Summer Internship: 2016 National Geographic Internship Program, USA

geographyDeadline: Ongoing

Internship Period:  12-week internships.

Location: Washington D.C.,USA

The National Geographic Society has rolled out a summer Internship training Program. This program has been ongoing and was set up since 1981 to prepare suitably qualified individuals with  professional learning experience and skills. That said, more than 800 university and college juniors, seniors, and master’s students majoring in geography or cartography over the past 30 years have participated in the program by interning on various projects aimed at the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.

The program will give selected  students the opportunity to conceptualize and apply knowledge based on important techniques learned in the classroom to practical publication procedures or other geographic outreach projects at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. In a given year, the Society offers a limited number of 12-week internships.


The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Only geography, cartography or GIS majors in good academic standing should apply
  • Only U.S. residents are eligible to apply
  • juniors, senior, or masters students at the time of application (you may be graduated by the time you actually start work)

Value of Internship

The geography internship program has the following rewards::

  • Accepted scholars will receive real-world work experience in one of the many National Geographic Society divisions
  • Scholars will work closely with one or more professionals during the period.
  • Scholars will experiencie National Geographic events, performances, and exhibits
  • Scholars will meet National Geographic explorers, fellows, and photographers
  • Scholars will participate in career-oriented professional development offered on campus
  • Scholars will learn and work with other geography majors
  • Scholars will contribute to world-class programs, projects, and publications

How to apply

Please note that the method of application is online

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following with the online form.

             *A cover letter (200 words or less, please address to “To Whom it May Concern”);

  • A complete résumé that includes each of the following: the applicant’s extracurricular activities, awards and recognitions;  employment history; a list of specific skills such as software or language proficiency; and other relevant information such as special interests, hobbies, and travel.
  • A short essay (500 words or less) relating experiences that led the applicant to formal training in geography, stating his or her professional goals, and explaining why she or he wishes to participate in the National Geographic Geography Intern Program;
  • Up-to-date unofficial college transcripts.

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