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Archival Internships

Each voluntary internship is unique and offers a variety of duties and requires different skills. Locations will also vary. Please browse our available opportunities and apply to the one(s) that best suits your interests.

Archives II IT Specialist Solutions Group – Physical site is College Park, MD

Internship Description

One of the aims of NARA's IT Specialist Solutions Group is to provide interns with the opportunity to contribute to our mission in processing and preserving electronic records. We face the challenge of making certain that electronic records produced in the past, and being produced today, are preservable and accessible into the future for the American people.

Electronic records are received from Federal agencies in many types of formats, and are derived from a wide variety of operational environments and applications. NARA is developing an electronic toolkit which will help Processing Sections gain intellectual control over these records.

Part of this process of gaining control is primarily technical. We are looking for individuals who can understand the highly technical characteristics of various files and file formats, and who can write code and develop applications, to include deployable applications with consistent user interfaces. These applications will be used in situations including, but not limited to: examining files for completeness of metadata, determining whether files have technical and contextual integrity, and determining internal file formats.

Ideal candidates will be enrolled in or will have had course experience in computer science at an accredited 4-year institution of higher learning with demonstrated practical ability to program and a concentration in areas such as (but not limited to) database systems, human computer interaction, programming languages and software engineering.

Generally, internships at the National Archives are unpaid positions with the minimum requirement of 160 hours. For the summer, it is preferred that an intern maintain a full-time schedule for at least 8-10 weeks, as it provides an intern with the best archival experience allowing him/her to take on more challenging projects. However, not being able to work within these parameters will not exclude an intern applicant from being considered.

A cover letter, resume and transcripts (official or unofficial) should be submitted to Hunter Lewis at hunter.lewis@nara.gov.

For more information please contact:

Hunter Lewis
301-837-0653
hunter.lewis@nara.gov

Reference & Processing Sections (RDT) – Physical sites are Washington, DC and College Park, MD

Internship Description

The aim of the Reference and Processing Sections is to provide interns a well rounded archival experience. First and foremost, interns are given the opportunity to work with primary documents. Second, interns usually work primarily with one archivist, who serves as a supervisor.

Records found in Washington, DC, and in College Park, MD, are broken down into following three subject areas:

  • military
  • navy and maritime records
  • civilian agencies

Prospective interns will work mainly in either reference or processing, but may have the opportunity to work in a limited capacity in the other section during their internship.

The following are brief descriptions of the duties an intern can expect to undertake:

Reference interns:

  • Respond to various researcher inquiries, usually by doing a cursory search of the records and then answering the request by letter or email.
  • Spend some time in the consultant's room working with researchers in person.
  • Perform some processing work, such as writing descriptions and/or preparing box and/or folder lists.  
  • A small percentage of an intern’s time may include assisting staff with retrieving and refiling records requested by researchers. 
  • Reference interns are usually assigned to one of the three subject area teams: military; navy /maritime; and civilian agencies. 

Processing interns:

  • Will generally concentrate on one larger project (i.e., holdings maintenance on and/or arranging and describing records) and/or a few small projects (like box/folder lists).
  • Spend time in the consultant’s room greeting researchers in person.     
  • A small percentage of an intern’s time may include assisting staff with retrieving and refiling records requested by researchers.

Interested candidates must be enrolled in a degree granting program (at the undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of their internship; selected interns will need to provide a letter from their school verifying enrollment.  U.S. citizenship is required and selected interns must submit to a full background check.  Generally, internships at the National Archives are unpaid positions with the minimum requirement of 160 hours.  For the summer, it is preferred that an intern maintain a full-time schedule for at least 8-10 weeks, as it provides an intern with the best archival experience allowing him/her to take on more challenging projects.  However, not being able to work within these parameters will not exclude an intern applicant from being considered.

The Application Process

Washington, DC (Archives I) College Park, MD (Archives II)

Please submit:

  1. Resume and cover letter
  2. Recent school transcript
  3. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Please submit:

  1. Resume and cover letter
  2. Recent school transcript
  3. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Application deadlines for all internships are as follows:

  • Summer: March 5
  • Fall: July 5
  • Spring: November 5

Application deadlines for all internships are as follows:

  • Summer: March 5
  • Fall: July 5
  • Spring: November 5

For more information or to submit an application please contact:

Juliette Arai
202-357-5182
juliette.arai@nara.gov

For more information or to submit an application please contact:

Tina Ligon
301-837-0620
tina.ligon@nara.gov

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