Non-Paid Informal Learning Office Internship and Volunteer Program (Virtual and/or Onsite)

  • General Website: https://www.loc.gov/families
  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: Sasha Dowdy aldo@loc.gov
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Interest in and aptitude for librarianship, literature, US history, research, and writing; designing and facilitating 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 with your resume, statement of interest (no more than 250 words), availability (available hours per week M-F for virtual, days of the week M-Sat for onsite), and desired potential start and end dates. Please also mention if you are applying as a remote or onsite intern. Email the program contact for further information on application process or if you have questions about the program.
  • 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: Library of Congress Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Long-term. Volunteers: long term, 4 – 16 hours a week. Interns: Spring, Summer or Fall/Winter semester, 15 – 35 hours a week. Start and end times are flexible according to individual academic schedules.
  • Qualifications: Over the age of 18; Interest in working with children, teens and families in a virtual or in-person library setting.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Informal Learning Office Internship and Volunteer Program is designed for individuals interested in working with children, teens, and families in a library setting. Candidates are expected to have some experience working with children and/or teens in an informal educational setting, such as a library, museum, or camp. The Library welcomes both seasoned professionals and students who will assist with public outreach, programming, collections management, and promotion of the Library’s resources.