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About Library of Congress

Mandated in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest cultural institution in the country. Today, it continues to serve the congressional arm of the U.S. government. As the largest library in the world, it houses and protects rare primary sources, ranging from Benjamin Franklin’s papers to the Mongolian Buddhist Sutra. The vast collection boasts 142 million items in 470 languages on 650 miles of shelves.

Library of Congress interns work in the conservation, acquisitions, geography and map, information services, web design and information technology divisions. Most interns work in the book, paper, photograph and preventive conservation departments, all of which are open to grad students only. The Library of Congress also acts as an umbrella organization, overseeing several internship programs, including the American Folklife Center Internship Program, John Carroll Internship Program, Mary Washington College Internship Program and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute Internship Program.


Eligibility depends on the specific program. Visit, and follow the “Internship, Fellowship, and Volunteer Programs” link for more details.

Library of Congress

Leon Turner Library of Congress
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-2087


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid, Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Washington, DC