National Archives Public Outreach and Archival Interships

Provides part-time opportunity to assist the National Archives in updating the Center for Legislative Archives.

Electronic Records/Web Archiving Internship

The Center seeks an intern to assist the Electronic Records Specialists with its biennial Congressional web archive. At the conclusion of each Congress, the Center partners with the Internet Archive to create an archived version of U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives websites. At the conclusion of the 114th Congress in 2016, the Center completed its sixth capture of Congressional websites. The 114th Congress archiving tasks preserved over 152 million URLs (i.e. unique pages) totaling over 45 terabytes of uncompressed web data. The Congressional Web Archive holdings now total 33% of the Center’s electronic records holdings. Beginning with the 109th Congress, archived websites are now accessible online.

In addition to web archiving activities, the intern will gain experience ingesting congressional records for preservation in our Congressional Records Instance (CRI) of NARA's Electronic Records Archive (ERA) and assisting the Electronic Records Specialists in various other duties. 

Public Outreach Internships

Public outreach interns at the Center for Legislative Archives work on a variety of projects along with outreach staff that develop research and writing skills, expand students' understanding of history and government, and provide opportunities to explore a variety of career paths.

Deadline Information

Spring Work Term: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Summer Work Term: Friday, March 15, 2019

Fall Work Term: Monday, July 15, 2019


Archival interns receive training from the Center's archivists on a variety of projects, including:

  • Description of archival records
  • Reference requests from researchers
  • Creation and digitization of finding aids

Public outreach intern assignments could include:

  • Lesson plans and curricular materials based on original House and Senate documents
  • Research for posts on the Center's tumblr and other social media outlets
  • Research for online featured documents
  • Archival description of congressional records
  • General research in 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.

Eligibility Requirements

All Years

U.S. Citizen

Application Process

Interested candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Enrolled in a degree granting program at the time of internship

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (sent directly by your reference)
  • Unofficial college transcript
  • 10-15 page writing sample (for the public outreach internship only)

Internships at the National Archives are unpaid.


  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: March 15
  • Fall: July 15