U.S. Citizen Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program
- Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
- Program Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Interests/Areas of Study: STEM; Collections Conservation and Preservation; Law; Business; Humanities, Art and Culture; Library Information Science; Communications; Chemistry and Science; Congressional Relations; Geography and Maps; Government and Business Administration; Information Technology; Legislative Information; Policy Analysis; Public Relations; Cataloguing; Copyright; Digital Stewardship; Education; Finance; Outreach; Project & Project Management; Research; Web Services
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
- Application Period: Annually
- Application Notes: See below for: A. General FAQ on all the programs available at the Library; B. Specific FAQ on the Junior Fellows Program; C. Specific information on the program including project descriptions D. Apply for the 2021 internship at USAjobs.gov https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583762600.
- Compensation: Compensation: $14.99/hour; $599.60/week; $5996.00 total 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: With Benefits
- Program Duration: Short-term. May 24, 2021 – July 30, 2021
- Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate, Graduate) or have graduated in the months of December 2020 - June 2021
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. Fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology. In the past, summer fellows have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing the Library’s rich cultural, creative and intellectual assets. No previous experience is necessary, but fellowships are competitive and special skills or knowledge are usually desired. Selections are based on academic achievement, reference calls, and an interview with a selection official. The program was converted to a virtual program in 2020 and will be conducted again online in 2021.
The focus of the program is to increase access to special, legal and copyright collections, and to promote awareness and appreciation of the Library's services to researchers including Congressional members, scholars, students, teachers, and the general public. Fellows encourage the use of collections and services − ensuring that the Library of Congress is known as a living, dynamic center for scholarly work and connections. Program participants inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research collections in varied formats, as well as assist in digital library initiatives. Upon completion of their assignments, fellows work closely with Library curators and specialists to plan and present a display of their most significant discoveries and accomplishments.
The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program has been a signature program of the Library of Congress since 1991. It is made possible by a generous gift from the late James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund.
The Junior Fellows Program offers a paid ten week internship for undergraduate and graduate students working with Library of Congress collections. The fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats.
The application period for the 2021 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program is currently planned for November 4, 2020 through November 30, 2020 on USAJOBS.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583762600
Note: Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
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 fellowship.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Projects for 2021
Junior Fellows 2021 Projects
- What is GS 3-1 pay?
This position is paid at GS 3-1 level. You will be paid at the rate for Washington, DC. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2020/general-schedule/.
- What is Flexitime?
Fellows work a full 40-hour/week schedule. Two weeks equal a pay period. Fellows work 8 hours per day. For this reason, when determining the schedule to be worked, you will log off 8.5 hours after starting. With Project Mentor prior discussion and approval, Fellows may adjust their schedule within the Pay Period. Library’s core hours require most staff (including Fellows) to begin between 6:30am and 9:30am and end the day between 3:00pm and 6:00 pm (Eastern Time).
- Do I need to provide a transcript?
A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts is required with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. 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. Note to Freshman: If you are freshman at your institution and 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. Failure to provide any proof of enrollment will result in disqualification from consideration.
- How competitive is the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program?
Based on our experience with other fellowship programs offered here at the Library of Congress, we expect this to be a highly competitive program, with a large number of applications from very qualified and motivated students. Therefore, we must strictly adhere to the requirements for application packages and the deadline for their submission. Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully read the application criteria and procedures.
- What are the selecting officials looking for in the application?
Selecting officials may consider course selection, work experience, language skills, and interests related to the various subject areas noted on the announcement. While not required, experience or education in library-related fields can be a plus.
- I am interested in more than one subject area of this program. Can I apply to more than one? Must I submit separate applications for each?
In your cover letter, state explicitly your areas of interest. Your education, experience, and general background should affirm your selections and demonstrate your wish for serious consideration for each subject area you identified. Submit only one application package. If you are only interested in only one specific project choice, repeat it as your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference.
- Do you provide housing or transportation?
No. This is a virtual program and you will work from home.
- 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.
- I am not available to start the fellowship on Monday, May 24, 2021 Am I still eligible?
The schedule and the length of the fellowship direct that we require all fellows to report on the same day, Monday, May 24, 2021.
- Can my fellowship lead to a full-time job?
The fellowships 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.
- Will these fellowships be offered in the Fall/Winter?
No. This is a summer fellowship program only.
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.