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Get Involved These are the Presidential Libraries internships in the DC Metro area. More are available outside the Washington, DC area. Each 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 suit your interests.

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Presidential Libraries are not libraries in the usual sense. They are archives and museums, bringing together in one place the documents and artifacts of a President and his administration and presenting them to the public for study and discussion without regard for political considerations or affiliations. Presidential Libraries and Museums, like their holdings, belong to the American people.

Types of Internships

  1. Office of Presidential Libraries – Physical site is College Park, MD
    1. Education and Grant Researcher

      The Office of Presidential Libraries oversees a diverse education program among its thirteen Presidential Libraries nationwide. The intern will work with central office staff as well as educators across the Presidential Library system to develop new education initiatives and seek partnerships with public and private partners. The intern will also conduct grant research, grant writing, and general research regarding partnerships with museums, universities, and other related institutions.

      We are looking for an intern with creative ideas who has the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Research (both internet and in print) skills and a familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is important.

    2. Public Awareness Assistant

      The Office of Presidential Libraries has an ongoing public awareness program that implements system-wide initiatives for branding the system of Presidential Libraries and marketing our products and programs to a broader audience. The intern will assist in updating current awareness projects (such as Presidential Library brochures) and in developing communication pieces (marketing materials, product development, and visitor feedback). The intern will also provide support for the Presidential Libraries' national survey initiative, and will participate in the development of Presidential Library sponsored forums and other Presidential Library public programming.

      We are looking for an intern with creative ideas who has the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Research (both internet and in print) skills and a familiarity with Microsoft Office suite as well as graphics programs (Photoshop) is important.

    3. Web Site Developer

      The Office of Presidential Libraries maintains an overarching website that serves as a conduit for information between the National Archives and the thirteen individual Presidential Libraries. The intern will review and make recommendations for enhancements to the web sites, including a review of policy requirements. This internship project will require internet research and communication with NARA professionals in the central office as well as within each of the Presidential Libraries. The intern will gain insight into the complexities of policy implementation and NARA's system of Presidential Libraries as well as gain a better understanding of the materials available online through these sites. It is also a unique opportunity to develop and deploy new content for the Office of Presidential Libraries.

      We are looking for an intern with creative ideas who has the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Specific skills required for this assignment are a general knowledge of web site design and html coding skills. Familiarity with using PhotoShop and other web-based multimedia tools is also beneficial.

  2. Nixon Library's Tapes Team – Physical site is Washington, DC

    Project Description:

    The Nixon Library's Tapes Team seeks an intern to provide line-by-line verification of transcripts for the diary entries of the H. R. Haldeman Diaries.  We have initial workflows established for metadata embedding in digital audio access files and Text Encoding Initiative [TEI] Extensible Markup Language [XML] coding, as well for the diary entries.  Intern will also assist with online catalog records for the diaries in NARA's Online Public Access [OPA].  The internship can possibly be ongoing and have increased hours during the summer.

    Background:

    Harry Robbins "Bob" Haldeman was a long-time aide to Richard Nixon, meeting Nixon during the Eisenhower years, and then serving in campaign capacities. Haldeman kept a personal diary throughout his tenure as personal assistant to President Richard Nixon and White House Chief of Staff. The collection consists of seven bound volumes of handwritten diaries, 36 dictated diaries recorded as sound recordings, and two handwritten audio cassette tape subject logs. The bound volumes cover the dates January 18, 1969 to December 2, 1970. The audiocassettes cover November 30, 1970 to April 30, 1973. The diaries and logs reflect H. R. Haldeman's candid personal record and reflections on events, issues, and people encountered during his service in the Nixon White House.

    For more information, please see: 

    http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/virtuallibrary/documents/haldeman-diaries/haldeman-diaries.php

    Qualifications:

    • Library or Archival Science student
    • Attention to detail critical
    • AV Archival Collections knowledge preferred
    • Digital Archives knowledge preferred
    • XML-based experience with or exposure to TEI and/or EAD strongly preferred

    How to Apply:

    A complete application package includes a cover letter, a resume, school transcripts and a letter of recommendation from an educational faculty member.

    Where to Send Applications

    Materials should be submitted to either:
    National Archives & Records Administration
    Attn: Cary McStay
    8601 Adelphi Road
    Room 1350
    College Park, MD 20740
    Or
    cary.mcstay@nara.gov

    Application Deadline

    Applications must be submitted no later than January 30, 2015.

    Who to Contact

    If you have questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact:

    • Cary McStay at (301) 837-0916

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    How to Apply

    A complete application package includes a cover letter stating the area of interest, a resume, official transcripts and a letter of recommendation from an educational faculty member.

    Where to Send Applications

    Materials should be submitted to:

    National Archives & Records Administration
    Attn: NL
    8601 Adelphi Road
    Room 2200
    College Park, MD 20740

    Application Deadline

    Applications may be submitted at any time. Positions are available throughout the year.

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    301-837-1872

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