student/intern Young Readers Center Internship Program

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: [email protected]
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Education, library science, history, museum studies
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident
  • Application Period: Quarterly
  • Application Notes: The Library of Congress will select two Young Readers Center interns through this notice. Applicants who are selected as interns must confirm their availability to work in the Young Readers Center from approximately January 14 – May 13. Interns will participate in an orientation to the YRC, the Learning and Innovation Office and its programming for teachings, and the Library of Congress and its various reading rooms, services and collections.
  • Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. However, each intern will receive a monthly stipend of $500, plus $255 per month for local transportation, and up to $1,000 monthly to offset documented housing costs. Interns living outside of the Washington, DC metro area will receive a travel allowance of up to $1,000 to help pay for travel to and from DC at the beginning and end of their internship.
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Library of Congress Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Short-term. Spring 2019: weeks of January 14 – May 13
  • Qualifications: At least 18 years old; undergraduate or graduate student of good standing, or a recent graduate who has completed or will complete an academic program between June 2018 and August, 2019; interest in working in library or educational setting focused on toddler through 16-year-old students. Successful candidates are likely to have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher; academic and, if applicable, professional experience related to education, library science, history or museum studies, etc., targeted at toddlers through 16-year-olds; a collaborative approach conducive to working with colleagues to exchange ideas and strategies for augmenting student learning with connections to library resources.
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Hosted by the Center for Learning, Literacy, and Engagement, the Young Readers Center (YRC) at the Library of Congress seeks interns between the weeks of January 14 and May 13, 2019  to support the daily operation of the YRC and help it more closely align its programming for toddler through 16 year old audiences with Library of Congress digitized collections. Interns will gain high-quality experience while working alongside Library staff to devise, test and disseminate approaches for offering enriched, primary source-based programming for toddler through 16-year-old visitors.

The Library of Congress will select two Young Readers Center interns through this notice. Applicants who are selected as interns must confirm their availability to work in the Young Readers Center from approximately January 14 to May 13, 2019. Interns will participate in an orientation to the YRC, the Learning and Innovation Office and its programming for teachings, and the Library of Congress and its various reading rooms, services and collections.

Description of the Young Readers Center

The Young Readers Center (YRC) at the Library of Congress was established in 2009 as a place for children under age 16 to experience the Library of Congress. It is the first such center in the more than 200-year history of the Library.

The YRC is part of the Library’s Learning and Innovation Office. The mission of this unit is to inform, inspire, and engage learners. Learners include visitors to the Young Readers Center, as well as librarians and classroom teachers and their students who may never visit the Library of Congress. Through programs, publications, on-site experiences, and online initiatives, the unit informs learners about the mission, functions, and collections of the Library; inspires a love of reading and research; and engages audiences in creating and sharing knowledge.


Interns will work from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, five days a week between Monday and Saturday. They will report to the program specialist.

While working in the YRC, interns will:

  • Engage child visitors and their families with primary source and collection-based activities
  • Learn about the Library, its collections and programs
  • Help to plan, lead and support primary source-based YRC programming
  • Design and implement a special project as described in the application materials
  • Conduct research and consult with Library experts to support YRC programming
  • Plan and help lead a webinar for the Library’s grantees focused on using Library of Congress materials for K-12 education in collaboration with a Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium member

Application and Program Timeline for Spring 2019

  • November 25: Application packet due
  • November 25 – December 1: Library of Congress staff interview final candidates
  • December 3: Selection decisions announced
  • December 10: Selected candidates must confirm their commitment
  • Week of January 14: Internship begins
  • Week of May 13: Internship ends
  • Application Packet Includes: 1) A resume, 2) a statement of purpose describing future professional and/or academic plans (250 words max), 3) a proposed project that demonstrates how the candidate will connect digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, found at, with contemporary children’s or teen literature in a pedagogically sound and engaging activity for YRC visitors (250 words max), 4) two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation, and 5) a transcript (may be unofficial).
  • Application packets should be submitted via email (using the subject line "Young Readers Center Internship Program – [Applicant’s full name]"), with all materials attached in one PDF document, by 11:59 PM local time on November 25. Materials that arrive after that date, are attached to multiple email messages, or are incomplete will not be reviewed. E-mail your application packet to the regional Teaching with Primary Sources partner coordinating the state or U.S. territory in which you attend school or work:
    • Eastern Region

      Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and all U.S. territories. Send to [email protected]

    • Midwest Region

      Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Wisconsin. Send to [email protected]

    • Western Region

      Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Send to [email protected]

      Please note: Library of Congress staff and partners cannot accept questions regarding individual applications. However, those who have general questions about the Young Readers Center and/or this internship program may contact: [email protected]