Library Seeks Applicants for the 2023 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program, which will run from Sept. 11 to Nov. 17. This 10-week, paid internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, master’s and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated between Dec. 1, 2022, and Aug. 31, 2023. The program offers onsite and remote project opportunities, allowing interns from near and far to participate. The deadline to apply is Monday, Apr. 24, 2023.
The internship program gives the next generation of diverse archivists and knowledge workers invaluable opportunities to analyze, organize and interpret collections or programs that help share an inclusive story of the American experience. Internships and projects will heighten visibility and promote accessibility for Library resources that more fully represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States.
The program targets Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections, i.e., enrolled students or recent graduates from minority-serving higher education institutions, such as Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions, and predominantly Black institutions.
The Library anticipates hiring approximately nine to 13 interns to complete three onsite and four remote projects. All onsite projects will be completed entirely within the Library’s Capitol Hill campus; all remote projects will be completed entirely offsite. Each intern will be assigned to work on one project as their primary responsibility, alongside other assignments that will introduce them to the range of Library activity.
1. Providing Access to African American History and Culture within the Holdings of the Manuscript Division (Manuscript Division)
2. Enriching Subject Access to Historically Underrepresented Communities in the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Prints & Photographs Division)
3. Engaging Diverse Youth and Families in a Public Experiential Learning Space- Onsite Internship (Informal Learning Office)
1. Discovering African Americans in the Blair Family Papers (Manuscript Division)
2. Supporting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Library of Congress Digital Collections (Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives)
3. Elevating Diverse Literary Voices from the Library of Congress Recorded Archives (Literary Initiatives)
4. Leveraging Collection Data to Enable New Forms of Storytelling and Research (Connecting Communities Digital Initiative)
For full project descriptions and a list of required skills and knowledge for each project, applicants must review the application information at: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/archives-history-and-heritage-advanced-internship-program-2023/. Questions about the program or projects may be sent to AHHA@loc.gov.
The 2023 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program is supported by an investment from the Mellon Foundation as part of the multiyear Of the People: Widening the Path initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous and communities of color by expanding collections, using technology to enable storytelling, and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities. Of the People: Widening the Path creates new opportunities for more people to engage with the Library, thus allowing the Library to share a more inclusive American story. The internship program is also funded in part by the generous support of the Library’s James Madison Council members Craig and Diane Welburn.
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The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.
About Of the People: Widening the Path
Launched in January 2021, Of the People: Widening the Path is a multiyear initiative to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color historically underrepresented in the Library’s collections. Supported through a gift from the Mellon Foundation, it provides new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library and add their perspectives to the Library’s collections. 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.
About the Library
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.
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Public Contact: Internship and Fellowship Programs, AHHA@loc.gov