Student Employee to Intern at the Library of Congress
Karen Glenn, an archival assistant in L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will spend part of the Summer as an intern at the Library of Congress through the Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. This is a very competitive program, and Karen is one of the first BYU students to participate.
Karen found out about the internship through an email sent out by her Congressman, Dan Lungren. As a member of the Joint Committee on the Library, Congressman Lungren could nominate one college student from his district for the internship, and after a lengthy application process and interview, he selected Karen. She has been assigned to work with a curator in archival management, and at the end of her internship Karen will present her findings to Congressman Lungren and Librarian of Congress James Billington.
An International Relations major graduating in April 2009, Karen was hired in Special Collections six months ago.
“Working in Special Collections made me fall in love with library archival work,” Karen said. “I am very excited for the opportunity to work in our national library after graduation.”
Special Collections curator John Murphy wrote one of the reference letters for Karen’s application.
“Karen is very bright, and she has a natural ability and talent for librarianship and all things archival,” Murphy said. “She has met all of my expectations as a student employee, and she has the skills to thrive in a professional environment. Typically these internships are awarded to graduate students, so Karen has distinguished herself and the university by being selected. It is a great honor for our library to send a student of this caliber to the Library of Congress.”
After her internship and some more work experience, Karen hopes to continue her education in a Masters of Library and Information Science program somewhere on the East coast.