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Every year, the National Geographic Society provides a number of students with a paid opportunity to spend the summer exploring and learning with us. We offer a diverse range of dynamic internships that are designed to offer a well-rounded experience. Our goal is to provide engaging, educational, and work-related opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2022, the Society will partner with the Emerson Collective, George Washington University, and Smithsonian Institution to form the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative (ECYC). The ECYC is an experience, not just an internship. Together we seek to provide young leaders with meaningful and enriching internships, programming, and alumni engagement opportunities that will strengthen their understanding and commitment to social justice, community development, and leadership. We believe that we can leverage the work of each organization through learning and working alongside interns who are ready to lead.

In addition to their internship experience at the Society, interns will have the opportunity to participate in networking and extracurricular opportunities designed to foster peer and professional connections across all ECYC partner organizations. By joining ECYC, you commit to learning and engaging with fellow interns, leaders, mentors, and teams from all partner organizations. All internships are paid and offer both housing and travel stipends.

Note: All ECYC Organizations have a unique application process. You may apply to work with just one or all of the organizations listed. Please review each application to ensure that you are cognizant of their respective parameters and are committed to their scope of work. You can learn how to apply at the other ECYC organizations here.

The program

In addition to gaining extensive professional experience, our internship program seeks to inspire, educate and build lasting connections through regular events with some of the National Geographic Society's staff, Explorers, educators and storytellers. Throughout the program, you will receive support and guidance from a wide array of National Geographic staff as you explore what it is like to help us achieve our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.

Application period: January 17, 2022 - February 28, 2022
Start date: June 8, 2022
End date: August 3, 2022



We are looking for bold people who share our passion for exploration, storytelling, science, and education and who want to help spread our mission. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to explore our open positions.

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When completing the online application, please submit a resume and cover letter, uploaded as a single document file. (Please review our FAQs, below, prior to submitting your application.)

As a science-based organization, National Geographic Society follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials. To promote the health, safety, and well-being of all staff, all NGS employees must be fully vaccinated, including booster, against COVID-19 or request an exception for a qualifying medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief.

National Geographic is an equal opportunity employer. All employment-related decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, citizenship, marital status, or any other legally protected category.

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Hear from previous National Geographic Society interns in their own words. Click on the cards below to learn about their experiences in the program.