Employment, Internships, & Volunteering

President Barack Obama walks on the Colonnade of the White House with Director of Scheduling and Advance Danielle Crutchfield, followed by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Anita Decker Breckenridge, June 20, 2014. (P062014PS-1004)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The Barack Obama Presidential Library is part of the Presidential Libraries System administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), an independent federal agency. Official job listings are posted on USA Jobs. See the links below for more information:


Internship Opportunities at the Barack Obama Presidential Library

The Barack Obama Presidential Library offers unpaid internships for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Our internships offer students a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience while cultivating a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.

In Fall 2018, internships will be available in the following areas:

  • Artifact Collections - Assisting artifact staff with a variety of collections work, including cataloging and inventorying the artifact collection. Primary projects are anticipated to be artifact research, cataloging, photography, and re-housing of objects, with additional possible special projects.

Requirements

Due to the sensitive nature of Presidential materials, all interns must be at least 16 years of age; a U.S. Citizen or holder of a permanent resident card/A1 or A2 Diplomatic Visa; successfully pass a background check; sign a confidentiality agreement; and be able to receive school credit from an accredited institution. 

To Apply

Complete the following documents:

  • Cover letter identifying the specific internship project or type of work you are interested in performing and your dates of availability
  • Volunteer Service Application
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306)
  • Resume 
  • Copy of your most recent student transcript
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or academic faculty member

To Submit

Mail your completed application packet to:

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Barack Obama Presidential Library
2500 W. Golf Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Note

Do not email or fax your Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306). For general inquiries, please email obama.library@nara.gov.