LOCI Intern Spotlight: Derick Sanchez-Rivera

A young man in a gray plaid jacket and white shirt smiles in front of the Capitol Building.

Derick Sanchez-Rivera was a LOCI intern during the summer of 2022. [Photo courtesy of Derick Sanchez-Rivera.]

We regularly feature the interns whose hard work positively impacts the Library. Today’s interview is with a 2022 Summer participant in the Library of Congress Internship (LOCI) program, Derick Sanchez-Rivera.

 

Describe your background.

I am a 19 year-old Hispanic and Latino from Puerto Rico, born in Humacao and raised in Yabucoa, both located on the southeastern coast of the island. I am a rising junior at college, expected to graduate in May 2024. During my years of studying, I have dedicated my time to leadership, which sparked my interest in public engagement.

 

What is your academic/professional history?

I am a second-generation college student studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, where I am currently pursuing a bachelor of business administration in international business.

 

How would you describe your job to other people?

I am a program support assistant at the Office of Administrative Operations (OPS) at the Congressional Research Service. During my time at OPS, I have managed two projects that have directly impacted Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

By conducting market research, I have: (1) developed a spreadsheet that identifies the key recruitment markets of the Congressional Research Service; and (2) provided an analysis of the current Careers Website to enhance user experience and highlight the importance of recruiting diverse talent.

 

Why did you want to work at the Library of Congress?

I wanted to work at the Library of Congress because I wanted to be part of the story that has preserved and promoted knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

As an undergraduate student, performing meaningful and unique work in collaborative environments is at the top of my priorities. Certainly, the Library of Congress allows individuals to do so while focusing on the value of personal growth and achievement.

 

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Library of Congress?

The most interesting fact I’ve learned about the Library of Congress is that it is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation, founded in 1800. It is also the largest library in the world, occupying three buildings on Capitol Hill: the Thomas Jefferson Building; the John Adams Building; and the James Madison Memorial Building.

 

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

Most of my co-workers know that I am Hispanic and Latino. However, they do not know that I am the only member of my family who speaks English fluently.

One Comment

  1. Derick Sanchez-Rivera
    November 23, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for the feature! I had a great time interning at LOC this past summer!

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