This program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment and culture of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management. Interns inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research a backlog of copyright or special collections in many different formats in various divisions, and assist with digital preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. Near the end of their appointment at the Library, the interns join together to present a display of historically significant Library collections and information discovered through research conducted in the course of their work.
The 2022 Junior Fellows program is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation to the Library for a multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling, and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities. The initiative, Of the People: Widening the Path, creates new opportunities for more people to engage with the Library, thus weaving a more inclusive American story. This work will expand the Library’s efforts to ensure that a diversity of experiences is reflected in our historical record and inform how we use those materials to understand our past. The initiative is part of a larger vision at the Library to connect with all Americans by inviting new generations to participate in creating, preserving and sharing the nation’s cultural treasures and building on the Library’s commitment to collect and preserve more underrepresented perspectives and experiences. The Junior Fellows portion of the initiative funds paid internships and fellowships to benefit from the wisdom of students, engage the next generation of diverse librarians, and create a range of digital engagements to connect with underserved communities and institutions.
The project names for 2022 are listed below. For full project descriptions and list of required skills/knowledge for each project, applicants must review the information at: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/ prior to applying.
#1. Content Development: Library of Congress Youth Center
#2. Literary Program Development
#3. Connecting Educators with Powerful Primary Sources
#4. The National Book Festival
#5. Mapping the Stories: The Legacy of Daniel A.P. Murray
#6. Supreme Court Justice Project
#7. Enhancing Access: Creative Digital Projects
#8. Enhancing Access: Libraries, Archives, Museums
#9. Enhancing Access: Higher Education
#10. Effective User Research at the Library of Congress
#11. IT Project Management Office Execution Roadmap
#12. Ensuring Access to Rights Restricted Digital Collections
#13. Strategic Planning and Updates for Digital File Formats
#14. Hispanic Americans in Business
#15. Allillanchu! Andean Stories at the Library of Congress
#16. Manuscript Division Reference and Resources
#17. Genealogy Outreach and Engagement
#18. Mapping the Historical Demographics: Race and Inequality
#19. Carvalho Monteiro Collection
#20. Preservation: External Climate and Internal Building Climates
#21. Winning Hearts and Minds Malay and Indonesian Titles
#22. Uncovering Poetry in African Languages
#23. Diving into Our Digital Ephemera: Enhancing Web Archives Access
#24. Online Exhibit Curation: American Archive of Public Broadcasting
#25. Metadata Enhancement and Remediation
#26. Collections Access: Leading Blind and Visually Impaired Musicians
#27. Copyright for Kids
Conditions of Employment
All projects require basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
MUST be a U.S. citizen.
MUST be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level (college, university, or tribal college), or graduate level, AND/OR graduating in the months of December 2021 - June 2022.
MUST be first time participant in the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program.
Program participants from previous years NOT eligible to reapply.
Conditions of Employment
Library employees must be fully vaccinated by Monday, January 3, 2022. New hires must be fully vaccinated by the date of their appointment.
Employees are considered fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since they received the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna) or the single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). At this time, booster shots are not necessary to be considered fully vaccinated.
Upon request, employees must provide proof of vaccination to the Health Services Division.
Consistent with applicable law, the Library will consider individual exceptions to the vaccination requirement based on an employee’s medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Employees with an approved exception will be subject to weekly testing and other COVID-19 safety protocols as directed, including, for example, wearing masks and social distancing.
No additional requirements to those listed above.
1. Currently enrolled students (Undergraduate, Graduate) AND/OR graduating in the months of December 2021 - June 2022
2. MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR FULL TEN WEEK PERIOD from May 23 through July 29, 2021. (NO EXCEPTIONS)(Note: The start and ending dates have changed to coincide with the beginning of the pay period cycle.)
3. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.
4. Resume (either uploaded or created using the Resume Builder).
5. Latest transcript from the current or most recently attended college or university OR official registrar documentation certifying enrollment in Fall 2021 and/or imminent graduation between December 2021 and June 2022.** Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable at time of application.
If you are freshman at your institution and do not have an unofficial transcript at your disposal OR your unofficial transcript does not display enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester, please submit another document from your institution and/or registrar’s office to certify your current enrollment.
NOTE: All transcripts and/or registrar documents must be in PDF file format. Image files, Word documents, etc. 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 3 project choices and why you have chosen them. If you are interested in only a single project, please so state.
7. Two (2) references (name, email and phone) that can attest to the applicant's proficiency, skills, work ethic, reliability, quality of work, and capacity to work on teams. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR REFERENCE NAMES, AND CONTACT INFORMATION AT THE TIME OF YOUR INTERVIEW. DO NOT ATTACH REFERENCE INFORMATION TO YOUR APPLICATION.
Letters of Recommendation are NOT required for the application.
For all documents except professional references, you should follow the steps for submitting documents found below in step 5 of the "How to Apply" section.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once selected and hired for the internship, every effort will be made to accommodate project selections. Due to the popularity of some areas of interest, preferred project placement cannot be guaranteed. All project areas may not be available at the time applicants are selected and others may be added. Applicants should be sure to indicate three project areas of interest within their applications. Please refer to the “How You Will be Evaluated” section for more information.
Currently enrolled students (Undergraduate, Graduate) and/or graduating in the months of December 2021 - June 2022.
NOTE: Your transcripts and/or registrar certification of enrollment documents are required in order to verify your eligibility for consideration. Failure to provide this documentation in your application will result in disqualification.
REQUIRED: A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts OR official registrar documentation certifying enrollment in Fall 2021 and/or imminent graduation between December 2021 and June 2022.** Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected for the position. 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. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification. All transcripts and/or registrar documents must be in PDF file format. Image files, Word documents, etc. are not acceptable.
** - If you are freshman at your institution and do not have an unofficial transcript at your disposal OR your unofficial transcript does not display enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester, please submit another document from your institution and/or registrar’s office to certify your current enrollment. Failure to provide any proof of enrollment or imminent graduation between December 2021 and June 2022 will result in disqualification from consideration.
Selections for all 2022 Fellows are projected to be complete by late March. Notices of selection or non-selection will be sent out in the first week of April 2022.
This will be a 100% telework internship.
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 email@example.com.
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.