Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internships, Library of Congress

By IS Lab April 1, 2021

Library of Congress

The focus of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program is to build awareness of how unique historical records are analyzed, organized, and described in order to make them available for research and educational use. Interns will have the opportunity to explore historical documents representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources, while working under the direction of library specialists in various divisions. Interns will work from remote locations. The Fall 2021 session of this program is a virtual internship.

Job Responsibilities

This program offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students insights into the Library of Congress collections—the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interns will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior specialist and learn the standards and techniques to properly arrange and provide online descriptions for archival collection materials. Responsibilities will include analyzing, organizing, and interpreting collections or programs that help share an inclusive story of the American experience. Projects will heighten visibility and promote accessibility for Library resources that more fully represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States.

Interns will develop knowledge of the types of materials within the Library’s collections, including how they are collected, acquired, cataloged, preserved, interpreted, and shared, and the procedures governing their use; develop and maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships with librarians and others throughout the Library, with colleagues in other intern programs, and with subject matter experts to provide or exchange information; present information to groups and persons with similar understanding of the subject; and attend workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in relevant fields for professional development.

The project names for Fall 2021 are listed below. For full project descriptions and required skills/knowledge for each project, applicants must review the information at: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/archives-history-and-heritage-advanced-internship-program-remote-internship-2021/ prior to applying.

1. Agile Display and Exhibition Development – Exhibits Office
2. Uncovering Untold Stories for the Classroom – Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives
3. Resources for Intergenerational Learning – Informal Learning Office
4. Race and Ethnicity in the Writings of Walt Whitman – Manuscript Division
5. Oliver Smith Papers Digital Design Records Metadata – Music Division
6. Peter Angelo Simon Performing Arts Images – Music Division
7. Story Map for African-American Band Music, 1883-1923 – Music Division
8. Speaking Truth(s) to Presidents: Twenty Years of Citizen Discourse, 1909-1929 – Manuscript Division
9. Visual Literacy: Critical Analysis and Enhanced Subject Indexing for Photographs of African Americans – Prints and Photographs
10. George Washington’s Farm Reports, 1786-1799 – Manuscript Division
11. Race, Labor and Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Big Data – Manuscript Division
12. Enhancing the Representation of African-American Book Artists in the Library’s Book Arts Collections – Rare Book and Special Collections Division
13. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting Online Curation Project – National Audio Visual Conservation Center
14. Transforming Metadata to Preserve Television Content – National Audio Visual Conservation Center

These internships are “not to exceed” temporary staff positions at the GS-03/1 level. The salary is based on locality pay for where remote work is performed here. The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

Job Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, masters and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated between December 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
  • MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL TEN-WEEK PERIOD from September 13, 2021 through November 19, 2021. The program selectees will be expected to report to work, remotely, from 9am to 11am Eastern Time for a mandatory orientation on September 13, 2021. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.
  • Candidate statement of interest (no more than 2 pages; see Vacancy Questions for details).
  • Resume (federal style preferred). Include dates, hours, level of experience and examples for each work experience; volunteer work and roles in community organizations; numbers, percentages and/or dollars that highlight your accomplishments. Learn more here: USAJOBS Help Center | what should I include in my federal resume?
  • Responses to all Vacancy Questions.
  •  A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts is required with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Your transcript will be used to certify your eligibility for the program. 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. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists are not acceptable. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification. If you do not have an unofficial transcript at your disposal, please submit another document from your institution and/or registrar’s office to certify your current enrollment.
  • Names and contact information of two references. Accepted references are: 1) a professor with knowledge of your qualifications, and 2) a supervisor in your current or former job OR a faculty member familiar with your work. References may be contacted by telephone or email and asked about the candidate’s qualifications. Submit reference information in the Vacancy Questions.

The program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, masters and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated between December 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

A legible copy of your latest college/university transcripts is required with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Your transcript will be used to certify your eligibility for the program. 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. Screenshots, Word or other text documents, and stand-alone course lists are not acceptable. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualificationIf you do not have an unofficial transcript at your disposal, please submit another document from your institution and/or registrar’s office to certify your current enrollment.

Letters of Recommendation are NOT REQUIRED for this application. For more information on how to apply visit  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/596474100.

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