Internship: Office of Federal/State Partnership

The Office of Federal/State Partnership is the liaison between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nonprofit network of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Each council is governed by a volunteer board of directors and staffed by humanities professionals. Federal/State Partnership encourages councils to produce and support splendid humanities programming and serve as models of excellent nonprofit management.


We are looking for interns with a passion for the humanities and strong writing, communications, and organizational skills. Interns must be self-directed, able to complete tasks in a timely manner, and pay close attention to detail. Potential projects include research on public humanities topics, writing for our website and e-newsletter, and digital records management.

Current graduate students in public history, library science/information management, museum studies, and other humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted in July/August (for the fall semester), November/December (for the spring semester), and April/May (for the summer). We are looking for a commitment of 15-30 hours per week, Mondays-Fridays for six to twelve weeks. Scheduling is flexible.

To Apply

Please send a resume, short writing sample, and cover letter to Meg Ferris McReynolds, or by mail to:

Federal/State Partnership
National Endowment for the Humanities 400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8254 (voice)
202-606-8365 (fax)

We encourage candidates to submit one of the following types of writing samples: blog post, news article, newsletter, short narrative writing piece, expository writing, or a short essay on a humanities topic. Samples should be no longer than three pages in length. Please indicate if you are seeking an internship for academic credit.

If you have any questions, please call the NEH Office of Human Resources, Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 202 606-8415. We look forward to h earing from you.

Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

NEH makes significant awards across all its grant programs to support study and preservation of Native American languages, history, and culture.  This summer, we have a special internship opportunity:

NEH Data and information Management – NEH ( makes awards through a range of grant programs to museums, libraries, and archives across the U.S.  Eligible institutions include non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and native American tribes and tribal colleges, among others.  NEH’s grant management database contains records for all grants awarded by NEH in its 52 year history.  For Summer 2018 (exact time period and days/hours/week negotiable), NEH seeks an intern to identify projects in our database that are administered by a Native American entity, or that serve a Native American audience, and tag them with appropriate labels.  The intern will assist NEH staff in developing a data management manual (data definitions) for the agency’s long-term use and will contribute to improved data management practices.  The end product will help NEH track its awards to Native American entities, and improve our reach to Native American audiences in general.  The intern will have the opportunity to work with a passionate and committed professional staff who bring specializations in humanities topics such as history, world music, anthropology, languages, literature, as well as library, archives, and museum expertise.  The ideal candidate should have a B.A. in the humanities or social sciences, or be working towards a B.A., have a strong interest in public affairs, be a team-player and bring an understanding of information management principles.  To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of two references, one of which should be a current supervisor or professor, to the following address by May 4, 2018.

Please allow at least four to six weeks prior to the date you wish to intern to allow proper consideration of your application.

If you have any questions, please call the NEH Office of Human Resources Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 202 606-8415. We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a year-round internship program.