Paid Internship – National Geographic Society Library – Washington, DC

Are you looking for a great place to complete a graduate field study or internship? Consider the National Geographic Society Library, 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. This is a paid internship.


Online applications only (do not reply to this announcement). Please remember to include a cover letter.



The summer internship at the National Geographic Library offers a variety of professional and project experience in a special library environment. The library intern will work closely with staff librarians and gain experience in reference, collection management, and information literacy instruction.


  1. Learn to update and develop research guides designed to increase the efficiency of National Geographic business and editorial research. (20%)
  2. Under the supervision of reference staff, practice basic reference skills and learn about policies, procedures, and services. (20%)
  3. Work with the collection manager to shelf-read and shift selected areas of the collection, including books and maps. (20%)
  4. Learn to provide basic cataloging of selected materials in our Library management system. (20%)
  5. Create your own project based on your experience, talents and interests. For example, designing an instructional video, developing a class, building an online resource, etc.  (20%)


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 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 and provides Society staff and partners with reference and research services.

Minimum Education Required

At least one semester completed in an accredited Masters program in Library or Information Science, or recent MLS graduate.

Additional Knowledge and Skills Required

Some work experience in a Library environment a plus, but not required. Computer use including Word, FileMaker Pro, and Excel.

Knowledge of LibGuides, Polaris, and MARC cataloging a plus.

Ability to work on a variety of tasks, as assigned.

Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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