The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) Aspiring Leaders Internship Program was established through an endowment to provide legally blind individuals opportunities to work at the Library of Congress, NLS, in areas of study or interest to qualifying interns.
The Program runs during spring, summer, and fall sessions, between 10 to 12-weeks each session. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated within the past five years from an accredited two-year or four-year college or university are eligible to apply.
Under the guidance of mentors, interns work on selected tasks and projects within one of the five main divisions of NLS: the Office of the Director, Business Operations Division, Collections Division, Patron and Network Engagement Division, and Program Delivery Division.
Typical assignments will assist with the mission and goals of the Library and NLS. These may include but are not limited to:
- Data input and migration of information for the Braille Certification Learning Management System
- Development and scanning of braille music material
- Writing and editing content for NLS-produced material
- Translating written content into various foreign languages
- Braille proofreading and transcription
- Project management assistance
In addition, interns will be required to participate in orientation sessions about NLS, its network of regional and subregional libraries, and brown-bag discussions.
Applicants must be a US Citizen, legally blind, and able to work remotely.