student/intern Young Readers Center Internship Program

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  • Hosting Service Unit: National & International Outreach
  • Program Contact: [email protected]
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Education, library science, history, museum studies
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident
  • Application Period: Quarterly
  • Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. 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 2018: August 20 – December 15
  • 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 between March 25 and August 20, 2018; interest in working in library or educational setting focused on toddler 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 toddlers 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 between August 20 and December 15, 2018 to support the daily operation of the YRC and help it more closely align its programming for toddler 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 toddler through 16 year old visitors.

The Library of Congress will select two Young Readers Center interns through this notice. Applicants who are selected as interns must confirm their availability to work in the Young Readers Center from August 20 – December 15. Interns will participate in an orientation to the YRC, the Educational Outreach Office and its programming for teachings, and the Library of Congress and its various reading rooms, services and collections.

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.

Last year, the YRC became part of the Library’s Educational Outreach Division. The mission of this new 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.


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

March 26– May 1 for fall 2018


  • May 1 Application packet due
  • May 21 – June 1 Library of Congress staff interview final candidates
  • June 15 Selection decisions announced
  • June 22 Selected candidates must confirm their commitment
  • June 30 Selected interns submit additional required paperwork
  • August 20 Internship begins
  • December 15 Internship ends
  • 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 "Young Readers Center Internship Program – [Applicant’s full name]"), with all materials attached in one PDF document, by 11:59 PM local time on May 1. 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 in which you attend school or work:
    • Eastern Region

      Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia or West Virginia. 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]