Jobs, Internships & Volunteering Opportunities

About our Internships

We're pleased that you're considering an internship with us. Read about our current internships opportunities.

What is an Internship and Are You Eligible?

A voluntary internship is an occupational experience designed to complement your formal academic training. Although internships at the National Archives are un-paid, they can be completed for academic credit depending upon your school's policy.

In order to be eligible, you must be:

  1. a U.S. Citizen
  2. must be 16 years of age
  3. currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institute
  4. in good academic standing and your qualifications and interests should match the requirements of the internship project

You will also be required to complete a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) background check.

What We Offer and Why Intern With Us?

The National Archives invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit your application for our voluntary internship program. While the program is available regardless of your major, our internships offer exceptional opportunities if you're studying:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Library & Information Science

There are also specific internship listings that may appeal to you if you are interested in:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Law
  • Information Technology


How to Apply

Application procedures may vary depending upon your area of interest. Please read each opportunity carefully to ensure that you are submitting all required documents and are meeting any specified deadlines.


What Is NARA And What Do We Do Here?

NARA is a Federal government agency, created in 1934 to assist the three branches of Government with the cataloging and storage of documents. Today, NARA is much more:

  1. operates a nationwide network of regional facilities at which staff accession, arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to essential documentation
  2. is a leading voice in setting standards for archives around the world
  3. manages the national museum and library of every US president from Hoover to the present
  4. is a world leader in electronic records management and preservation
  5. prepares the Federal Register
  6. assists the Information Security Oversight Office in its management of Federal classification and declassification policies
  7. assists the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in its grants program
  8. administers the Electoral College

NARA is continually looking for students just like you who can help us successfully "preserve the past to protect the future." Find out what exciting piece of history you can help with today.

Contact Us

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

Telephone:   (301) 837-0449

If you are interested in internships outside the Washington, DC, area, please view opportunities at: