Non-Paid Virtual Young Readers Center Internship and Volunteer Program

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact:
  • Interests/Areas of Study: All with interest and aptitude for librarianship, literature, working with children and teens, US history, research, writing, interest in designing and administering library programming for children and teens.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: Apply at least 1 month in advance of desired potential start date. Email the Program Contact your resume, statement of interest (no more than 250 words), availability, and potential start and end dates. Email the program contact for further information on application process.
  • Compensation: Non-paid
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit. Field study inquiries are welcome.
  • Available Benefits: LC Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Long-term. Volunteers: long term, 4 – 16 hours a week. Interns: Spring, Summer, or Fall/Winter semester, 16 – 40 hours a week. Start and end times are flexible according to individual academic schedules.
  • Qualifications: Over the age of 16; Interest in working with children and young adults in a virtual library setting.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Young Readers Center Volunteer Program is designed for individuals interested in working with children and young adults in a library setting. Volunteers are expected to have some experience working with children in an educational setting, such as a library or classroom. The Library benefits by having both seasoned professionals and students who assist with public outreach, programming, collections, and promotion of the Library’s resources. This program is currently offered virtually in light of the pandemic and will return to an onsite program when the Library of Congress reopens to the public.