Does National Geographic offer internships?

We appreciate your interest in National Geographic.  Each year we offer a limited number of college students the opportunity to become involved in our activities. Our programs are highly competitive and target students with skills and determination in fields pertinent to our work. By definition, an intern is a student on a work assignment, and, therefore, students must be United States citizens or be legally entitled to work in the United States. All internship positions are located at our headquarters in Washington, DC. 

National Geographic magazine offers one photography internship each year. The photography internship is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) contest administered by the University of Missouri, Columbia. 

National Geographic also provides one internship in journalism for college students chosen from a pool of applicants selected by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).  These students must have completed their junior year. Announcements about the program should be available at college English or journalism departments. ASME's deadline for applications is normally in mid-November.  Information is also available on the American Society of Magazine Editors website:

For information about internships with National Geographic Partners or the National Geographic Channel US, please visit

A variety of other internships with the National Geographic Society are also posted on our jobs page: These include positions in our various departments throughout National Geographic.   Listings change frequently, so we encourage you to check the jobs page often. 

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