student/intern Teaching with Primary Sources Internship at the Young Readers Center

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: [email protected]
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Education, library science, history, museum studies
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: The application period is open twice yearly (Fall and Spring terms). The Library of Congress will select one Young Readers Center intern per term through this notice. Applicants who are selected as interns must confirm their availability to work in the Young Readers Center during the term specified. Interns will participate in an orientation (including online trainings) to the YRC, the Learning and Innovation Office and its programming for teaching, and the Library of Congress and its various reading rooms, services and collections.
  • Compensation: Stipend. However, each intern will receive a monthly stipend of $500, plus $255 per month for local transportation, and up to $1,000 monthly to offset documented housing costs. Interns living outside of the Washington, DC metro area will receive a travel allowance of up to $1,000 to help pay for travel to and from DC at the beginning and end of their internship.
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Library of Congress Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Short-term. Fall and Spring terms.
  • Qualifications: At least 18 years old; undergraduate or graduate student of good standing, or a recent graduate who has completed or will complete an academic program no more than six months before the internship begins, or no more than three months after it ends; interest in working in library or educational setting focused on pre-K through 16-year-old students. Successful candidates are likely to have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher; academic and, if applicable, professional experience related to education, library science, history or museum studies, etc., targeted at pre-K through 16-year-olds; a collaborative approach conducive to working with colleagues to exchange ideas and strategies for augmenting student learning with connections to library resources.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Hosted by the Center for Learning, Literacy, and Engagement, the Young Readers Center (YRC) at the Library of Congress seeks interns to support the daily operation of the YRC and help it more closely align its programming for pre-K through 16-year-old audiences with Library of Congress digitized collections. Interns will gain high-quality experience while working alongside Library staff to devise, test and disseminate approaches for offering enriched, primary source-based programming for pre-K through 16-year-old visitors.

Description of the Young Readers Center  The Young Readers Center (YRC) at the Library of Congress was established in 2009 as a place for children under age 16 to experience the Library of Congress. It is the first such center in the more than 200-year history of the Library.

The YRC is part of the Library’s Learning and Innovation Office. The mission of this unit is to inform, inspire, and engage learners. Learners include visitors to the Young Readers Center, as well as librarians and classroom teachers and their students who may never visit the Library of Congress. Through programs, publications, on-site experiences, and online initiatives, the unit informs learners about the mission, functions, and collections of the Library; inspires a love of reading and research; and engages audiences in creating and sharing knowledge.

Duties  Interns will work from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, five days a week between Monday and Saturday. They will report to the program specialist.

While working in the YRC, interns will:

  • Engage child visitors and their families with primary source and collection-based activities
  • Learn about the Library, its collections and programs
  • Help to plan, lead and support primary source-based YRC programming
  • Design and implement a special project as described in the application materials
  • Conduct research and consult with Library experts to support YRC programming
  • Plan and help lead a webinar for the Library’s grantees focused on using Library of Congress materials for K-12 education in collaboration with a Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium member

Upcoming Application and Program Timelines

Fall 2019

  • Applications accepted between: 4/1/2019 - 5/6/2019
  • Library of Congress staff interview final candidates: 5/7/2019 - 5/14/2019
  • Selection decisions announced by: 5/20/2019
  • Selected candidate must confirm commitment by: 5/27/2019
  • Internship begins: Week of 8/19/2019
  • Internship ends: Week of 1/13/2020

Spring 2020

  • Applications accepted between: 9/3/2019 - 10/8/2019
  • Library of Congress staff interview final candidates: 10/9/2019 - 10/16/2019
  • Selection decisions announced by: 10/21/2019
  • Selected candidate must confirm commitment by: 10/28/2019
  • Internship begins: Week of 1/13/2020
  • Internship ends: Week of 6/8/2020

Fall 2020

  • Applications accepted between: 3/30/2020 - 5/4/2020
  • Library of Congress staff interview final candidates: 5/5/2020 - 5/12/2020
  • Selection decisions announced by: 5/18/2020
  • Selected candidate must confirm commitment by: 5/25/2020
  • Internship begins: Week of 8/17/2020
  • Internship ends: Week of 1/11/2021

Spring 2021

  • Applications accepted between: 8/31/2020 - 10/5/2020
  • Library of Congress staff interview final candidates: 10/6/2020 - 10/13/2020
  • Selection decisions announced by: 10/19/2020
  • Selected candidate must confirm commitment by: 10/26/2020
  • Internship begins: Week of 1/11/2021
  • Internship ends: Week of 6/7/2021

  • Application Packet Includes: 1) A resume, 2) a statement of purpose describing future professional and/or academic plans (250 words max), 3) a proposed project that demonstrates how the candidate will connect digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, found at, with contemporary children’s or teen literature in a pedagogically sound and engaging activity for YRC visitors (250 words max), 4) two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation, and 5) a transcript (may be unofficial).
  • Application packets should be submitted via email (using the subject line "TPS Internship at Young Readers Center – [Applicant’s full name]") with all materials attached in one PDF document, by 11:59 PM local time on deadline listed above. Materials that arrive after that date, are attached to multiple email messages, or are incomplete will not be reviewed. E-mail your application packet to the regional Teaching with Primary Sources partner coordinating the state or U.S. territory in which you attend school or work:
    • Eastern Region

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and all U.S. territories. Send to [email protected]

    • Midwest Region

Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Wisconsin. Send to [email protected]

    • Western Region

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Send to [email protected]

Please note: Library of Congress staff and partners cannot accept questions regarding individual applications. However, those who have general questions about the Young Readers Center and/or this internship program may contact: [email protected].