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National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) 

Historical Records Grants Intern

Internship Description

Created in 1934, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources-- created in every medium and ranging from quill pen to computer--relating to the history of the United States.

The NHPRC is a 15-member body that is chaired by the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS). It is comprised of representatives of the three branches of the Federal Government, as well as representatives of professional associations of archivists, historians, documentary editors, and records administrators.

The NHPRC is supported by an administrative staff at the National Archives building (Archives I) located in downtown Washington, DC. The NHPRC staff implements the Commission's policies and recommendations, advises the Commission on grant proposals, and provides advice and assistance to potential grant applicants and existing grantees.

The Historical Records Grant Internship will assist the administrative staff in managing several of the grant programs, such as the "Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives" program and "Access to Historica Records: Archival Projects" program. Over the last 50 years, the NHPRC has allocated funding provided by Congress to grant activities in every state and territory in order for the American people to discover and use records that increase understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

More than one intern may be selected, as may be needed by the grant programs. If no intern is selected following the initial deadline, the internship will remain open. Interested students may inquire at any time following the publication of this announcement.


This unpaid internship is for currently enrolled college and university undergraduate or graduate students that are in good standing with their academic institution and have a demonstrable interest in the types of activities supported by the work of the NHPRC and the National Archives. All internship applicants must be at least 16 years old and a citizen or national (for some American territories) of the United States. Any student that is accepted as an intern will undergo a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) to determine suitability for a Federal Identity Card. Anyone under the age of 18, if conditionally accepted as an intern, must provide written parental permission to participate.

Anyone accepted for the internship program will be required to execute an Internship Agreement form. The Internship Agreement must be signed by an official of the student's current college or university of record.

The Application Process

To be considered, applicants must submit a resume that includes:

  • full name
  • current telephone
  • email
  • address

As well as a description of the person's education and all relevent experience that relates to the position.  Applicants may submit a cover letter.  A transcript or other proof of the applican't level of education, such as a letter from an accredited college or university, may be required later of those candidates to be considered.  Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline has passed may be ineligible for consideration.

Application deadlines for all internships are as follows:

  • August 15, 2018

Internship applicants may contact either Director of Technology Initiatives Ms. Nancy Melley (phone number 202-357-5452 and email or Deputy Executive Director Ms. Lucy Barber (phone number 202-357-5306 and email 

Applications are to be submitted by email.  Questions about the internship may be asked by either telephone or email.