Non-Paid Literary Initiatives Volunteer Internship Program

  • General Website: https://www.loc.gov/programs/poetry-and-literature
  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: literature@loc.gov
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Humanities, Art and Culture; Literature; Poetry
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: Apply at least 1-2 months in advance of tentative start date. Academic year: Applications submitted by mid-July for the following year are given preference. Summer: Applications submitted by mid-March are given preference. Please email cover letter and current resume to the above email addresses.
  • Compensation: Non-paid
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: LC Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Long-term. Academic year: 12-16 hrs a week w/a flexible schedule; Summer: 20 hrs a week w/a flexible schedule
  • Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate/Graduate); Graduate students preferred, but not required.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Literary Initiatives Volunteer Internship Program is designed for individuals who are studying English or Creative Writing, and is intended to offer training for those looking to have a career in arts administration and public programming. Interns will assist with the office's literary programs, including the National Book Festival, National Book Festival Presents, and other event series; contribute to its special and ongoing projects, including those related to literary ambassador positions such as the U.S. Poet Laureate, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner; and assist the office in its day-to-day activities. The Library benefits by having assistance in the Literary Initiatives office and by further connecting to the local literary community. If accepted, LIT interns commit to working at least twelve hours per week, including assisting with evening programs.  

Literary Initiatives is awash with great programs! Interns assist with maintenance of digital projects, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL), Poetry of America, program websites (Poetry & Literature, National Book Festival, and read.gov), and projects created by the U.S. Poet Laureate and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. They also help facilitate public programming, and new and evolving programming—particularly virtual programs. For students wanting careers in literary public programming this experience is invaluable.