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Honors History Student Earns Library of Congress Internship

June 08, 2020

Keely Shaw of San Angelo, a senior history major and honors student at Angelo State University, is one of just 40 college students nationwide selected for the 2020 Library of Congress Junior Fellows summer internship program.

Keely Shaw working a Vietnam War Commemoration event at the ASU LeGrand CenterKeely Shaw working a Vietnam War Commemoration event at the ASU LeGrand CenterThe Junior Fellows program is a 10-week paid internship designed to expose the fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place at the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library. It is being conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keely ShawKeely ShawShaw is interning with the Learning and Innovation Office, and she and the other fellows are working on a wide variety of projects under the mentorship of library staff. Shaw has specifically been assigned to the Primary Source-Based Education Resource project, where she and another fellow from Loyola University are creating educational resources using primary sources from the Library of Congress collection for use in K-12 classrooms.

Toward the end of the internship period, the fellows will present their most significant discoveries on Junior Fellows Display Day during the week of July 22.

“The opportunities an all-virtual internship provides us are rich and varied,” said Kimberly Powell, chief of internship and fellowship programs. “The staff at the library have mentored and created enduring professional relationships for Junior Fellows for 29 years. This summer, we look forward to continuing that tradition, but in new and exciting ways. We have another set of extraordinary interns this summer. They will leverage their skills, expand their knowledge and experience, and work with the staff to connect users with the library’s treasures.”

The fellows will also participate in virtual professional-development opportunities, including assessments, tours, courses and special events intended to increase engagement with the library.

Shaw won the 2018 Texas State Genealogical Society ScholarshipShaw won the 2018 Texas State Genealogical Society ScholarshipA member of the ASU Honors Program, Shaw is active in the ASU West Texas Collection and as a member of the project team for the History Department’s “War Stories” historical archive project. She has presented her own research at Great Plains Honors Council and National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conferences, and was selected for the 2019 NCHC Summer Institute for Holocaust Remembrance in the Netherlands.

Shaw is also active in the ASU Honors Student Association and has been inducted into the prestigious Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies.

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