Applications Now Open for AHHA Fall 2021 Remote Internship

Applications open today—March 26, 2021—for the Fall session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship! This part-time, remote internship offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students insights into the Library of Congress collections—the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge.

A woman holds a fan of feathers while looking off to her right.

[Portrait of Bessie Smith holding feathers] photographic print by Carl Van Vechten, 1936. This image is part of the Van Vechten Collection–one of the collections that an AHHA intern will explore this fall. //www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004663573/

Interested in applying? Read below for a brief guide on applying to the AHHA internship.

Prepare to Apply. Read the full description of the AHHA internship on the Internships and Fellowships Portal, and get familiar with the expectations and eligibility criteria of the internship. Read through the list of Fall projects that are listed toward the middle of the page. On your application, you’ll select your top two projects.

If this is your first time applying through USAJobs.gov, you’ll want to create a login.gov account. Next, create a profile in USAJobs.gov.

Read the Job Posting Thoroughly. Click the USAJobs.gov link from the full AHHA program description to access the job posting and preview the vacancy questions.

Request Your Transcript. Request your transcript through your university. Because delivery can take a while, try to request your transcript as early as you can. Read the full AHHA program description to determine what will and won’t be accepted.

Twenty-five members of an African American band stands posed on the steps of a brick building. The band leader stands in front, holding a baton.

[African American band posed on steps to brick building], photographic print, 1899 or 1900. This image is part of a collection that an AHHA intern will explore this fall: Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. Du Bois albums of photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. //www.loc.gov/pictures/item/99472444/

Build Your Resume. Build your federal style resume in USAJobs.gov. If you have an existing resume, be sure to convert it to federal style before uploading.

Gather Your References. You don’t need to submit letters of reference for the application to AHHA, but you’ll want to give your references a heads up that you’ll be submitting their names and contact info. Your references will be contacted only if you are selected for the internship.

Draft Your Candidate Statement of Interest. For this application, you won’t upload a separate cover letter. Instead, you’ll paste your candidate statement of interest right into the application. There’s a 5000-character limit for this section, so be sure to watch your character count as you’re drafting. Read the vacancy questions to find out what to include in your statement of interest, and draft your statement before completing the application.

Submit the Application. When you have all your materials prepared, you’re ready to submit the application via USAJobs.gov. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 23.

Questions? Be sure to check out the FAQs for AHHA in the full description of the program. If you can’t find your answer in the FAQs, feel free to ask in the comments below.

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