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Exhibitions and Educational Outreach Internships

These internship are all based in the DC metro area. Check out  National Archives Internship Opportunities for other opportunities. 

 Exhibitions and Educational Outreach internships offer an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience for students interested in education, museum studies, public policy, U.S. History, political science or communications. Depending on the intern's work schedule, interests and skills, and the current needs of the departments, interns may be assigned a combination of responsibilities and activities. Please browse our available opportunities and apply to the one(s) that best suit your interests.

Outreach Internship ( Center for Legislative Archives)

Would you like to experience:

  • Writing lesson plans and curricular materials based on original House and Senate documents
  • Working on social media platforms like Tumblr and Twitter
  • Researching congressional history for online featured documents
  • Creating archival description of congressional records
  • Researching within the records of Congress to support outreach programs

Intern assignments on these project include: historical research, research on institutional changes and developments in government, policy research, writing research memos, creating educational materials, or creating charts, graphs and timelines.

Interested students at any educational level may apply for a public outreach internship. Applicants with strong writing skills and an interest in history, political science, legislative politics, public policy, education, public history or communication are welcome. For information on how to apply, please visit  How to apply for an internship with the Center for Legislative Archives.

Archival Internship ( Center for Legislative Archives)

Would you like experience:

  • Describing of archival records
  • Answering reference requests from researchers
  • Creating and digitizing of legacy finding aids

Archival interns often come to the Center to gain hands on experience during their graduate studies in Archives and Library Science programs. However, all students with an interest in this field are encourages to submit an application. For information on how to apply, please visit  How to apply for an internship with the Center for Legislative Archives.

Boeing Learning Center Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs)

Would you like to

  • teach children and adults in a museum?
  • create activities based on primary sources?
  • use social media to share historical documents?
  • help visitors understand our nation's past?

Boeing Learning Center interns help visitors of all ages become excited about history and engage them in document-based activities. The internship duties are varied and include:

  • assisting with Constitution-related workshops for students
  • leading visitors in hands-on history museum activities
  • helping develop family programming
  • conducting research to identify documents for educational materials and programs
  • working with DocsTeach, the National Archives' lesson-plan building website
  • supporting teacher workshop activities
  • writing blog posts
  • leading tours for special groups

Students majoring in history, education, political science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently.

View more information on the Boeing Learning Center.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications and/or Questions

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, Room G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

education@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and Spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Exhibits Internship (Office of Exhibits, Museums and Presidential Libraries) 

Would you like to experience

  • assisting in the development of history exhibitions?
  • researching archival holdings?
  • conducting museum evaluation?
  • using social media to share historical documents?

Exhibits interns support National Archives Museum exhibition development and planning at the National Archives. The internship duties are varied and can include:

  • assisting with primary and secondary historical research
  • helping develop and write exhibit content
  • supporting museum registrar activities
  • conducting museum evaluation and visitor research
  • supporting Exhibit Office activities
  • assisting with social media and writing blog posts

Students majoring in museum studies, history, American studies, political science, public history, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently.

View for more information on the National Archives Museum.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • 1-2 page writing sample
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications and/or Questions
Materials should be submitted to:
Corinne Porter
Exhibit Program
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001
corinne.porter@nara.gov
Application Deadline
Fall and Spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Social Media and Online Engagement Internship (Office of Exhibits)

The Exhibition Office's social media interns promote the exhibitions and displays at the National Archives Museum through its website and social media accounts. Interns will gain understanding of the exhibition development process and familiarity with the roles of team members. They will hone their writing and research skills and have opportunities to use their creativity. The internship duties are varied and include:

  • creating content for Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram
  • conducting research to identify records to feature on social media sites and on the web
  • photographing and video production of behind-the-scenes aspects of the exhibition development process
  • data collection related to online activity
Applicants majoring in history, American studies, public history, museum education, museum studies, or a related field are welcome to apply. Interns must be independent and energetic, personable, organized, and have strong writing and editing skills. Applicants who demonstrate creativity and a sense of humor are preferred

How to Apply

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications and/or Questions

Materials should be submitted to:

Alice Kamps
Exhibitions Office, G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001
alice.kamps@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

National History Day Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) 

Would you like experience applying your love of history and your teaching interests in to event planning and management in a professional museum setting?

The National Archives' Office of Education and Public Programs is looking for a motivated, organized, and personable student to assist with preparations for and the execution of the District of Columbia's National History Day competition. The National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

Internship duties can include:

  • Serving as a liaison between DC teachers and the National Archives
  • Coaching students with research and project development.
  • Organizing logistics for the two-day competition, held in the spring.
  • Supporting school-level National History Day competitions within the District of Columbia.
  • Publicizing the DC National History Day program through print and social media outlets.
  • Developing material for student and teacher workshops.

Students majoring in history, education, political science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently. National History Day alumni are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, Room G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

education@nara.gov

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Research Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) 

Support public outreach activities at the National Archives by conducting research for upcoming programs and education activities.

The Office of Education and Public Programs engages, educates, and inspires multiple audiences to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives. Research interns search for archival materials on topics determined by education office staff. They assess items for usefulness in education programs, digitize materials, record complete citations, and develop educational activities based on the records they find.

The internship duties also include:

  • working with DocsTeach, the National Archives' lesson-plan building website
  • supporting teacher workshop activities
  • writing blog posts
  • leading visitors in hands-on history museum activities

Students majoring in history, education, political science, archival science, information or library science, American studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must be able to work both independently and collaboratively, understand historical methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and have strong organizational skills.

For more information on the work of the Office of Education and Public Programs, visit our blog Education Updates.

How to Apply
Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications and/or Questions

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

education@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

Public Programming Internship (Office of Education and Public Programs) 

Would you like to experience

  • developing public programming such as panel discussions, author lectures, film and theater programs on topics of American history and civic literacy?
  • promoting and publicizing public programming through a variety of marketing and communications methods
  • researching potential programming topics and speakers?
  • meeting prominent authors, scholars and speakers while helping visitors understand our nation's past?

Public programs interns support National Archives Museum operations and help

  • develop and research public programs, topics and speakers
  • promote and publicize public programs through a variety of communications and marketing methods including online and print
  • assist with the operation of public programs
  • assist with social media and writing blog posts
  • assist with creating and editing promotional materials
Students majoring in museum studies, history, American studies, political science, public history, communications, or a related field are a good match for this internship. Interns must enjoy working with people, understand research and communications methods, have excellent interpersonal skills, have strong writing skills, and be able to work in teams and independently.

How to Apply
Please submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcript (does not need to be official)

Where to Send Applications and/or Questions

Materials should be submitted to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of Education and Public Programs, G-9
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20408-0001

education@nara.gov

Application Deadline

Fall and spring: deadline is rolling
Summer: applications received by March 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date are accepted if space is available

 

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