The Folklife Internship provides experiences in archival practice, cultural heritage research, and programming, while building participants’ knowledge about ethnographic materials. AFC staff supervise work on projects aligned with the successful applicant’s qualifications and interests. US citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration, as are community scholars or other individuals with experience working in the heritage sector.Learn more about this agency
This program offers participants insights into the environment and activities of the American Folklife Center, which pairs robust cultural programming with the world's largest ethnographic archive. Interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of public programs and archives work: artist liaison, production, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management. Depending on the specific project they are assigned, interns will assist staff with coordinating and producing public programs; archival processing of special collections in many different formats; managing digital outreach activities and communications; or supporting reference and research activities. Near the end of their appointment at the Library, the interns will reflect on their projects and experiences by producing a blog post, as well as a presentation for AFC staff.
The project names for 2020 are listed below. For further information on any project, please contact the American Folklife Center: email@example.com or 202-707-5510.
#01 – AIDS Memorial Quilt records: Assist archives staff with processing the AIDS Memorial Quilt records. The collection includes correspondence, administrative records, printed material, photographs, and audiovisual material that document the creation, marketing, and exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Also included are records related directly to persons listed on the quilts, including correspondence, photographs, tributes, epitaphs, news clippings, and artifacts submitted by panel-makers to add context about the lives of the persons in the quilt. The intern may also be asked to assist archivists with a handful of other collections needing rehousing or audio logging.
#02 – Reference and Researcher Support: Assist archives reference staff in providing reference services and developing subject guides (LibGuides) related to AFC’s archival collections. Conduct research using primary and secondary resources for a variety of Library users. Assist with displays, group presentations, and other public engagement initiatives.
#03 – Web Cultures Web Archive collection engagement: Work with AFC staff to design a strategy for engaging potential researchers with the Web Cultures Web Archive digital collection. Responsibilities will include researching the collection, identifying key constituent groups of researchers, identifying collection gaps, developing engagement opportunities, and contributing to communications campaigns using various channels and platforms used by AFC.
#04– Chicago Ethnic Arts Collection and Story Maps: Assist AFC staff on designing and implementing a set of curated digital publications via the LC Story Maps portal (an intuitive web-based platform). Responsibilities will include researching the collection, identifying and gathering digital assets, developing curatorial narratives, and creating Story Maps. Training on the platform will be provided. Source material will come from the online collection: https://www.loc.gov/collections/chicago-ethnic-arts-project/about-this-collection/
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Conditions Of Employment
Conditions of Employment
- Projects require basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
- MUST be first time participant in the AFC Folklife Internship Program.
- Program participants from previous years not eligible to reapply.
1. Familiarity with concepts relevant to preserving and presenting folklife and cultural heritage. Internship is open to non-students and students alike, so there are multiple ways to demonstrate qualification:
- through completion of substantive coursework in fields such as folklore, ethnomusicology, American studies, anthropology, heritage studies, or library and archives management of cultural materials; or
- equivalent experience working in the field with communities on cultural heritage documentation, presentation, and/or preservation
2. MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR FULL TEN WEEK PERIOD at $750 per week. (NO EXCEPTIONS)(Note: The start and ending dates have changed to coincide with the beginning of the pay period cycle.) You may choose to start on June 8, June 22, or July 6, 2020, and the internship will extend for ten weeks from chosen starting date.
3. Appointment is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.
4. Resume (either uploaded or created using the Resume Builder).
5. If applicable: latest transcript from the current or most recently attended college or university. We will accept an unofficial copy. Transcripts must be issued by the college or university, and must include your name, the name of the institution, and the courses and course dates. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists are not acceptable.
6. Cover letter stating professional objectives and relevant professional skills; include language abilities if relevant. The cover letter should clearly identify your top 2 project choices and why you have chosen them.
7. Contact information for two (2) references who can speak to your knowledge, skills, and abilities when it comes to professional aptitude in project-driven work environments.
8. Demonstrate an acceptable level of understanding and ability in the following:
- Knowledge and experience implementing archives and cultural heritage principles, tools, and technologies.
- Knowledge and experience multi-format ethnographic collections.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Completed application packages will be forwarded to selecting officials in American Folklife Center (AFC) who will interview with promising applicants, based on the application package and desired skills.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If any documents are missing, your application will be disqualified.
1. REQUIRED - Resume.
2. REQUIRED – Contact information for two (2) references who can speak to your knowledge, skills, and abilities when it comes to professional aptitude in project-driven work environments.
3. OPTIONAL/IF APPLICABLE- Latest transcript from the current or most recently attended university or college. We will accept an unofficial copy. Transcripts must be issued by the college or university, and must include your name, the name of the institution, and the courses and course dates. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists are not acceptable.
4. REQUIRED - Cover letter stating professional objectives and relevant professional skills; include language abilities if relevant. The cover letter should clearly identify your top 2 project choices and why you have chosen them.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Interns are temporary employees of the Library of Congress and are not eligible for most Federal Employee benefits and privileges. However, they are protected by worker's compensation laws and eligible for the transportation subsidy program for qualified individuals who use the Metro System, Virginia Rail Express, MARC commuter trains, and county and commercial buses and qualified commercial van pools to commute to their jobs at the Library.
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