2021 Junior Fellows Program Begins

The Of the People blog will publish a series of interviews featuring the Library’s summer interns. This is an announcement of the Junior Fellows Program, one of the Mellon-sponsored programs.

Forty-two undergraduate and graduate students recently began their participation in the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. The 2021 cohort marks the 30th class of Junior Fellows, a signature initiative of the Library’s since 1991.

The program is being offered as a virtual internship for the second year in a row, consistent with restrictions and health guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellows will collaborate across four time zones, 20 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington.

Fellows will work on a diverse range of projects under the mentorship of Library staff during the 10-week paid internship program. The projects include archiving assets from past National Book Festivals, developing new resources for intergenerational learning, improving access to uncatalogued ancient Hebrew texts and exploring how varied light-testing data can be presented using online visualization tools.

“Programs like Junior Fellows allow Library staff to collaborate across the institution to widen the path of cultural and intellectual engagement with emerging professionals,” said Kimberly Powell, chief of talent recruitment and outreach at the Library.

Fellows will also participate in virtual professional development opportunities to enhance their skillsets outside of their assigned projects, interacting with program alumni and Library leadership through a twice-weekly professional development series to increase engagement with Library collections and develop skills for securing employment.

The cohort will present their most significant findings and accomplishments during a display day on July 21. The public is invited to experience this virtual exhibition; more information on display day will become available at a later date. The internship concludes on July 30.

Learn more about the Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program at loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/. For more information about internships and fellowship opportunities, visit loc.gov/ifp/. For information about careers and employment at the Library, visit loc.gov/careers.

The 2021 fellows (with hometown, school and assignment) are:

Rebekah Bain; Glendale, Wisconsin; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Manuscript Division.

Karla Roig Blay; San Juan, Puerto Rico; University of Texas at Austin; Hispanic Division.

Kimmy Chancellor; Waco, Texas; Texas A&M University; Preservation Research and Testing Division.

Amal Charara; Chantilly, Virginia; East Central University; Science, Technology and Business Division.

Bennett Comerford; Bend, Oregon; Harvard University; Asian Division.

Samantha Correia; Attleboro, Massachusetts; Simmons University; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Sean DiLeonardi; Peoria, Illinois; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Science, Technology & Business Division.

Rae Enzie; Mansfield, Mississippi; Simmons University; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Morgan Gibbs; Lewis Center, Ohio; Ohio State University; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Maggie Jensen; Fort Worth, Texas; Catholic University of America; Manuscript Division.

Abigail Jorja Tick; Syracuse, New York; Syracuse University; Office of the Chief Information Office.

Emmeline Kaser; Ridgefield, Connecticut; University of Michigan; Digital Collections and Management Services.

Sonia Kelly; Irvine, California; College of William and Mary and University of St. Andrews; Congressional Research Service.

Sara Kittleson; Salem, Oregon; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Hispanic Division.

Alyssa Sarah Knapp; Carmel, California; University of California, Los Angeles; National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.

Joe Kolodrubetz; Highland, Maryland; George Washington University Law School; Law Library.

Jacob Kowall; Washington, D.C.; Simmons University; Digital Collections and Management Services.

Talia Lieber; Rockville, Maryland; University of California, Los Angeles; African and Middle Eastern Division.

Michael Teresa Mellifera; Washington, D.C.; Catholic University of America; Law Library.

Shlomit Menashe; Seattle, Washington; University of Maryland; African and Middle Eastern Division.

Kate Mitchell; Highland Park, New Jersey; Rutgers University; National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.

Liam Josef Morrissey Sims; Washington, D.C.; University of Pittsburgh; Hispanic Division.

Mary Murdock; Eldersburg, Maryland; University of Maryland, College Park; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Daniel Ng; West Windsor, New Jersey; University of Texas at Austin; Asian Division.

Amy Olson; Seattle, Washington; Smith College; Collections Management Division.

Joshua Oritz Baco; San Juan, Puerto Rico; University of Texas at Austin; Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Darshni Patel; Piscataway, New Jersey; George Mason University; Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Alex Reese; College Station, Texas; University of Texas at Austin; Digital Collections and Management Services.

Tania María Ríos Marrero; San Juan, Puerto Rico; University of Washington iSchool; Science, Technology and Business Division.

Sarah Rounsville; Rio Rancho, New Mexico; University of Notre Dame; Congressional Research Service.

Echo Rue; Ashburn, Virginia; University of South Florida; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Rachel Scott; Webster, New York; State University of New York, Brockport; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Hilary Shiue; Astoria, New York; University of Maryland, College Park; Digital Collections and Management Services.

Finn Smith; Easton, Pennsylvania; Vassar College; Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

Shannon Sommers; Brooklyn, New York; Yale University; Congressional Research Service.

Hannah Spring Pfeifer; Liverpool, New York; Villanova University; Science, Technology and Business Division.

Pariti Sutaria; Glassboro, New Jersey; Rutgers University-Camden; Science, Technology and Business Division.

Joseph A. Torres-González; Arecibo, Puerto Rico; The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY); Science, Technology and Business Division.

Heidi Vance; Longwood, Florida; Northumbria University; Preservation Research and Testing Division.

Sophie Vogelsang; Haslett, Michigan; Vanderbilt University; Preservation Research and Testing Division.

Emily Zerrenner; Eau Claire, Michigan; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Yuqing Zhou; Highland Park, New Jersey; Rutgers University; Copyright Office.

The Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program has been a signature initiative of the Library of Congress since 1991. It is made possible by a gift from the late James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund and by an investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

3 Comments

  1. Emily West Hartlerode
    June 18, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Congratulations to the Junior Fellows! Nice to see those from Oregon and Seattle representing the Pacific Northwest. When do you expect to post your RFP for community organizations and Tribes to apply for self-documentation awards?

    • John Fenn
      June 21, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks for reading, and notices of funding opportunities for the Community Collections grant program are still forthcoming. Please continue to watch this blog for updates!

    • John Fenn
      June 21, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks for reading! Notices of funding opportunities connected to the Community Collections grant program are still forthcoming. Continue to swatch the blog for updates.

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