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2024 AHHA Internship Applications Open

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This is a guest post by Diana Gibbs, program manager for the AHHA internship program. 

 

The Library of Congress welcomes applications now through Monday, April 22, 2024 for the 2024 session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program. Doors are open to candidates located throughout the United States: AHHA includes options for onsite and remote projects. 

 

Get to Know AHHA 

AHHA interns generate 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. 

An illustration of a child kneeling on the ground, digging into the dirt with a trowel.
Williams, V.B. (1986). Illustration from Cherries and Cherry Pits showing Bedemmi planting cherry pits. https://www.loc.gov/item/2022630115/

During the program, AHHA interns accumulate valuable portfolios of career-accelerating items and transferrable experiences. Intern publications and reflection videos adorn 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. 

 

Project Preview 

AHHA projects heighten visibility and promote accessibility for Library resources that more fully represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States. Peruse the sampling of AHHA 2024 project objectives below and imagine yourself immersed in:  

  • Analyzing the Library’s Comic Book Collection’s contents to determine if materials from Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous creators are adequately represented. 
  • Curating and remixing the Library’s digital collections to create an interactive experience that engrosses users in the narrative worlds of Zora Neal Hurston.  
  • Collaborating with Library staff to identify materials and K-12 classroom strategies that use digitized Library resources to support culturally relevant pedagogy. 
  • Connecting the voices of Hispanic authors, poets, and scholars with collection items that center around Hispanic communities in the United States and Latin America. 
  • Developing visual literacy, analytical, and indexing skills to update metadata and contribute to the development of inclusive description practices for visual materials. 
  • Expanding the Library’s offering of research guides in African American and Hispanic American history to connect researchers to stories about historically underrepresented people. 
A sepia-toned photograph of 17 people posing among plants.
Brady, M. B., photographer. (1863) Indian delegation in the White House Conservatory during the Civil War, with J.G. Nicolay, President Abraham Lincoln’s secretary, standing in center back row and interpreter John Simpson Smith at back left / Brady, New York. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004669812/.

 

AHHA 2024 Program Details 

Program starts: Monday, September 9, 2024 

Program ends: Friday, November 15, 2024 

Schedule: Part-time, 20 hours per week 

Pay: GS-03 hourly rate based on location  

 

Apply for AHHA 2024 

Now, take action to join the Library of Congress for AHHA 2024! Start off by reviewing full program details on the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program opportunity page.  

This How to Apply Guide will walk you through the application process. Review the AHHA Program FAQs, and send us a message if you have questions: [email protected] 

An image of two handwritten pages.
Terrell, M. C. (1936) Mary Church Terrell Papers: Family Correspondence, -1955; Phyllis Terrell Goines Parks Langston daughter; 1936 to 1952, undated. – 1952. https://www.loc.gov/item/mss425490023/.

 

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