The Library of Congress seeks applicants for its next Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program, which will run from May 23, 2022 – July 29, 2022. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For the third year in a row, the internship will be conducted virtually. Students can learn more and apply to the program by visiting loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/.
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 communities of color 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 2022 Junior Fellows Program projects show strong alignment to Of the People goals to highlight collections that more fully represent the rich cultural heritage of the United States. These projects include cultural, scientific, and digital projects that enhance access and engagement with the collections.
The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, November 29th, 2021.