Summer & Fall Internships — National Geographic Society — Washington, DC


Are you looking for a great place to complete a graduate field study or internship? Consider the National Geographic Society, where you can gain valuable work experience, see how a small, non-profit special library operates, and get a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most respected and recognized organizations.

The NG Library & Archives seeks graduate students for part time field study or internships in the Society’s Washington, D.C. headquarters (near Farragut North Metro) for Summer and Fall 2013. Applicants are required to show that they will receive academic credit for their work, and positions are unpaid. The student(s) will work collaboratively with NG Library staff on two or more of the following project areas:

  • Create video tutorials on library training
  • Research and evaluate print and electronic resources
  • Develop finding aids and research guides
  • Digitize selected archival materials and write topical summaries
  • Create marketing materials and programming for library outreach

These projects are designed to provide real-world experience in a special library setting. Dates, working hours, and the exact nature of the work can be tailored to suit your availability and interests.


The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Founded in 1888, its interests include geography, wildlife, history, archaeology, natural science, conservation, and exploration. Read more about National Geographic at

The NG Library & Archives serves the staff at National Geographic, including magazines, books, maps, TV/film, images, digital media, geographic education, exhibits and events, travel, research & exploration, and much more. The library maintains book, periodical, map, and electronic resource collections; provides Society staff and partners with reference and research services; produces competitive research, news and trends tracking; manages the Society’s archives and records; and produces comprehensive indexing to Society-published content.


At least one semester of experience in an ALA-accredited library science (or related) program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to write and communicate effectively
  • Enthusiasm and an interest in the Society’s mission, products, and events
  • Familiarity with HTML, MARC cataloging, Camtasia, or LibGuides

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your experience and interests to Michael Fry at