February 16, 2006 Library of Congress to Offer Special Junior Fellows Summer Internships

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Frank Evina (202) 707-0603
Website: Read about last year's program.

The Library of Congress, home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is offering special 10-week summer internships to college students who will work full-time, starting on June 5 and ending on Aug. 11, to help locate and itemize uncataloged materials submitted to the office as part of the copyright registration process. The previous summer interns identified hundreds of literary, artistic, film and musical gems among the Library’s copyright deposits.

The application deadline is Monday, March 13. Applications will be accepted only online and should be sent to the 2006 Summer Intern Program Coordinating Committee at interns06@loc.gov.

The interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: preservation, reference, access standards, information management and the U.S. copyright system. Working closely with Library staff and curators, they will be given the task of delving deeply into key parts of the Library’s unparalleled nonbook collections, producing an inventory and identifying literary, artistic and musical examples of past American creativity. The Library of Congress, through its U.S. Copyright Office, has served as the national registry for creative works since 1870. During the past 135 years, nearly 32 million works of authorship — most of which represent forms of creativity that are uniquely American — have been registered for copyright protection.

The program, which is an extension of the Library’s Junior Fellows Program, is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. Selected interns will receive a stipend of $300 per week. Interns, however, are temporary employees of the Library and are not eligible for federal employee benefits and privileges.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities, who meet eligibility requirements, are strongly encouraged to apply.


PR 06-044
ISSN 0731-3527