Work Study Student Program 2021/2022

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2021
Jun 29, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


The Library of Congress Work Study Student Program is a progressive, career development program for local high school students. It combines on-the-job training and career development with classroom instructions and education. Under the program, students earn a federal salary, receive work site supervision and career assistance. Students will get the chance to work part-time when school is in session with the possibility of full-time employment during school breaks

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This program offers high school students insights into the environment and culture of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Work Study Students will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management.

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Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment
  • Students enrolled in a Work-Based Learning Program are given preference
  • Homeschooled students must have completed 70% of their high school studies
  • To be considered for a position students MUST submit ALL required documents

For a student to be eligible to submit an application for the Library of Congress Work Study Student Program they must meet the following requirements.

  • A US Citizen
  • Enrolled in their Junior or Senior year of high school studies at a local high school not more than 45 minutes commute to worksite
  • Must be available for work Monday - Friday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. OR Monday - Friday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. - available from August 30, 2021 through August 26, 2022.
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Eligible for a Work Permit OR 18 years old
  • In good standing with high school grades
  • In good standing with previous employers or supervisors at volunteer positions
  • Demonstrate positive behavior at high school and work environments
  • Recommended by the appropriate high school officials through required e-mail procedure (see Required Documents section of vacancy for e-mail procedure)


GS - 1: No experience required other than attendance in accredited high school with an early release time. (During High School Work Study Program)


Students who are homeschooled must have completed 70% of their high school studies at the time of application as demonstrated on school transcript.

Additional information

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If a student needs a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Completed application packages will be forwarded to selecting officials in the Library who will arrange telephone and in-person interviews with promising applicants, based on the application package and desired skills.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please be sure to submit ALL Required Documents.

If any documents are missing, your application will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified. .

1. REQUIRED - Completed application through USAJOBS or federal resume attached to USAJOBS application.

2. REQUIRED - Cover letter stating professional objectives; include language abilities and additional skills, if relevant

3. REQUIRED - Letter of recommendation, from the appropriate high school Work-Based Learning Coordinator or high school counselor.

In the letter of recommendation, the Coordinator or counselor MUST assume responsibility for monitoring student's progress, attest to the applicant's proficiency, reliability and the feasibility of his/her carrying out assignments. Letter of recommendation MUST be emailed from the high school e-mail address of the Work-Based Learning Coordinator or counselor. E-mail letter to: . The subject line MUST READ: Work Study Student Recommendation letter for [full name of applicant/student].

4. REQUIRED - Latest transcript from the current high school. (Report card and schedule of registered classes for the upcoming high school year is acceptable in place of transcript)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.