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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Internship Program, Library of Congress, (Washington DC)


The Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is administered by the Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office. Through this program, the Library offers teaching materials, professional development, and partnership opportunities focused on the educational use the Library’s digitized primary sources.

The TPS Consortium is a nationwide network of partner organizations that delivers educational programming, and creates teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. This work supports the Library’s mission to use its collections to connect with those representing diverse communities, beliefs, and endeavors to engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.

The TPS Internship Program offers onsite and remote opportunities for interns to help Library staff and TPS Consortium members incorporate the Library’s collections of digitized primary sources into high-quality educational programming and materials. Interns will gain valuable, collaborative work experience by exploring educational resources, applying learning strategies, and connecting through partnerships. A key component of the TPS Internship Program is researching and contributing content about new discoveries and reflections to the TPS Teachers Network, culminating in a special project.

Whether remote or onsite, TPS interns will engage with TPS Consortium members and the more than 13,000 educators belonging to the TPS Teachers Network. In addition, the onsite TPS intern will support the Library’s in-person programming for young visitors ages 9+ and their families by developing an onsite component based on their research.

TPS interns will:

  • identify materials and learning strategies that use digitized Library resources to effectively support K-12 student and teacher audiences
  • learn about the Library, its collections and programs
  • help to plan and support primary source-based educational programming targeting K-12 student and teacher audiences
  • design and implement a special project as described in the application materials
  • conduct research and consult with Library experts to inform internship work
  • share insights and engage in online discussions on the TPS Teachers Network
  • (onsite only) engage young visitors ages 9+ and their families with primary source and collection-based activities


The Library of Congress will select up to two TPS interns per semester through this notice, one remote and one working onsite, with the following qualifications: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; at least 18 years old at the start of the internship; undergraduate or graduate student of good standing, or a recent graduate (within six months); interest in working with and developing primary-source based materials for learners ages 9+, their families, and/or K-12 teachers. Successful candidates are likely to have academic, volunteer, or professional experience related to education, library science, history or museum studies, etc., targeted at learners ages 9+, their families, and/or K-12 teachers; and a collaborative approach conducive to working with colleagues to exchange ideas and strategies for augmenting learning and teaching with connections to Library resources.

How to Apply

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Email the following application materials to: [email protected] Please use this subject line: “TPS Internship – [Applicant’s full name]”. In your application, please include:

o Resume

o Statement of purpose describing future professional and/or academic plans (250 words)

o Topic idea for a project that identifies digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, found at, suitable for engaging learners, ages 9+. Please also explain why you chose this topic of interest. (100 words max.)

o Transcript (may be unofficial)

o Two academic and/or professional references (contact information only)

o Availability: remote or onsite

Important: All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM local time on the deadline indicated below. Late materials will not be reviewed.

o Fall 2023 Applications accepted between: 1/27/2023 – 6/2/2023 (Internship dates: week of 8/21/2023 – week of 12/18/2023)