Non-Paid Virtual High School Student Summer Intensive Volunteer Program (Virtual and/or Onsite)

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  • Hosting Service Unit: Office of the Librarian
  • Program Contact: Sasha Dowdy
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Interest and aptitude for librarianship and literature; working with peer audiences; interest in research and writing, marketing, outreach, and public speaking.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: • Application Period Open Now: Closes on May 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. To apply, email the following materials to the Program Contact above: 1. Your current resume (pdf), 2. A written statement of interest (max 500 words) identifying: a. why want to work with the Library and the National Book Festival, b. your relevant experiences working with children, your peers, libraries, and/or book stores, c. title(s) of 1-2 books you love (YA, middle grade, or other) and d. your location (indicate if you can participate virtually or in person) 3. A brief video (1-2 minutes in .mp4 or .mov formats) answering the following prompts: - What skills and knowledge will you bring to this internship? - What sets you apart from your peers? Please email the program contact for further information on the application process.
  • Compensation: Non-paid
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive community service credit hours or to fulfill internship requirements. The Library can confirm up to 60 hours of service or internship hours for completing the intensive.
  • Available Benefits: Library of Congress internal discounts.
  • Program Duration: Short-term. June 21 – July 15, 2022, with two short virtual check-in days on July 6th and 7th during the week of July 4th. You must be available from 10 AM – 12 PM and 1:30 – 3:30 PM EST on each day for virtual training, workshops, and peer working groups. In-person interns must be available to come in to the Library once a week during the intensive and on September 3rd to attend the National Book Festival.
  • Qualifications: Current high school students or high school students graduating in 2022; Interest in working with peers; interest or aptitude marketing to peers; interest in writing,
  • Frequently Asked Questions

This program, offered by Office of the Librarian/Informal Learning Office is designed for individuals interested in working with programming centered on primary sources and literature in a library setting. Participants are expected to have some experience and knowledge of contemporary literature for young adult audiences and strong research skills. This year’s program is currently offered in a hybrid format with students attending virtually and in-person.

This is an intensive 3-week unpaid summer internship opportunity, during which you will learn about the Library and help the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement develop and create teen-oriented content to support the 2022 National Book Festival

Your deliverables will include: collaboratively contributing to the teen-oriented marketing for the National Book Festival, researching and recommending a set of LOC items that connect with this year’s featured Young Adult (YA) titles, and taking on significant roles in National Book Festival-related programming.

Your experiences will include: Learning about the careers and resources at the Library, building written and oral communications skills, and contributing to the development of teen initiatives and programming.

Application Period Open Now:   Closes on May 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.