Spring, Summer, and Fall Internships

National Geographic Society Geography Intern Program


Geography and cartography majors at United States colleges and universities who are currently enrolled in their junior or senior year or in a master's degree program.

Purpose of Program

To give students a professional learning experience through participation in various projects aimed at the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Interns are given the opportunity to apply knowledge and classroom techniques to practical publication procedures or other geographic outreach projects..

Intern Responsibility

Interns may be assigned to work in one of the many divisions within the National Geographic Society such as education, one of the magazines, books, television, or maps. Assignments may also include work on an increasing number of geographic outreach projects.

National Geographic Society Geography Intern Program

Program Details

Period of Internships (14 or 15 Weeks)

Spring: January 21 through April 25, 2014
Summer: May 19 through August 22, 2014
Fall: September 8 through December 19, 2014


Interns will work at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Interns will be paid $450 per week for a 40-hour workweek, plus a travel allowance to help defray expenses in traveling to Washington, D.C.


Interns are responsible for their lodging in the Washington, D.C., area, including meals and other living expenses.

Credit for Internship

Where appropriate, credit for the internship may be possible through an arrangement with the intern's academic institution and National Geographic.

National Geographic Society Geography Intern Program

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.