student/intern Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program
- Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
- Program Contact: [email protected]
- 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 2019 internship at USAJobs in December 2018.
- Compensation: $4,500.00 (taxable income of $450.00 per week)
- Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
- Available Benefits: Transit. LC Internal Discounts.
- Program Duration: Short-term. May 29th - August 3rd, 2018
- Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate, Graduate) or have graduated in the months of December 2017-June 2018
- Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for the following information on the program:
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, letters of recommendation, and an interview with a selection official
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 is made possible by a generous gift from James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which was established with a lead gift from H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, former chairman of the Madison Council, and with major support provided by members of the Council. The program was originally made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson.
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.
Applications for the 2019 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program will be available (tentatively) December 10, 2018 through January 11, 2019 on USAJOBS.gov. Please check back for further information on application process and/or email the program contact for further information on application process. 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. 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 2018 - Note: A new set of projects will be listed for 2019.
Below are the 2018 summer project descriptions, to present the scope and range of work Junior Fellows conduct.
- How competitive is the 2018 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.
- Do you provide financial aid?
No. Fellows receive a stipend of $450.00 per week, not financial aid. They are also eligible for Transit Benefits, a transit subsidy program for qualified individuals who use the Metro system, Virginia Rail Express, MARC commuter trains, and county and commercial buses and qualified commercial van pools to commute to their jobs at the Library.
- Do you provide housing?
No. Housing is the full responsibility of the fellow. The Library of Congress does not make specific recommendations for housing. The Library of Congress is located on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, DC. The nearest metro station is Capitol South on the blue, orange, and silver lines. However, the red line stop at Union Station is an approximately 15 minute walk to the Library. Union Station is also the closest point where commuter trains from Maryland and Virginia stop.
Fellows may consider arranging housing through their college or university alumni organization. In addition, the information below may be helpful to you in finding housing options:
- Do you provide parking options for Junior Fellows?
No. Fellows are strongly encouraged not to bring private cars to Washington; parking near the Library is very limited and expensive. The Library of Congress is located on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, DC. The nearest Metro station is Capitol South. Metro routes may be found at: www.wmata.com External
- 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 want to check with your school about receiving credits for your fellowship.
- I am not available to start the fellowship on May 29, 2018. Am I still eligible?
The schedule and the length of the fellowship direct that we require all fellows to report on the same day.
- 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 at the USAJOBS 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.
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