Jobs, Internships & Volunteering Opportunities

College Park, MD Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at Archives II in College Park, Maryland work behind the scenes with historically valuable records of the federal government. Opportunities for volunteering are available Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Volunteer activities include:

Archival Projects (digitization, processing, reference)
Prepare records for scanning using NARA standards for basic preservation and holdings maintenance. Scan records and create metadata using NARA standards. Write descriptions. Transcribe photo captions and finding aids. Prepare finding aids.

Education Projects
Conduct research to develop content for educational materials. Assist with workshops and webinars. Write blog posts to draw attention to NARA primary sources. Create classroom activities for DocsTeach.

Public Programs
Docents provide individual or group learning experiences through behind-the-scenes tours to give visitors a better understanding of NARA’s mission as well as the operations at Archives II. Docents are expected to also assist with other projects.

Program Support
Volunteers with special skills or expertise are welcome to help out in various other ways, including office support/administration.

To apply:

Download and complete the Volunteer Application. Either e-mail, fax, or mail it to the Volunteer Program staff. To complete the application, you will need to download the free Adobe Reader.

Volunteer Program Coordinator
The National Archives at College Park

8610 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: (301) 837-3002
Fax: (301) 837-3603

How to Download and Complete the Volunteer Application Form

  1. Save the Form to Your Computer:

    Do one of the following in the Apply section:
    • Use your mouse to right click the form link then select "Save Target/Link As..." from the menu that appears.
    • Open the form and save the form to your computer by selecting File / Save As.
    Note the filename and where you saved the file.
  2. Open the File on Your Computer:
    Locate the file on your computer and open the file using Adobe Reader.
  3. Fill Out the Form:
    Enter the appropriate data in each box or field. To move from one field to the next, press the Tab key. You can also use your cursor to move from field to field. Place your cursor in the field you want to fill in, then left-click. Some fields limit the maximum number of characters you can enter and may automatically advance to the next field. Save the Filled Out Form.
  4. Submit the Form:
    Use the Contact Information to either:
    • Attach the file to an e-mail
    • Print the form and fax it
    • Mail the form

If you have questions, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator.