SC State recent graduate explores a “World of History” at the Library of Congress

Thursday, May 14, 2009

As a recent graduate, full of excitement and ambition, and ready for great opportunities to unfold, Jaime Dicks will explore a “world of history”, as she interns this summer with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Dicks was accepted into the Library of Congress’ Junior Fellows program summer internship, and chosen amongst 47 fellows, selected to participate in this prestigious student internship.

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program offers an array of insight to undergraduate and graduate students into the culture of the world's largest and most widespread repository of human knowledge.

Summer interns, working with curators and the collection of the Library of Congress, will be exposed to a broad spectrum to library work: preservation, reference, access standards, information management, the United States copyright system, and inventorying atypical, non- book collection.

The orientation program will include behind-the-scene tours throughout the Library and Capitol Hill, as well as training in conservation techniques and instructions for the safe handling of rare copyright deposit materials, many of with date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“The internship at the Library of Congress will expand my knowledge base of American history. We have such a rich and treasured past that has to be preserved and remembered in order to substantiate an even brighter future,” Dicks said. “It will be an honor to work daily in places that hold so much historic relevance,” she continued.

Her extracurricular activities as a physical education major at SC State included: Adopt-A-Highway, a physical education teacher at Wesley Christian School, president of the Health and Physical Education Majors Club, and resident assistant in University Village.

Dicks received the 2009 Emerging Leader Award and is a recipient of the Oliver C. Dawson Memorial Award.

She is from Rock Hill, S.C. and plans to attend Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C. this fall.

"I am thrilled and ecstatic about the opportunity that Dicks will have as an intern with the Library of Congress,” stated Adrienne Webber, dean of the Miller F. Whittaker Library. “To be selected as a participant in this internship program solidifies confidence in Dicks’ ability, and those that she will engage with during this internship experience will see first-hand why Dicks was chosen as a recipient of the 2009 Shining Star Award here at SC State," she continued.

For more information about the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program, visit www.loc.gov, or contact Adrienne Webber at (803)536-8638.