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Exhibitions and Educational Outreach Internships

Please browse our available opportunities and apply to the one(s) that best suit your interests.

About the Internships

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Exhibitions and Educational Outreach internships offer an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience for students interested in education, museum studies, public policy, U.S. History, political science or communications. Depending on the intern's work schedule, interests and skills, and the current needs of the departments, interns may be assigned a combination of responsibilities and activities.

Center for Legislative Archives – Physical site is Washington, DC

Public outreach internships

Public outreach interns at the Center for Legislative Archives work on a variety of projects along with outreach staff that develop research and writing skills, expand students' understanding of history and government, and provide opportunities to explore a variety of career paths.

Public outreach intern assignments could include:

  • Lesson plans and curricular materials based on original House and Senate documents

  • Research for posts on the Center's tumblr and other social media outlets

  • Research for online featured documents

  • Archival description of congressional records

  • General research in the records of Congress to support outreach programs

Intern assignments on these project include: historical research, research on institutional changes and developments in government, policy research, writing research memos, creating educational materials, or creating charts, graphs and timelines.

Interested students at any educational level may apply for a public outreach internship. Applicants with strong writing skills and an interest in history, political science, legislative politics, public policy, education, public history or communication are welcome. For information on how to apply, please visit How to apply for an internship with the Center for Legislative Archives.

Archival Internships

Archival interns receive training from the Center's archivists on a variety of projects, including:

  • Description of archival records

  • Reference requests from researchers

  • Creation and digitization of finding aids

Students with the appropriate skills may also work on proposals for maximizing the archival utility of the Center's web site.

Archival interns often come to the Center to gain hands on experience during their graduate studies in Archives and Library Science programs. However, all students with an interest in this field are encourages to submit an application. For information on how to apply, please visit How to apply for an internship with the Center for Legislative Archives.

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Boeing Learning Center Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) – Physical site is Washington, DC

Boeing Learning Center Internship

Would you like experience

  • teaching children and adults in a museum?
  • creating activities based on primary sources?
  • using social media to share historical documents?
  • helping visitors understand our nation’s past?

Boeing Learning Center interns help visitors of all ages become excited about history and engage them in document-based activities.  The internship duties are varied and include:

  • assisting with Constitution-related workshops for students 
  • leading visitors in hands-on museum activities
  • helping develop family programming
  • conducting research to identify documents for educational materials and programs
  • working with DocsTeach, the National Archives’ lesson-plan building website
  • supporting teacher workshop activities
  • writing blog posts 
  • leading tours for special groups

Students majoring in history, education, political science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently.

View more information on the Boeing Learning Center.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, Room G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

rebecca.martin@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and Spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Who to Contact

If you have questions regarding this internship opportunity, please email:
Rebecca Martin or at (202) 357-5272

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Social Media and Online Engagement Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) - Physical site is Washington, DC

Do you love history and want to share your love with others?  Are you interested in merging your interest in the past with your knowledge of technology?

The Office of Education and Public Programs’ social media interns promote the educational materials and activities of the National Archives through social media, the web, and mobile apps.  The internship duties are varied and include:
  • creating content for Tumblr, HistoryPin, and other sites
  • conducting research to identify documents to feature on social media sites and on the web
  • developing on-line materials related to upcoming programs and exhibitions
  • writing on-line catalog descriptions
  • writing blog posts

Students majoring in history, education, political science, American studies, public history, museum education, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently.

How to Apply

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

rebecca.martin@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Who to Contact

If you have questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact:
Rebecca Martin or at (202) 357-5272

National History Day Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) – Physical site is Washington, DC

Would you like experience applying your love of history and your teaching interests in to event planning and management in a professional museum setting?

The National Archives’ Office of Education and Public Programs is looking for a motivated, organized, and personable student to assist with preparations for and the execution of the District of Columbia’s National History Day competition. The National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

Internship duties can include:

  • Serving as a liaison between DC teachers and the National Archives
  • Coaching students with research and project development.
  • Organizing logistics for the two-day competition, held in the spring.
  • Supporting school-level National History Day competitions within the District of Columbia.
  • Publicizing the DC National History Day program through print and social media outlets.
  • Developing material for student and teacher workshops.

Students majoring in history, education, political science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently. National History Day alumni are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, Room G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

rebecca.martin@nara.gov

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Research Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) – Physical site is Washington, DC

Support public outreach activities at the National Archives by conducting research for upcoming programs and education activities.

The Office of Education and Public Programs engages, educates, and inspires multiple audiences to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives.  Research interns search for archival materials on topics determined by education office staff.  They assess items for usefulness in education programs, digitize materials, record complete citations, and develop educational activities based on the records they find.

The internship duties also include:

  • working with DocsTeach, the National Archives' lesson-plan building website
  • supporting teacher workshop activities
  • writing blog posts 
  • leading visitors in hands-on museum activities

Students majoring in history, education, political science, archival science, information or library science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must be able to work both independently and collaboratively, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and have strong organizational skills.

For more information on the work of the Office of Education and Public Programs, visit our blog Education Updates.

How to Apply
Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

rebecca.martin@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Whom to Contact
If you have questions regarding this internship opportunity, please email Rebecca Martin or call (202) 357-5272.

 

General Questions?

If you have general internship questions, please contact the Student Intern Program:

Telephone Telephone:
301-837-1872

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