Library of Congress

As the world’s largest library, the Library of Congress offers inspired learners unprecedented access to its world-class collections and staff; interns work alongside its employees to further the mission of the nation’s oldest cultural institution and provide Congress and the American people with a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge for the posterity of all.

The Literary Initiatives Office (LIT) presents a rich variety of programs, engages a broad and diverse public, connects audiences to the Library’s collections, and embodies the conviction that literature is a toolkit, a voyage, a compass—and that reading is a humanizing force. LIT develops signature literary programs, including the National Book Festival and National Book Festival Presents; administers literary ambassador positions such as the U.S. Poet Laureate, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner; and offers a range of digital initiatives to further its mission and reach.

What to expect

The RealArts@Penn intern will receive valuable training for a career in arts administration, audio archive management, and public programming. The intern will assist with the coordination of LIT’s public programs with authors, work on digital projects, and assist in the day-to-day activities of the office. Since the summer months are the most crucial for the 2021 National Book Festival, the intern will work heavily on program support for the festival, which includes tasks such as writing and editing author biographies, gathering and organizing content for the festival’s digital presence, and creating and managing descriptive content for author presentations. Additional responsibilities include working with the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature—indexing and time-stamping recordings, and researching rights and permissions. Other opportunities, such as writing blog posts, may also arise.

The intern will commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week (three days in the office or virtually), which may include some evening hours for public programs.

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