Library of Congress Internships (LOCI) Program

Library of Congress Internships (LOCI) Program

 

Explore a fulfilling career at the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the world’s largest library. 

 

 

 

In this fully funded internship, you’ll work alongside Library of Congress employees to further the mission of the nation’s oldest cultural agency. The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

It is the world’s largest library, with more than 160 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 52 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Learn more about the Library of Congress at loc.gov and email federal@twc.edu with questions. We also invite you to register for one of our informational sessions.

 

Program Description

This full-time and fully funded internship program provides unprecedented access to the Library of Congress' world-class collections and staff. Opportunities include a wide range of applied learning and career development placements that advance the academic and professional pursuits of undergraduate and graduate students.   

The goals of these internships are to recruit diverse talent and to bring to light the collections that more fully represent the rich cultural heritage of the United States. 

The LOCI program supports the Library in expanding recruitment of applicants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISI). The assignments will span many professional fields at the Library, including information technology, human capital, event planning, communications, as well as collections support and research. 

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program (AA/AS, BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or Ph.D.) at an accredited higher education institution, OR recent graduate of an institution described above, who graduated no more than one year prior to the start date of the internship.  
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Be able to work full-time (32-40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship. Negotiation of hours to part-time is not possible. Please only apply if you know that you can handle a full-time work schedule on top of any other responsibilities. 
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students participating in our Funded Federal Diversity programs are considered employees of The Washington Center and are required to be fully vaccinated to participate. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy 
  • Have a confirmed interest in working with the Library of Congress. 
  • Reside within the United States throughout the entire duration of the internship (if virtual).  

Preferred majors include, but are not limited to: 

  • Anthropology/Archaeology/History 
  • Area Studies 
  • Business Administration/Human Resources 
  • Communications 
  • Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems 
  • Event Planning 
  • International Affairs/Political Science 
  • Library Science 
  • Museum Studies/Collections Support and Research 

 

Program Components

The Library of Congress Internships (LOCI) program is a 10-week Summer or 15-week Spring or Fall program in which you will work full-time, five days a week, assisting with a variety of projects assigned by your internship mentor. Assignments will span many professional fields at the Library; past placements have included: 

Interested in hearing accounts from former participants of the LOCI program? Read one of our own TWC intern spotlights to get behind-the-scenes insight!

 

Program Benefits

This is a fully funded program. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed/when in-person is available), and roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city. You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation. However, a stipend of $3,650-$9,461 will be provided to help alleviate these expenses. The final stipend amount is based on the length of the session and your decision to accept or reject TWC-organized housing. 

In addition, various professional development sessions will be available to enhance students’ knowledge and marketability. The Washington Center organizes multiple hands-on experiences to prepare you for your career including Resume Review & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Review, and Interviewing & Pitching Yourself. TWC also organizes networking opportunities during your internship and has highly active alumni networks of which you will be a part. The Library of Congress also prides itself on providing interns with additional professional development opportunities including Employee Panels and explorative tours of the Library of Congress.

 

Housing and Living

Fully furnished housing near the internship site is provided by TWC for all participants who need it. Housing accommodations can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.  

Please note that the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 formats are TBD (possibilities include virtual, in person, and hybrid). 

 

Academic Credit

You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program and let TWC know the specific requirements of your university.

 

Dates and Deadlines

    Fall 2022 (Virtual, Select Positions In-Person) 

    • Applications Accepted: April 6, 2022 – July 1, 2022 (Applications are reviewed as they are received until all positions are filled.) 
    • Decision Notifications: Now to late July 2022 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled or until late July 2022.)
    • Program Dates: September 6, 2022 – December 16, 2022 

    Spring 2023 (Format TBD)

    • Applications Accepted: July 30, 2022 – October 21, 2022 (5:00 p.m. ET)
    • Decision Notification: Mid November 2022 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled or until mid November) 
    • Program Dates: January 23, 2023 – May 5, 2023

    Summer 2023 (Format TBD) 

    • Application Accepted: TBD
    • Decision Notifications: Mid March 2023 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled or until mid March) 
    • Program Dates: June 5, 2023 – August 11, 2023 

    Please reach out to federal@twc.edu if you have any questions.

     

    How to Apply

    Register Your Interest

    Interested in applying for a future semester? Want updates on webinars and application openings? Register your interest using the following form: 

    PROGRAM INTEREST FORM 

    Please reach out to federal@twc.edu if you have any questions.

    Apply Now

    Applications for Spring 2023 are now open!

    Please review the information below prior to submitting your application. Proper completion is critical to your application being considered for review. 

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