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 assist the History Office by performing primary source research at the National Archives in Washington, DC and College Park, MD; developing content for the National Archives website and social media; assisting with the National Archives oral history program; and providing general support to the National Archives History Office.

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
  • one letter of recommendation
  • college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • short writing sample


  • We are not accepting applications for in-person internships and are looking into virtual internship options for 2023. Check back for more information. 

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 housing is not provided. A background investigation is required. 

All applicants must provide the National Archives History Office with all required documentation no later than the posted deadline.

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