Volunteer Internship Program
The Science Reference Section offers volunteer internships which allow individuals to work with collections in all areas of science and technology. Although these internships are unpaid, they may be useful in exploring career options or in obtaining the experience necessary to enter an academic or special library, or another science-related profession. In some cases interns who are students have been able to arrange for academic credit through their academic institutions.
The Volunteer Internship Program seeks to provide hands-on educational experience in science, technology and library or information science and in-depth exposure to the Library’s collections and resources. Interns typically work on producing annotated bibliographies and updating the Science Reference Services’ web pages, but may also be involved in reference, instruction, processing, special projects, and events, depending on their experience and the needs of the Section.
The period of internship may range from several weeks to a year. Our preference is that individuals be able to work a minimum 150 hours. Students with an interest in science and technology who are working toward a degree in library or information science are particularly encouraged to apply. Some prior experience in a library setting is preferred. Part-time arrangements are possible. Interested applicants should have:
- an interest in science and/or technology
- an interest in working in a library
- the ability to commit to a minimum of 150 hours
- the ability to schedule an internship during core business hours (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday)
We accept applications throughout the year. To apply, please send via email a resume, contact information for two references, a cover letter and a short statement describing why you are interested in an internship in Science Reference to Lisa Massengale (lmas at loc.gov). (Security measures at the Library will substantially delay communications sent by standard mail or courier service.) Please include in your application a phone number where you can be reached and an indication of when you would like to schedule your internship.