U.S. Citizen Mary Wolfskill Internship (Junior Fellows)

  • General Website: https://www.loc.gov/rr/mss/interns.html
  • Program Website: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/
  • Hosting Service Unit: Library Services
  • Program Contact: mss@loc.gov
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Collections Conservation and Preservation; Humanities, Art and Culture; Library Information Sciences
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: Applicants should demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in writing, knowledge of integrated library systems, basic library applications, and other information technologies. Knowledge of American history is beneficial. Application Accepted from: December-January. See program website above for further information on application process.
  • 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. Short-term. 10 weeks.
  • Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate, Graduate); 1-year post graduation
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Named after a longtime Manuscript Division staff member who retired as the head of the division's Reference & Reader Services Section in 2005, the Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund is used to support internships in the Manuscript Division that will foster interest in archival work among graduate and undergraduate students, particularly minorities or students from smaller and lesser-known schools. The Fund was established in Wolfskill's memory with a generous gift from her sister, Edie Hedlin of Arlington, Virginia.

Wolfskill interns are employed, usually during the summer months, in the Manuscript Reading Room, where they assist researchers in accessing the division's collection of nearly sixty million items relating to American history and culture. Under the direction of the head of the Reference & Reader Services Section, interns respond to reference inquiries received via telephone, electronic means, or in-person; analyze reference requests; investigate sources of information; draft, revise, and deliver responses; retrieve and reshelve manuscript materials; and compile reader usage statistics. The intern may also work on special finding aids projects that improve researcher access to the materials. Through an exposure to various aspects of archival reference and description, the intern will gain an introductory knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of archival management.

The Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund Internship is administered as part of the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, and the Wolfskill intern is eligible to participate in all training programs and tours offered to the Junior Fellows