U.S. Citizen Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program – Remote Internship 2022

  • Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
  • Program Contact: AHHA@loc.gov
  • Interests/Areas of Study: American History; American Literature; Archival Collections; Art and Culture; Cataloguing; Collections Conservation and Preservation; Communications; Cultural Heritage; Digital Stewardship; Education; Exhibitions; Humanities; Library and Information Science; Museum Studies; Outreach; Performing Arts; Project Management; Public Relations; Research.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Annually
  • Application Notes: The application for AHHA 2022 is closed. A complete application package consists of: 1) resume; 2): legible copy of latest college/university transcripts 3): names and contact information of two references, and 4): responses to vacancy questions. Note: All items must be submitted through USAJobs during the open application period at this link. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
  • Compensation: These internships are part-time, temporary staff positions at the GS-03/1 level (2022 General Schedule (GS) hourly pay rate based on locality for 10 weeks).
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: No Benefits
  • Program Duration: Short-term. 10 weeks: Monday, September 12, 2022 – Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Qualifications: Currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, masters and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated between December 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview: The Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program gives the next generation of diverse archivists and knowledge workers invaluable opportunities to analyze, organize, and interpret collections or programs that help share an inclusive story of the American experience. Internships and projects will heighten visibility and promote accessibility for Library resources that more fully represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States.

The program targets Black, Indigenous, and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections, i.e., enrolled students or recent graduates from minority-serving higher education institutions, such as Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions (ANNHs), American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs).

Program Focus: AHHA offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students insights into the Library of Congress collections—the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interns will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior specialist and learn the standards and techniques to properly arrange and provide descriptions for archival collection materials.

The program focuses on building awareness of how unique historical records are analyzed, organized, and described in order to make them available for research and educational use. Interns will have the opportunity to explore historical documents representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources, while working under the direction of library specialists in various divisions.

Interns will develop knowledge of the types of materials within the Library’s collections, including how they are collected, acquired, cataloged, preserved, interpreted, and shared, and the procedures governing their use; develop and maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships with librarians and others throughout the Library, with colleagues in other intern programs, and with subject matter experts to provide or exchange information; present information to groups and persons with similar understanding of the subject; and attend workshops, seminars, or meetings in relevant fields for professional development.

Of the People: Widening the Path

AHHA is a program within Of the People: Widening the Path, a multi-year initiative that creates new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library of Congress and to add their perspectives to the Library’s collections, allowing the national library to share a more inclusive American story.

Supported by an institutional grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, Of the People: Widening the Path promotes outreach, technology innovation, and archives development for, and by, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.

Under the direction of the 14th Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, and in response to the national conversation about civil rights, the Library continues to re-imagine how it can address the unequal ways in which libraries, archives, and schools preserve and present the American story.

As part of the Library’s vision to connect all Americans and to empower new generations and diverse audiences to explore its enduring treasury of information, Of the People will enhance and support diverse and inclusive participation in the creation and perpetuation of the nation’s historical and creative record.

Selection Process: Applications will be forwarded to selecting officials in the Library who will arrange telephone interviews with promising applicants, based on materials submitted. Letters of recommendation are not required for this application. After completion of the selection process those selected will be provided with detailed information on reporting for their internship.

A complete application package consists of: 1) resume; 2): legible copy of latest college/university transcripts 3): names and contact information of two references, and 4): responses to vacancy questions. Note: All items must be submitted through USAJobs during the open application period at this link. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Remote Projects for Fall 2022

The following five projects are on offer for 2022 remote internships. All work for these projects will be completely remotely. Each intern will be assigned to work on one project as their primary responsibility, alongside other assignments that will introduce them to the range of LOC activity. Applicants will be asked to list their top two project choices in the application.

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 two project areas of interest within their applications.

# 01 Uncovering Africa’s Literary Legacy in America - Remote Internship (African and Middle East Division)

#02 Theodore Roosevelt and African Americans - Remote Internship (Manuscript Division)

#03 The American Archive of Public Broadcasting Online Curation Project – Remote Internship (National Audio-Visual Conservation Center)

#04 Diverse Collection Highlight Inventory - Remote Internship (Office of Communications)

#05 Supporting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Library of Congress Digital Collections - Remote Internship (Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives)

Project Descriptions:

# 01 Uncovering Africa’s Literary Legacy in America - Remote Internship (African and Middle East Division)

Project Description: The Omar Ibn Said Collection and “Conversations with African Poets and Writers” program series, along with relevant items dispersed throughout the Library of Congress, reveal an evolving legacy of African writing that demonstrates the rich heritage and literary traditions of people of African descent. Drawing from these sources, the project broadens awareness about the complex intellectual heritage of African Americans, the retention of Africanisms in America, and the critical role of African writing in influencing African American identity.  Additionally, the project facilitates heightened understanding of Africa’s literary traditions and their global impact to challenge dominant narratives and negative stereotypes about the histories, cultures, and peoples of African descent in America. The intern will uncover and interpret the story of African writing as written by Africans, enslaved Africans, and African Americans by probing digital content relevant to Africa’s literary history, and completing essay commentaries, biographies and bibliographies, and literature reviews.

Skills and knowledge required before the internship: Strong writing abilities; basic research and interpretation skills; ability to compile, organize, and interpret scholarly content; general understanding of African and African American history and culture with a particular emphasis on literary history and culture; general understanding of Arabic language reading, writing, and translation skills.

#02 Theodore Roosevelt and African Americans - Remote Internship (Manuscript Division)

Project Description: Two events—inviting African American educator Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House in 1901, and approving in 1906 the discharge without honor of an entire regiment of African American soldiers implicated in a racially-charged dispute in Brownsville, Texas—largely define President Theodore Roosevelt’s mixed legacy on civil rights. But what was his larger record on civil rights? What did African Americans think of Theodore Roosevelt, and how did they communicate those opinions to him? Working remotely using the online Theodore Roosevelt Papers, the intern will formulate a methodology for discovering African American voices in the Roosevelt Papers, create a list of relevant documents uncovered, analyze these primary sources to understand how African Americans interacted with and thought about Theodore Roosevelt, and write a blog and/or essay to explain these findings to the general public, while also honing their own interpretive and writing skills.

Skills and knowledge required before the internship: Good writing and analytical skills; ability to organize information; project and time management skills; basic computer skills; ability to read cursive handwriting of different levels of clarity; basic knowledge of early 20th century United States history, with emphasis on African American history and cultural heritage.

#03 The American Archive of Public Broadcasting Online Curation Project – Remote Internship (National Audio-Visual Conservation Center)

Project Description: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston to digitally preserve public television and radio programs from the past 70 years and make them accessible again. The AAPB website includes special collections exploring how public broadcasting has covered topics of current and enduring concern. The intern will work remotely to curate one or more new collections selected in consultation with the Project Mentor that relate to public broadcasting’s coverage of the histories and cultures of Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, or historically underrepresented communities. The intern also will compile research to help AAPB staff target the preservation of additional programs relevant to the histories and cultures of those communities. The intern will gain skills researching, organizing, describing, and displaying audiovisual programs that more fully represent our nation’s diverse cultural heritage.

Skills and knowledge required before the internship: Ability to analyze and organize audiovisual items; ability to communicate effectively in writing; knowledge of U.S. history since 1950, with emphasis on history and culture of Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, or historically underrepresented communities.

#04 Diverse Collection Highlight Inventory - Remote Internship (Office of Communications)

Project Description: The object of this project is to identity and inventory a large number of collection items (from 200 – 1000) that are particularly noteworthy for reasons that will capture the imagination of a wide range of audiences with a variety of interests. Thus, the inventory itself should be diverse with respect to the types of items, subject matter, historical epochs and events and human interest stories represented. This will provide the Office of Communications an easily accessible, thoughtfully curated resource to help represent the Library’s collections and mission, whether via social media postings, meetings with stakeholders, interviews with media or other communications vehicles to help connect all Americans with the Library of Congress.

Skills and knowledge required before the internship: Strong internet research, writing, copyediting and fact-checking skills; experience and/or education related to diverse and/or underrepresented cultural heritage collections.

#05 Supporting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Library of Congress Digital Collections - Remote Internship (Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives)

Project Description: The Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium is a nationwide network of organizations that delivers educational programming, and creates teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. The TPS Consortium supports the Library’s mission to use its collections to connect with those representing diverse communities, beliefs, and endeavors to engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity. Working remotely, the AHHA intern will collaborate with Library staff and TPS Consortium members to identify materials and K-12 classroom strategies that use digitized Library resources to effectively support for culturally relevant and other pedagogies specifically developed to serve African American and other students of color. Through this project, the intern will gain an understanding of the Library’s digital collections relating to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Skills and knowledge required before the internship: Ability to conduct searches of online archival collections, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively; knowledge of K-12 teaching and curriculum, awareness of African American history and culture; interest, experience, and/or education in working with resources from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

FAQs for AHHA

1. What is GS-03/01 pay?

These internships are part-time (20 hours per week), temporary staff positions at the GS-03/1 level.

Since projects will be completed remotely, interns will be paid at the 2022 General Schedule (GS) hourly pay rate based on the location where the work is performed.

Example: If you perform the work from Washington, DC, your pay breakdown will be: $15.60/hour; $312/week; $3,120 total for 10 weeks.

Find your location and its accompanying hourly pay rate here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/

2. What is the work schedule?

Interns work remotely 20 hours per week and determine with their Project Mentors the actual work schedule. With Project Mentor prior discussion and approval, interns may adjust their schedule within the Pay Period.

Those selected for this position must be available to work 20 hours per week for the entire 10 week program, Monday- Friday.

Interns must be able to work part of their schedule between the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm Eastern Time and attend a mandatory orientation on September 12, 2022 (9:00am-12:00 pm Eastern Time).

3. Do I need to provide a transcript?

Yes. A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts is required with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Your transcript will be used to certify your eligibility for the program.

Official transcripts will be required if selected for the position. Transcripts must be issued by the college or university, and must include your name, the name of the institution, and the courses and course dates. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists are not acceptable

Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification. If you do not have an unofficial transcript at your disposal, please submit another document from your institution and/or registrar’s office to certify your current enrollment.

4. What are the selecting officials looking for in the application?

Selecting officials will consider experience, education, and interests related to the projects. While not required, experience or education in cultural institution- related fields can be a plus.  

5. Is there an onsite option for this internship?

Yes. AHHA 2022 is a hybrid program that includes remote and onsite projects.

6. I am interested in more than one project for this program. Can I apply to more than one? Must I submit separate applications for each?

In the Vacancy Questions, you will be asked to select your two top project choices within the selected format (remote or onsite) and describe how your education, experience, interests and/or training align with your selected projects.

Submit only one application package per format.

If you are interested in remote and onsite projects, you must submit separate applications for each. Note that you can only be selected for one (remote or onsite).

7. Can I do two projects at the same time?

No. You can only work on one project for this internship. If you apply for a remote project and an onsite project and receive offers for both, you will need to choose one.

8. I have not started my academic program yet. I am already registered for classes. Am I still eligible to apply?

To be eligible, you do indeed need to be taking classes already, at the point of application (or be a recent graduate between December 2021- June 2022). While you are unfortunately not eligible for the fall 2022 session of AHHA, please do look for upcoming internship opportunities at the Library of Congress. 

9. Do you provide housing or transportation?

No. This is a remote internship and you will work from home.

10. What steps should I take when preparing my application to make sure I qualify and meet the requirements for this opportunity?

Assess your schedule in advance as much as possible to make sure you are able to meet the 20 hour per/week time commitment between the hours of 9:30 am- 3:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Thoroughly review the Qualifications section of the USAJobs Vacancy Announcement.   Include and submit complete information for all required documents.

11. What are the Vacancy Questions required for this application?

  • Describe how your education, experience, and/or training support the knowledge and skills required for your selected projects (2000 character limit).
  • Describe how the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program relates to your overall career goals and/or how you would benefit from working on your first and second choice projects (3500 character limit).
  • Describe your interest in and/or experience with diverse and/or historically underrepresented collections and/or programs (3500 character limit).

12. What should I include in my federal resume?

  • Dates, hours, level of experience and examples for each work experience.
  • Volunteer work and roles in community organizations.
  • Numbers, percentages, and/or dollars that highlight your accomplishments.

Find more details and guidance here: USAJOBS Help Center | What should I include in my federal resume?

13. How many academic credits do I receive in the program?

The Library of Congress is not an academic institution and does not grant course credits. However, you may check with your school about receiving credits for your fellowship if interested.

14. I am not available to start the internship on Monday, September 12, 2022. Am I still eligible?

No.  All interns are required to report on the same day, Monday, September 12, 2022 for a mandatory orientation from 9am-12pm Eastern Standard Time.  During the orientation, interns will meet Library staff and complete onboarding tasks.

15. I cannot work 20 hours/week for the 10 weeks of the program’s duration. Am I still eligible?

No. Unfortunately, hours are not flexible, but we encourage you to apply for other Library of Congress opportunities in the near future if your schedule aligns.

16. I will be living overseas during the fall of 2022. Can I still apply?

No. Interns must be located in the continental U.S. for the entire duration of the internship.  

17. Is a background check required?

If you are selected, a background check will be required. You will be contacted by the Library’s Personnel Security Division with directions detailing how to proceed. Follow the directions carefully and complete the required tasks as soon as possible. Late submissions will impact the onboarding process.

18. Can my internship lead to a full-time job?

The internships come with no guarantee for permanent employment. However, we encourage those interested in careers at the Library of Congress to look at all job opportunities listed on the USAJOBS website and the Library’s Careers website. The new skills and experience gained during your time at the Library can be used as a stepping stone and the supervisor of your fellowship can be a valuable reference for your future job searches.

19. Will these internships be offered in the Spring/Summer?

As the program evolves, we are considering holding it during other seasons. For additional information about internships and fellowships at the Library of Congress, visit the Internship and Fellowship Program portal: https://www.loc.gov/ifp Click on the Overview tab to explore other internships at the Library of Congress.

20. How can I stay connected to the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program?

Subscribe to the Of the People blog, an active platform for AHHA intern spotlights, program resources, and new ways to engage with Library collections.