December 16, 2013 (REVISED December 17, 2013) Library of Congress to Offer Junior Fellows Summer Internships
Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Linda Morenus (202) 707-6610
Website: Junior Fellows Program
Now in its 10th year, the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program once again is offering special 10-week paid fellowships to college students.
For a stipend of $3,000, the 2014 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from May 27 through Aug. 1, 2014, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. The focus of the program is on increasing access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public.
The fellows will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright deposits, digital preservation, reference, access standards and information management. From 15th-century German woodcuts and Civil War battlefield maps to Abraham Lincoln’s life mask and a braille copy of the book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” published in 2003, rare and unique treasures were processed by the 2013 Junior Fellows, who were given access to a wide variety of collections housed in the Library of Congress.
The 2014 program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund. A gift from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, chairman of the Library’s James Madison Council private-sector advisory group, established the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which will bring outstanding talent to the Library to benefit from first-hand interactions with its unparalleled collections, eperts and programs and train future leaders for the information age. The goal of Knowledge Navigators is to energize innovation and creativity across all sectors by providing access to an expanding universe of information that is reliable and authentic.
In addition to the stipend (paid in bi-weekly segments), fellows will be eligible to take part in programs offered at the Library.
Applications will be accepted online only at usajobs.gov, keyword: 357481100, from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, through midnight, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.