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National Archives Communications Office Internships in Communications, Photo Services, and Video Production

Communications Internship 

Join a dynamic team and learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a government communications professional, from a front-row seat!  You will receive support and mentorship from seasoned public affairs staff, and have the opportunity to network with other staff at all levels.  

The National Archives Public and Media Communications team promotes National Archives programs, special events, and unmatched historical records. Interns are involved in all core activities of the press team.

Projects:

  • Write press releases, statements, and talking points for wide distribution
  • Field and direct media calls to NARA experts
  • “Pitch” stories to reporters about Archives programs, special events, and records
  • Create content for the National Archives social media sites and blogs
  • Help plan and staff press and public events
  • Shadow expert interviews on TV and radio

Skills:

Communications interns must:

  • Have passion, ambition, and a desire to put their communications skills into practice
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, through both writing and speaking, with the media and the public
  • Love American history and thrive in a fast-paced, exciting environment.

How to apply:

Students interested in a Communications internship must submit the following:

  • cover letter explaining your interest in the internship
  • resume
  • one letter of recommendation
  • college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • short writing sample

Deadlines:

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1   

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 students with coursework in communications, history, politics, journalism, writing or related fields that require strong research and writing skills.

Internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided. A security clearance is required. In order to obtain a security clearance, all selected candidates must pass a background check.  All applicants must email the required documentation no later than the posted deadline for each semester period to miriam.kleiman@nara.gov, with the subject line: “Communications internship.”

 

Photo Services Internship

The National Archives Photo Services Office provides a variety of services to the National Archives including photographic coverage of events for use in public relations, internal communications, and historical documentation. Digital asset management and access to digital photographs is also provided by the Photo Services Office. Student interns will assist the Photo Services Office by: organizing, renaming and captioning digital photos; organizing, identifying and captioning film negatives and photo prints; assisting photographers by collecting caption information at photo shoots and other photograph events; and providing general support.

 

How to apply:

Students interested in an internship with the National Archives Photo Services internship must submit the following:

 

  • cover letter explaining your interest in the internship
  • resume
  • one letter of recommendation
  • college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • short writing sample

Deadlines:

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: July 1

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 students currently enrolled in Photography or Information Science programs. 

Internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided. A security clearance is required. In order to obtain a security clearance, all selected candidates must pass a background check.  Only email applications will be considered. All applicants must email the required documentation no later than the posted deadline for each semester period to photographicservices@nara.gov, with the subject line: “Photo Services Internship.” 

 

 

Video Production Internship 

Are you a budding filmmaker with a passion for American history?  Then the National Archives wants YOU to join our fast-paced Communications team!   Gain hands-on experience by working with our in-house video producer to create digital video content for National Archives' web sites and social media accounts.

Projects:

  • On-location videography, video editing, logging footage, transcribing, compression and uploading, captioning, and more! 
  • Create content for videos highlighting National Archives' programs, exhibits, holdings, and staff
  • Develop digital video content for social media outreach via Facebook, YouTube and other platforms

Required skills/background:

  • Should be majoring in film, photography, and/or visual journalism 
  • Electronic media background and video-editing experience

How to apply:

Students interested in a Video Production internship must submit the following:

  • cover letter explaining your interest in the internship
  • resume
  • one letter of recommendation
  • college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • video demo reel or video samples via links (if available).   

Deadlines:

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1   

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 students with coursework in communications, history, politics, journalism, writing or related fields that require strong research and writing skills.

Internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided. A security clearance is required. In order to obtain a security clearance, all selected candidates must pass a background check.  All applicants must email the required documentation no later than the posted deadline for each semester period to miriam.kleiman@nara.gov, with the subject line: “Video Production Internship.”

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