtained congressional documents produced during prior impeachment investigations and trials.

• Contributed to a research project for a congressional client that was published by GPO and in which the interns were named as contributors.

• Collected amendments offered on legislation using Congress.gov.

• Provided state-level roll call votes on the 13th amendment, and gathered contact information for state government archives.

• Searched for articles recounting or reporting on recent predictions for congressional agendas.

• Updated content of a CRS report for congressional staff on useful phone numbers, internet addresses, and twitter feeds.

• Evaluated CRS reports against a set of criteria to establish relevance for inclusion in a digitization project.

• Tracked and reported on the results of special and primary elections.

• Located a 1958 Department of Agriculture report using various online databases.

 Interns may also attend training sessions presented by CRS to congressional staff on the legislative process and public policy issues of interest to the Members. Volunteer interns may attend internal and external training sessions on topics such as tracking action on bills throughout the legislative process, compiling Member voting records on public policy issues, understanding the appropriations process, searching within commercial and proprietary databases, and the effective use of commercial software and web tools.

 Examples of CRS seminars and trainings attended by previous interns include the following.

• Congressional Concepts (includes legislative process and congressional documents training)

• Research Orientation to the Library of Congress Collections

• Tracking Congressional Activities: An Overview of Resources

• Working with Congressional Clients

• United States Industry in a Globalized Economy

• Emission Reduction Opportunities for Non-Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Gases

• The Economics of Health Care Reform

• Introduction to Federal Legal Research

• Overview of the Federal Budget Process

• Information Security Training

• Multiple vendor trainings for subscription products such as CQ, LexisNexis, and S&P Global Intelligence

 Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in Library Science, Information Studies, Information Science, or other ALA accredited library degree are desired. Current students enrolled in a library-related degree program with experience or interest in research are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for onsite work, a combination of onsite and telework in the D.C. area, or telework from outside of the D.C. region.