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Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Laura Beth Jackson, Junior Fellow

Laura Beth, 2011 Junior Fellow

1. What is your background?

 I was born, and still live, in Brandon, Mississippi (MS). I’ve loved dogs, traveling, and music my entire life. By far, Washington, D.C. is my favorite city. I am studying finance, with a minor in history, at Mississippi State University (MSU). I was a member of MSU’s dance team for two years, and currently a member of MSU’s Fashion Board, Stennis-Montgomery (Governmental) Association, and Delta Gamma Sorority. I have a mom, stepdad, younger sister, three dogs and a hamster, who I love and miss very much.

2. How did you learn about the intern program and why did you want to work at the Library of Congress?

I learned about the internship through my Congressman, Rep. Gregg Harper of MS.  Not only does this internship provide the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. for the summer, but also books have long been an interest of mine.  Seeing the acquisition, preservation, cataloging and loan processes is fascinating.  Who wouldn’t want to work for an organization that houses documents that have shaped our nation?

 3. How would you describe your internship?

I have learned more this summer than I could have imagined.  My mentor is Ellen Terrell of the Business Reference Section. I am creating a guide to the Library’s materials on the National Recovery Administration.  As a finance major, I love reading through this material.

4.  What has amazed you the most about the Library?

What still amazes me is that the Madison Building literally takes up an entire city block- it stretches even further underground. It is crazy how many employees work at the Library of Congress.

5. What have you learned about the Library that you didn’t know before you started your internship?

I was unaware that the Library houses the Poet Laureate’s Office– visiting this office was inspirational. This is a beautiful position filled year after year by incredibly talented people. 

For more information about being a Library Junior Fellow see the  Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program website.

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