The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2016 Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program— a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students.
For a stipend of $3,000, the 2016 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from May 31 through Aug. 5, 2016, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. The program aims to increase access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public.
The fellows will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work, including but not limited to: collection processing, digital preservation, educational outreach, access, standards-setting and information management. The 2015 class of Junior Fellows processed rare treasures and played an integral part in completing substantive project work. They indexed and rehoused the Library’s Harry Houdini collection; conducted archaeological research on Mesoamerican jade to determine its origins; and analyzed NBC’s Radio Collection from 1950 to 1970, which uncovered broadcasts about the launch of Sputnik and the death of former President Dwight Eisenhower. Additionally, the fellows improved the Library’s description of its World War I sheet music collection by assigning subject headings based on musical presentation format, form/genre and lyrical content.
Applications will be accepted online only at www.usajobs.gov, keyword: Junior Fellows from Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, through midnight Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.
The program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund. A gift from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, chairman emeritus of the Library’s James Madison Council private-sector advisory group, established the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which will bring outstanding talent to the Library to benefit from first-hand interactions with its unparalleled collections, experts and programs and train future leaders for the information age. The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
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