This is a guest post by Diana Gibbs, program manager for the AHHA Internship Program. Diana has previously posted about AHHA in the Blog Post Round-Up: 2021 AHHA Interns and Blog Round-up: AHHA Fall 2021.
Applications are open today, March 20 through Monday, April 24, 2023 for the 2023 session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program. The Library of Congress encourages candidates located throughout the United States to apply: AHHA 2023 includes options for onsite and remote projects.
Interested in joining the Library of Congress for fall 2023? Start off by reviewing full program details on the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program – 2023 opportunity page.
Get to Know AHHA
AHHA interns forge new paths of learning and discovery in the world’s largest library. This part-time, paid internship provides opportunities to analyze, organize, and interpret collections or programs that help share an inclusive story of the American experience.
As part of the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, the AHHA program focuses on Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.
During the program, AHHA interns accumulate valuable portfolios of career-accelerating items and transferrable experiences. Intern publications and reflection videos shine on the AHHA loc.gov page, where alumni point to their official Library of Congress contributions while applying for academic programs and jobs. Visit the page to see AHHA interns in action and draw inspiration from their project findings.
Peer-driven collaboration is a hallmark of AHHA, as well. Interns participate in Project Portfolio Pods to gather feedback and consider different perspectives from fellow cohort members. And, the acclaimed Professional Development Series welcomes interns to its career and educational sessions. In these participatory and informational courses, interns hone workplace skills, build professional networks, and absorb lifelong Library of Congress knowledge.
AHHA projects heighten visibility and promote accessibility for Library resources that more fully represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States. This year, the slate of project paths to choose from includes: expanding access to fascinating photographs that provide insights into American history and cultures; learning and applying archival standards and principles while processing and making available part of the Manuscript Division’s Black history collection; developing prototype materials that connect children from diverse communities to Library collections, and identifying materials and K-12 classroom strategies that use digitized Library resources to effectively support culturally relevant pedagogy.
Apply for AHHA 2023