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An Interview with Zachary Schaeffer, Law Library Summer Intern

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Today’s interview is with Zachary Schaeffer, who is a college student at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He is currently working as a summer intern with the Law Library’s Office of Legislative and External Relations.

Zachary Schaeffer standing in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
Zachary Schaeffer, Law Library summer intern. Photo by Donna Sokol

Describe your background.

I’m from a small town called Smithsburg, which is outside of Hagerstown, Maryland. I went to high school in Smithsburg, where I played multiple sports including lacrosse, soccer, and cross country. I now attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where I study economics, politics, and Arabic.

How would you describe your job to other people?

I work in the Law Library’s Office of Legislative and External Relations. I assist with various administrative tasks, which mostly pertain to future Law Library events. I also provide subject research support and complete tasks related to outreach efforts.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library?

I knew that the Law Library would be a great opportunity for me to get some real world experience in politics before I graduate. Since I am studying economics and politics, I figured that Capitol Hill would be one of the best places to pursue work. Also, my brother works in the same building as I do, so he has been able to help me acclimate to the government office environment—not to mention it makes commuting much easier!

What is the most interesting fact you have learned about the Law Library?

I had no idea that the Law Library of Congress organized exhibitions for the public, including one last year which displayed an original copy of the Magna Carta. It’s incredible that the Library has the ability to host such interesting events.

What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

I don’t think many of my co-workers know that I have a tattoo.


  1. an interesting interview

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