Phillip Fernberg had the opportunity to intern with the Library of Congress-Hispanic Division. He is a Latin American Studies major with a minor in Scandinavian Studies as well as Urban and Regional Planning.
What did you do at your internship?
I helped prepare content for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS), an annotated bibliography of academic research related to Latin America. I assisted the co-editors by adding annotations to existing HLAS bibliographic records, tracking and managing mailings to the HLAS Contributing Editors, and managing book pickups from cataloging / and acquisitions locations. I also helped in the process of digitizing and putting pre-internet editions of the handbook on the web.
What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?
I found it extremely useful to learn both the basic and more nuanced functions of a governmental organization. Since I have thought about spending part of my career in public service, it was good to get a feel for how things work at the federal level.
Would you recommend this internship to other students? Why?
Absolutely! Between going to work in one of the coolest historic buildings in DC every day, living in Foggy Bottom with the Washington Seminar program, and the great work with even greater people, what's not to like!
I will be forever grateful for the experience!