November 18, 2020 Library Seeks Applicants for the 2021 Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program
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The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program, which will run from May 24 – July 30, 2021. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For the second year in a row, the internship will be conducted virtually.
The deadline to apply is Monday, November 30, 2020. Students can learn more information or apply to the program by visiting loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/.
For nearly 30 years, students have completed such projects as exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques, curating historical materials and making Library collections more accessible. The cohort of Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff. They will also have the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of library operations and participate in professional development opportunities designed to enhance their summer experiences including special virtual tours, lectures and forums.
The Junior Fellows program is offering 23 projects across the Library for interns working remotely. They are:
- Legal Reports Archive (Law Library Digital Resources Division) – The Junior Fellow will add reports to the Law Library’s internal content management system that will aid Law Library staff to store and access private legal reports.
- Sustainability of Digital Formats Research (Digital Collections Management & Services) – The Junior Fellow working in the Sustainability of Digital Formats will assist in updating broken URL links across the site to keep essential format information current, relevant and responsive to evolving community needs.
- Improving Access: Rights-Restricted Digital Collection (Digital Collections Management & Services) – The Junior Fellow will help to enhance discoverability and accessibility of the digital content in Stacks, the Library’s new platform for accessing rights-restricted content.
- Swinging Cords and Literature Map (Hispanic Division) – The Junior Fellow will assist in creating the “Swinging Cords and Literature Map” – a digital storytelling project, utilizing the ArcGIS Story Maps platform.
- BEOnline Business Website Collection Review (Science, Technology & Business) – BEOnline+ is a dynamic database of over 1,200 selected websites on all aspects of business and economics and is an early example of curating digital content. The Junior Fellow will help update and refresh this useful collection.
- Arithmetic, Numeracy, Literacy and Imagination (Science, Technology & Business) – The Junior Fellow will produce a Research Guide that will assist researchers who wish to examine materials on the topics of: arithmetic, numeracy, literacy and imagination.
- The Rise of American Industrialists (Science, Technology & Business) – The Junior Fellow will assist the Business Section’s ability to respond to frequent questions on the rise of American industrialists and "Big Business."
- Latin American Food Studies (Science, Technology & Business) – Food studies is a wide subject area that can include an exploration and analysis of food systems(production, processing, distribution and consumption of food). The Junior Fellow will make connections between materials related to a specific food or ingredient, food system, or culture related to Latin American studies.
- The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Exhibit Curation Project (National Audio-Visual Conservation Center) – The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library and WGBH Boston to digitally preserve and make accessible public television and radio programs from the past 70 years. The Junior Fellow will curate a section of an upcoming exhibit on the PBS NewsHour Collection and create a new special collection using other AAPB materials.
- Manuscript Division Reference and Resources (Manuscript Division) – Among the collections of the Manuscript Division are the personal papers of notable Americans such as Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as the NAACP and the National Woman’s Party. The Junior Fellow will assist researchers in accessing the division's collections electronically.
- Identifying Bengali Titles from the Franklin Book Program (Asian Division) – The Asian Division serves as custodian for items in 5 of 10 Asian languages from the Franklin Book Program Collection. The Junior Fellow will assist in the identification of Bengali items to make this collection accessible to the public.
- New Ways to See Lighting and Fading Data (Preservation Research & Testing Division) – The Junior Fellow will incorporate existing data sets into new and evolving data processing interfaces, using software and programming skills. This project will explore how varied light-testing data can be presented using online and interactive visualization tools.
- Preservation: Cataloguing & Characterization (Preservation Research & Testing Division) – The Junior Fellow will help to build a reference library of collection material types that will be used to characterize known materials on Library collection items, which greatly expands and benefits the data in the Library’s Center for Heritage Analytical Reference Materials digital (CHARM-D).
- African Section Poster Collection (African and Middle East Division) – The Junior Fellow will create a searchable inventory of posters from Africa, amassed since the 1960s and held in the African Section Pamphlet Collection.
- New Technologies for Ancient Hebrew Texts (Hebraic Section) – The Junior Fellow will work to improve access to two uncatalogued collections 17th -20th centuries Haggadot and Prayer Books.
- Carvalho Monteiro Collection (Collections Management Division) – Carvalho Monteiro (CM) library is an approximately 30,000-volume private library created by Brazilian-born Portuguese businessman, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920). Knowledge of Latin languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French is preferred but not required. The Junior Fellow will work to improve the researcher’s experience of accessing and using the Library of Congress reference collection.
- Copyright Communication and Data Analytics (Public Information & Education) - The Junior Fellow will analyze existing data from communications to determine trends and best practices and explore areas for additional data collection efforts to optimize Copyright office communications.
- LC Labs Outreach and Audience Research (Digital Strategy) – The Junior Fellow will work with LC Labs to identify key audiences for projects and initiatives that produce visual and innovative outreach materials.
- Constitution Annotated Website: Supreme Court Biographies (American Law Division) – The Junior Fellow will assist the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to identify relevant materials from the Library’s digital collections to prepare biographies of selected Supreme Court Justices.
- Primary Source Teacher Resource (Learning and Innovation Office) – The Junior Fellow will contribute to an educational resource highlighting items from the historical collections related to civic engagement and social change.
- Archiving the National Book Festival (National Book Festival) – The Junior Fellow will create documentation and collateral material for the National Book Festival in order to enhance the attendee experience.
- Resources for Intergenerational Learning (Informal Learning) - The Junior Fellow will contribute to the Library’s resources for families and other intergenerational groups by developing a new collections-based family activity kit and blog posts.
- Literary Program Development (Literary Initiatives) - The Junior Fellow will continue to expand and improve access to and outreach for the National Book Festival and other high-profile Literary Initiatives activities.
Descriptions of these projects and application instructions are available visiting loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/. Questions about the program or projects may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program has been a signature program of the Library of Congress since 1991. It is made possible by a generous gift from the late James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Library’s Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund.
For additional internship opportunities at the Library of Congress, visit the Internships and Fellowships Portal at loc.gov/ifp. The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
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