The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is recruiting for its 2018 Graduate Recruit Program

The program is open to students currently enrolled in any year of an advanced degree program or graduating during the May 1, 2017 —August 31, 2018 academic year.  Initial appointments of up to 120 days will begin in the summer of 2018.  Selectees who perform successfully may be considered for permanent placement with CRS at the end of the summer or whenever they complete their graduate degree requirements.


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) within the Library of Congress seeks a Legislative Information Specialist to join its Office of Congressional Information and Publishing. The Office of Congressional Information and Publishing is the organization with CRS and the Library of Congress that is mandated to produce legislative information for the United States Congress.


Working with both legislative information and congressional client information, the selectee will: track measures through the legislative process from introduction, floor proceedings in both chambers, multiple amendment processes, committee and subcommittee actions, and approval or veto by the President; evaluate legislative actions and documents; contribute to the processes of legislative subject term assignment; and maintain quality control over legislative metadata and authority records to ensure accuracy, timeliness, availability, and reliability. The Legislative Information Specialist will perform this work in a digital online environment.

This candidate should have solid computer skills, including skills needed to work with databases, spreadsheets, and web applications in a network environment. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and coursework or experience in legal research and/or political science. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, as well as strong collaborative skills are also valued. Strong attention to detail is required.


A complete listing of positions, eligibility requirements, and salary information is available on the CRS Careers website:   Application instructions and selection and evaluation criteria can be found in each vacancy announcement.  Applications for the legislative information specialist must be received by May 22, 2018.


The Graduate Recruit Program seeks to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.  Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  I hope you will alert your graduate students to this unique employment opportunity.