U.S. Citizen Teaching with Primary Sources Internship at the Young Readers Center

  • General Website: http://www.read.gov/yrc/
  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: YRC@loc.gov
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Education, library science, history, museum studies
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: 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: YRC@loc.gov.
  • Compensation: 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; 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

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 families with children (ages 7+) 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 the target audience. The Library of Congress will select one Young Readers Center intern per term through this notice. The intern must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

While working in the YRC, interns will:

  • Engage young 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
  • Share insights and engage in online discussions on the TPS Teachers Network

Interns will work from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, five days a week. These days must include Saturday. The Library is closed on Sunday. Interns will report to the program specialist. Depending on conditions, this internship may begin virtually. As situations permit, the selected intern may have the option to work onsite at the Library of Congress.

How to Apply:

E-mail the following application materials to: tpscolorado@msudenver.edu, using subject line “TPS Internship at the Young Readers Center – [Applicant’s full name]":

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose describing future professional and/or academic plans (250 words)
  • Topic idea for a project that describes how the candidate will use digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, found at https://www.loc.gov, to build an activity that engages visiting families with children ages 7+ in primary source analysis. Please also explain why you chose this area of interest. (100 words max)
  • Transcript (may be unofficial)
  • Two academic and/or professional references (contact information only)

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM local time on the deadline indicated below. Late materials will not be reviewed.

Fall 2021

Applications accepted between: 3/29/2021 - 6/13/2021

Internship dates: week of 8/16/2021 - week of 1/10/2022


Spring 2022

Applications accepted between: 8/30/2021 - 11/14/2021

Internship dates: week of 1/10/2022 - week of 6/6/2022