June 4, 2018 Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2018 Summer Intern Program

A Mix of Graduates and Undergraduates, the Fellows Come From 23 States and the District of Columbia

Press Contact: Benny Seda-Galarza (202)707-8732
Public Contact: Eric Eldritch (202) 707-0698
Website: Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program

The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program.

This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 29 to August 3, includes 33 special projects across 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 world’s largest library.

From contributing to Poetry and Literature Center podcasts and adding to a database on 19th century copyright deposits to inventorying an early modern European map collection and highlighting holdings related to Hispanic genealogies, the Junior Fellows will work on a diverse range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff during this 10-week paid internship program.

“The fellows help bring the Library’s unparalleled collections and resources to light through projects focused on expanded access,” said Eric Eldritch, program coordinator. “At the same time, they gain exposure to a broad spectrum of library work – preservation, digital initiatives, educational outreach, information management – under the mentorship of expert curators and specialists.”   

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 700 students applied for the program this year.

All Junior Fellows will have an opportunity to present their most significant discoveries and accomplishments during the program at the Junior Fellows display day on Wednesday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Building. The efforts of the Junior Fellows will ultimately enable expanded access to, and promote broader awareness of, Library resources among members of Congress and researchers including scholars, students, teachers and the general public.

The 2018 Junior Fellows summer interns (with hometown, school and assignment) are:

  • Stephanie Akau; Albuquerque, NM; San José State University; Music Division.
  • Rebecca Alemayehu; Houston, TX; University of Virginia; Hebraic Section.
  • Anna Balaguer; Boulder, CO; Colorado College; Geography & Maps Reference Team.
  • Daniel Baxter; Brandon, MS; University of Mississippi; National Book Festival.
  • Jackson Blodgett; Sterling, VA; Wake Forest University; Manuscript Division.
  • Emma Brunner; Richmond, VA; The University of Georgia; American Law Division.
  • Joshua Burrell; Columbia, MD; Morehouse College; Prints and Photographs Division.
  • Aravind Byju; Sarasota, FL; Harvard University; American Law Division.
  • Marcos Castillo; Brooklyn, NY; Lincoln University of Pennsylvania; Hispanic Division.
  • Hallie Chametzky; Carbondale, IL; Virginia Commonwealth University; Music Division.
  • Joshua Clifford; Kingsland, GA; University of Georgia; Poetry And Literature Office.
  • Olivia Davison; La Crosse, WI; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Preservation Directorate.
  • Kendall Deese; McLean, VA; American University; Educational Outreach.
  • Shelby Denton; Washington, DC; University of Pittsburgh; Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Katie Fogle; Coeur d'Alene, ID; Ryerson University; Preservation Testing & Research Division.
  • Marcus Frias; Miami, FL; Florida International University; Office Of The Director.
  • Gabrielle Gedo; Rockville, MD; Williams College; Humanities & Social Sciences Section.
  • Lisa Gomez; Lisbon, CT; Rutgers University; Veterans History Project.
  • Patrice Green; Roanoke, AL; University of South Carolina; Manuscript Division.
  • Tenesha Hare; Little Mountain, SC; University of South Carolina Aiken; Recorded Sound Section.
  • Chelsea Hudson; Southhold, NY; Georgetown University, Asian Division.
  • Eileen Jakeway; Charlotte, NC; University of Oxford; Kluge Center.
  • Maria Jimenez; Anaheim, CA; University of California, Los Angeles; Collections Services Division.
  • Courtney Johnson; Cincinnati, OH; Ohio State University; National Digital Initiatives.
  • Julia Lerner; Granville, OH; University of Maryland; Office Of The Director.
  • Miranda Mann; Williams, AZ; University of Arizona; Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Samantha Meier; Flagstaff, AZ; University of British Columbia; Veterans History Project.
  • Kevin McGuire; Huntingtown, MD; Towson University; Poetry And Literature Office.
  • Sophia Muston; Indianapolis, IN; Indiana University Bloomington; Policy and Standards Division.
  • Antonio Parker; Largo, MD; University of Maryland, College Park; Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Annabel Pinkney; Ada, OH; Ohio State University; Special Format Conservation Section.
  • Jasmyne Post; Owensboro, KY; University of Louisville; Recorded Sound Section.
  • Albin Quan; San Jose, CA; Yale University; American Law Division.
  • Julia Sanderson; Jackson, MS; Mississippi State University; Preservation Directorate.
  • Lydia Schweitzer; Indianapolis, IN; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Science Reference Section.
  • Kellie Shanaghan; Santa Clarita, CA; Wake Forest University; National Book Festival.
  • Flynn Shannon; Amanda, OH; Kenyon College; Office of Communications.
  • Yuri Shimoda; Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Los Angeles; Recorded Sound Section.
  • Colleen Williamson; Leo-Cedarville, IN; Bryn Mawr College; Benelux, France And Italy Section.
  • Alexandra Zborovsky; Cleveland, OH; Ohio State University; Hebraic Section.

Learn more about the Junior Fellows summer intern program at loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/. For more information about internships and employment at the Library, visit loc.gov/hr/employment.

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 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.

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PR 18-079
ISSN 0731-3527