Job Overview


As a Student Intern, you will perform work on archival records, which may include reference service, arrangement, processing, description, preservation including specialized tasks related to electronic records.

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Who May Apply: Student Program Eligibles 

Student Intern Program:  This position is being filled under the new Pathways – Internship Program which provide opportunities for high school, vocational and technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to be exposed to the work of the Federal government.

Student Definition:  Students must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc,) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which you are enrolled) throughout the duration of the appointment, including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842.

Position Duration/Expectation:  Positions will be temporary not-to-exceed 1 year.  May be extended in up to 1 year increments based on continued need/funds for the position and the student's continued compliance in the Intern Program.  Completion of this Internship will not lead to permanent or term employment with NARA.



As a Student Trainee (Archival Science) you are responsible for:

 - Performing reference service in response to oral and written inquiries relating to assigned area that usually requires experience in electronic records. Some of the functions will be completed through the use of automated business process tools, or analysis and selection of new tools and methods to accomplish related tasks.

 - Learning about the mission and role of the National Archives, and keeping abreast of all new NARA regulations on the security and physical protection of archival materials, including electronic records, and their use by researchers.

- Performing detailed arrangement and other processing tasks. Identifying records with the originating agency, organization, or individual involved, and arranging according to the original record keeping systems; developing automated means through selection, development, or use of computerized tools to accomplish these tasks.

- Occasionally supervising or assisting interns who are working to create or debug computer applications to accomplish electronic reference or processing tasks.

- Working to create or modify documentation about applications or automated methods that help to accomplish electronic records reference or processing tasks.

- Providing technical assistance to section employees. Providing training to, or conducting quality checks of work performed. May provide oversight to other employees in the processing or description of electronic records, particularly in the use of automated tools to perform these tasks. Helping to assure the timely and accurate accomplishment of records projects. Assuring that proper procedures are followed and submits necessary documents and reports for review and approval.