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National Geographic Society 2014 Geography Intern Program

When: August 19 - October 11, 2013

Where: Washington, DC




The National Geographic Society is now accepting applications for its 2014 Geography Intern Program for university and college juniors, seniors, and master’s students majoring in geography or cartography.

The program is designed to furnish qualified students an opportunity to apply knowledge and techniques they have learned in the classroom to publication procedures at the National Geographic Society. Each intern is assigned to a division of National Geographic. His or her tasks range from editorial research and writing to cartography: heavy emphasis is placed on research. NGS is offering a limited number of 14- to 15-week internships for the spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

Interns will work at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC, and will be paid $450 per week for a 40-hour workweek, plus a travel allowance to help defray travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their lodging in the Washington, DC, area, including meals and other living expenses.

HOW TO APPLY: Students (including those who have applied before) must submit their information through an online application at Please select “Geography Intern” posting to apply. In addition to the online application, students must furnish all of the following materials:

1. 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;

2. A complete résumé that includes each of the following: the applicant’s extracurricular activities, awards and recognitions; employment history; special interests, hobbies, and travel; and a list of specific skills in cartography if interested in being considered for an internship in the Maps Division;

3. Up-to-date official college transcripts, including undergraduate course work if applying as a master’s degree student;

4. Three letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s department chair or academic advisor and two from geography faculty members with whom the applicant has been associated);

5. A cover letter that clearly states the semesters (Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014) that the applicant is available and the applicant’s first choice of semesters.

All these materials must be enclosed in one envelope (including the sealed confidential recommendation letters and transcripts) to:

Robert E. Dulli, Director
Geography Intern Program
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications, both online and mailed, must be received by October 11, 2013. An applicant will not be considered if all required materials are not received at this time.

NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION: Applicants selected for the three sessions in 2014 will be notified by December 13, 2013.

CREDIT FOR INTERNSHIP: Where appropriate, credit for the internship may be possible through an arrangement with the intern’s academic institution and National Geographic.