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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Undergraduate Summer Internship

Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024

Do you have an interest in historical research and want experience in archival work? Do you want to put your knowledge of history and your research skills to good use this summer?

The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for one paid position at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress during the summer of 2024. The internships provide students with hands-on experience in archival research and development of projects, supporting scholars in residence. These noncredit internships come with a $10,000 stipend to cover housing and board for 8 weeks beginning May 27, 2024.

The John W. Kluge Center has hosted residential scholars from around the world who use the collections of the Library of Congress for research since its founding in 2000. A central part of its mission is to connect thought and action by bringing the fruits of these intellectual labors to the lawmakers and other policymakers who can use them to better the nation.

John W. Kluge Center is looking for an intern who:

Is interested in the humanities and social sciences and experiential learning in the nation’s capital. Interns are assigned to work on research projects, broadly in the humanities and social sciences, for the Center’s scholars in residence. In addition to these projects, interns will have the opportunity to help with event programming for the public and congressional audiences.

Interns typically work at their internships four days per week, then participate in a seminar class on Fridays, where they engage with speakers on a variety of topics as well as tour places such as the Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian museums.

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience how the Library of Congress works through hands-on learning at the Kluge Center in your chosen field of study/interest.
  • Develop research and writing skills, and support Kluge fellows in their research.
  • Learn about careers in your field of interest.
  • Experience working in an office environment, which will develop their professional skills and networking opportunities.
  • Meet other interns from other institutions also a part of the summer cohort.

This fellowship may be of particular interest to students interested in continuing to graduate education, and is open to juniors, rising and graduating seniors.

Application process

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average at Penn State University Park and have not graduated by the time of the internship. Applicants must: 1) submit a one-page statement of interest detailing why they would like to work at the Kluge Center and how they think the experience will further their education. In this statement, applicants should also specify which internship(s) they are most interested in. 2) Applicants must also provide a résumé, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (email is acceptable), and an unofficial transcript (it is not necessary to provide a certified official Penn State transcript). Statements of interest and transcripts must be received by Monday, February 12, 2024. Letters of recommendation can follow.

Direct all application materials to Abena Boakyewa-Ansah, associate director of the Richards Center, at For more information, visit the Richards Center website.

Funding is made possible through the generous support of Larry and Lynne Brown, Matthew Isham, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. UBR CLA 24-396