Library of Congress Spring 2023 Internship
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This full-time and fully funded internship program provides unprecedented access to the Library of Congress' world-class collections and staff. Opportunities include a wide range of applied learning and career development placements that advance the academic and professional pursuits of undergraduate and graduate students. The goals of these internships are to recruit diverse talent and to bring to light the collections that more fully represent the rich cultural heritage of the United States.
The LOCI program supports the Library in expanding recruitment of applicants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISI). The assignments will span many professional fields at the Library, including information technology, human capital, event planning, communications, as well as collections support and research.
To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Individuals on temporary visas are not eligible. Additionally, individuals must be authorized or eligible to work in the United States by law.
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program (AA/AS, BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or Ph.D.) at an accredited higher education institution, OR recent graduate of an institution described above, who graduated no more than one year prior to the start date of the internship.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Be able to work full-time (32-40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship. Negotiation of hours to part-time is not possible. Please only apply if you know that you can handle a full-time work schedule on top of any other responsibilities.
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students participating in our Funded Federal Diversity programs are considered employees of The Washington Center and are required to be fully vaccinated to participate. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy
- Have a confirmed interest in working with the Library of Congress.
- Reside within the United States throughout the entire duration of the internship (if virtual).
Preferred majors include, but are not limited to:
- Area Studies
- Business Administration/Human Resources
- Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems
- Event Planning
- International Affairs/Political Science
- Languages such as Arabic, French, Mandarin, Spanish & more
- Library Science
- Museum Studies/Collections Support and Research
The Library of Congress Internships (LOCI) program is a 10-week Summer or 15-week Spring or Fall program in which you will work full-time, five days a week, assisting with a variety of projects assigned by your internship mentor. Assignments will span many professional fields at the Library; past placements have included:
- Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate
- American Archive of Public Broadcasting
- Congressional Research Services
- Office of Legislative Information Services
- Office of Publishing
- Copyright Office
- General and International Collections Directorate
- African & Middle Eastern Division
- Asian Division
- Hispanic Division
- Research & Reference Services Division
- Science, Technology & Business Division
- Law Library of Congress
- National Library Service for Blind and Print Disabled
- Office of Chief Information Officer
Interested in hearing accounts from former participants of the LOCI program? Read two different Intern spotlights on the Library’s blog: Intern Spotlight 1 and Intern Spotlight 2
This is a fully funded program. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed/when in-person is available), and roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city. You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation. However, a stipend of $3,650-$9,461 will be provided to help alleviate these expenses. The final stipend amount is based on the length of the session and your decision to accept or reject TWC-organized housing.
In addition, various professional development sessions will be available to enhance students’ knowledge and marketability. The Washington Center organizes multiple hands-on experiences to prepare you for your career including Resume Review & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Review, and Interviewing & Pitching Yourself. TWC also organizes networking opportunities during your internship and has highly active alumni networks of which you will be a part. The Library of Congress also prides itself on providing interns with additional professional development opportunities including Employee Panels and explorative tours of the Library of Congress.
Housing and Living
Fully furnished housing near the internship site is provided by TWC for all participants who need it. Housing accommodations can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.
*Please note that the Spring 2023 session format is TBD.
You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program and let TWC know the specific requirements of your university.
Dates and Deadlines
Spring 2023 (Format TBD)
- Applications Accepted: July 30, 2022 – October 21, 2022 (5:00 p.m. ET)
- Decision Notification: Mid November 2022 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled or until mid-November)
- Program Dates: January 23, 2023 – May 5, 2023
You need to submit the following documents along with your application:
- Resume: Submit a max 2-page resume in PDF format reflecting relevant work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, extra-curricular activities, research, and academic experiences. Your resume must include your GPA and your current contact information including email address, home address and telephone number.
- Transcript: Submit your most recent transcript. Both unofficial and official transcripts are accepted. Please ensure that your Social Security Number is crossed out on the submitted document.
- Statement of Interest: In a maximum 300-word statement in PDF Format, please address your specific interest in interning with the Library of Congress, along with what skills and experiences you have that make you a unique candidate. In short, we want to know: Why the LOC? What skills and knowledge do you have that has prepared you for this opportunity? What do you hope to gain from this experience?
How to Apply
Please follow the Application Instructions to ensure proper completion of the application. Proper completion is critical to your application being considered for review.
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