June 1, 2017 Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2017 Summer Intern Program

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Public Contact: Kaleena Black (202) 707-0706

The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff during this 10-week paid summer experience.

This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 30 to August 4, includes 29 special projects across 20 divisions of the Library of Congress, which will expose the Junior Fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place at the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution. The Junior Fellows will also be encouraged to participate in professional-development opportunities designed to enhance their summer experience including special tours, lectures and forums.  More than 900 students applied for the program this year.

At the end of July, all Junior Fellows will have an opportunity to present their most significant discoveries and accomplishments at the Junior Fellows Display Day. The goal of the program is to expand access to, and promote broader awareness of, Library resources among members of Congress and researchers including scholars, students, teachers, and the general public. In the past few years, the display has included collection items fellows have researched and processed. These included popular comic-book editions featuring Batman and the Green Lantern,  a $90 check from Marilyn Monroe to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg and a 1966 recording of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reading “Alturas de Macchu Picchu.”

The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program has been a signature initiative of the Library of Congress for more than 25 years. The program is made possible by a generous gift from James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which was established with a lead gift from H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, former chairman of the Library’s Madison Council, and with major support provided by members of the council. The program was originally made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson.  For more information about internships and employment at the Library, visit loc.gov/hr/employment. Learn more about the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program at loc.gov/hr/jrfellows.

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 The 2017 Class of Junior Fellow Summer Interns

(Name; hometown; college; Library of Congress division assignment)

  • Jessica Abbazio; Brooklyn, New York; Indiana University, Bloomington; Music Division
  • Madison Arnold-Scerbo; Red Lion, Pennsylvania; Haverford College; Science, Technology, and Business Division
  • Jana Butman; Cabin John, Maryland; Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design; Preservation Research and Testing Division
  • Claire Cahoon; Wise, Virginia; Ithaca College; U.S. Copyright Office, Office of Public Information & Education
  • Amalia Castañeda; Lynwood, California; California State University, Los Angeles; Hispanic Division
  • Mattie Clear; Chilhowie, Virginia; College of William and Mary; Manuscript Division
  • William Corrigan; Los Angeles, California; University of California, Los Angeles; Rare Book and Special Collections Division
  • Leah Cover; Nashville, Tennessee; Indiana University, Bloomington; Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Israel and Judaica Section
  • Chloe Dickson; Upper Marlboro, Maryland; College of Southern Maryland; Rare Book and Special Collections Division
  • Tyler Feezell; Omaha, Nebraska; Arizona State University; Asian Division
  • Jessica Fodor; Akron, Ohio; Indiana University; Music Division
  • Leslie Granillo; Los Angeles, California; University of Washington, Seattle; Prints and Photographs Division
  • Clare Harris; Las Vegas, Nevada; University of Nevada, Reno; Music Division
  • Samantha Herron; Miami, Florida; Swarthmore College; National Digital Initiatives       
  • Eddie (Wister) Hitt; Yazoo City, Mississippi; University of Mississippi; Congressional Research Service, American Law Division
  • Kelsey Hughes; Abington, Pennsylvania; University of Maryland, College Park; Educational Outreach
  • Julia Jimenez; Kapolei, Hawaii; Houston Baptist University; Congressional Research Service, American Law Division
  • Melissa Jones; Yorktown, Virginia; Christopher Newport University; Manuscript Division
  • Randall Jones; Chantilly, Virginia; The Ohio State University; U.S. Copyright Office, Office of Public Information and Education
  • Taylor Keister; Olathe, Kansas; Emporia State University; European Division
  • Dasha Kolyaskina; Lexington, Kentucky; University of Louisville; Law Library, Collections Services Division
  • Tess Kulikowski; Washington, DC; Savannah College of Art and Design; Manuscript Division
  • Chava Lansky; Amherst, Massachusetts; Barnard College; Music Division
  • Laura Read Lee; Lafayette, Louisiana; Mississippi State University; Law Library, Digital Resources Division  
  • Irene Lule; Bay City, Texas; The University of Texas at Austin; Veterans History Project
  • Luke Menzies; Youngstown, Ohio; Indiana University, Bloomington; National Digital Initiatives
  • Justina Moloney; Katy, Texas; The University of Texas at Austin; Veterans History Project
  • Yasmeen Mughal; Washington, DC; Ithaca College; Humanities and Social Sciences Division     
  • Amanda Reichenbach; Wilmette, Illinois; Yale University; Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division
  • Zachary Sanders; Randolph, New Jersey; George Washington University; Congressional Research Service, American Law Division
  • Emma Santelmann; Milford, New Hampshire; Harvard University; World Digital Library
  • Alexandra M. Smith; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; University of Alabama; Manuscript Division
  • Riley Thomas; Avon Lake, Ohio; University of Delaware; Preservation Research and Testing Division
  • Rachel Tils; Newton, Massachusetts; Pomona College; Music Division
  • Katherine Walden; St. Louis, Missouri; University of Iowa; Music Division
  • Lyric Yu; McLean, Virginia; University of California, Berkeley; Preservation Research and Testing Division
  • Madelyn Zurinsky; Albion, Pennsylvania; Gannon University; Rare Book and Special Collections Division


PR 17-078
ISSN 0731-3527