Join our energetic and passionate team at the National Archives Foundation!

As the independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the support of exhibitions, educational initiatives and public programs, your work with the Foundation will contribute to our mission to educate, enrich, and inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage through the records held in trust by the National Archives.

For 25 years, the Foundation’s support has made possible the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC and national efforts, which include: the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its “Records of Rights” exhibition, the “Public Vaults” exhibition, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, the William G. McGowan Theater, Boeing Learning Center, the DocsTeach website, as well as regional and national advertising and marketing campaigns.

The Foundation offers opportunities for employment and internships with a competitive benefits package. Job postings are updated regularly. We welcome applications and inquiries.

Open positions:

Interested in an internship? We are always looking for candidates for communications, development, and special events interns. Send your resume and a cover letter to to be considered on a rolling basis. No calls.

Part-Time Sales Associate

The National Archives Store seeks part-time Sales Associates for our busy Spring and Summer season. Job duties will include assisting visitors in the store, answering questions about our exhibits and the National Archives, processing cash and credit card transactions at the registers, restocking merchandise, and assisting shop management with various projects and evening events.

We are looking for individuals who are able to work 24-30 hours a week. Working weekends and holidays is a requirement. Ideal candidates should have exceptional customer service skills, be familiar with the Washington, DC area and its tourist attractions, and possess an attention to detail.

The National Archives receives more than one million visitors a year to view the foundations of our nation’s history-the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights-on permanent display year round. The National Archives Store is located in the National Archives building on Pennsylvania Avenue and is convenient to several Metro stations and multiple bus routes.

How to Apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and past work or academic references to:

Angela Catigano, Director of Retail and eCommerce
National Archives Foundation

References will not be contacted until candidate is a finalist. EOE. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No calls.

Student internship opportunity: The Seas of Knowledge data recovery project at the National Archives Innovation Hub

Nearly everything we know about the world ocean prior to the satellite era can be linked to a single document type: the ship’s logbook. Related primary documents, including muster rolls, field note books, photographs and artwork, often depend on this link for context and interpretation. The Seas of Knowledge project is focused on historical data recovery from the logbooks and muster rolls of U.S. naval vessels during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, located at the National Archives. In addition to creating high-resolution digital analogs of unique historical documents of national significance, we recover geospatial reference, weather and ocean data, and other historical information through Old Weather, our citizen-science program. Images and data will be integrated into existing national and international data infrastructure. Large-scale manuscript-to-digital data conversion has great potential to foster new scientific and historical understanding and provides enhanced access to our shared maritime and cultural heritage. See:

Since 2011, data recovery and reanalysis has been pursued though a collaboration between the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Archives Foundation, and other collaborating institutions. The National Archives Foundation supports the education and outreach aims of the National Archives to make federal records accessible so that anyone can explore, discover, and learn from historical documents that have been preserved for generations. It supports the earth systems research community by providing fundamental data that are not otherwise available to science and will lead to deeper understanding of the physics of the atmosphere and ocean. It will also foster new research in history and social sciences by making information globally available as digital analogs and in machine-readable formats necessary for advanced computer analysis. Working together these institutions create opportunities for new scholarship in science and the humanities.

Student-interns are trained to operate high-resolution digital imaging equipment located in the National Archives Innovation Hub. They learn about archives operations, document handling and preservation, metadata creation, and the technical details underlying the digitization of cultural heritage materials. Student-interns may also assist in education and outreach activities led by the National Archives Foundation, including the creation of educational content for the National Archives DOCSTeach program, and other activities that may take place in the Innovations Center such as public scan-a-thons, for example. The educational opportunity of this internship is exceptional for students interested in gaining experience and training in the fields of cultural heritage digitization, digital innovation and crowdsourcing, and public outreach. Student interns are provided a monthly stipend of $1,260 and must be U.S. Citizens or Residents.

Seas of Knowledge is supported by a grant to the University of Washington from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kevin Wood ( for an application.

NCAR Summer Internship

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is offering a summer internship in Parallel Computational Science: Building a Historical Data Image Archive to Support Climate Research and Retrospective Research of Hand-Written Documents.

If you know of a talented iSchool student (or program administrator that does) that is interested in the intersection between digital archives and high performance computing this is an outstanding opportunity.

This project is beginning the systems development necessary to support bulk automated data extraction from handwritten (and other format) digital heritage documents (aka all the logbooks we have imaged through our partnership, and any other similar items that may be available in the catalog). And for other purposes of mutual interest.

Learn about this opportunity here.

Membership and Development Operations Coordinator

Join the National Archives Foundation during an exciting time as we embark on a multi-year campaign and grow our national membership base. The Membership and Development Operations Coordinator will play a crucial role in supporting development operations of the Foundation and be integral in the strategy and implementation of multiple membership campaigns and initiatives.

Scope and Responsibilities

The position will support the Membership and Individual Giving Manager and the entire development team on a wide variety of tasks to help facilitate the Foundation’s fundraising strategies. These tasks include:

  • Data management using the Raiser’s Edge database to ensure accurate, consistent and useful data and reports (prior experience with Raiser’s Edge highly preferred)
  • Financial tracking and reconciliation, serving as a key liaison between the development and finance department
  • Work with the finance team to coordinate non-profit state filing requirements
  • Conducting research on current and prospective supporters and assisting with preparation of briefing books
  • Assisting with tours and special events (ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours preferred)
  • Customer service to current and prospective members ensuring a high level of satisfaction, including answering questions via phone, email, and in-person
  • Drafting content for membership communications
  • Compiling materials and benefit fulfillment packages including gift acknowledgments and renewals
  • Assisting with membership campaigns including acquisition and renewal strategies
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills. An interest in non-profit fundraising and a passion for American history, civic engagement, and/or museums is highly desirable.

Email resume, cover letter, and past work or academic references to: