About the National Archives

National Archives History Office Internship Program

The National Archives History Office preserves and promotes the understanding of the history of the National Archives. Student interns will support the History Office by developing content for the National Archives website, social media, and Pieces of History blog; assisting with the National Archives oral history program; and providing general support to the National Archives History Office. While this internship is 100% virtual, student interns must undergo a background investigation and visit one of the nationwide National Archives locations for credentialing.


Students interested in an internship with the National Archives History Office must submit the following:

  • cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, available dates, and hours
  • résumé
  • letter of recommendation
  • college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • short writing sample

Only email applications will be considered. Please email documents to the attention of the History Office Internship Program at archives.historian@nara.gov


We are accepting applications for summer 2023 internships between January 1, 2023 –​ February 1, 2023. All applications materials must be submitted between these dates to be considered for the internship. We will contact all applicants in February with a status update. 


All internship applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Applicants must also be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited College or University. Preference is given to scholars currently enrolled in graduate-level programs related to history, public history, or archival studies and upper-level undergraduate students majoring in history or related fields requiring strong research and writing skills.

Internships are unpaid and background investigation is required.