US National Archives and Records Administration

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    Cool to have historical documents at your fingertips, chill energy, nice people.

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    Former Employee - Student Archives Technician in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Student Archives Technician in College Park, MD

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern (less than an year)

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    I was a student intern and I noted that experiences there lend well to various majors (history, library and information sciences, communications). I might have been lucky that I was placed in a good department within he agency. I worked with some great archivists in records processing who cared about improving our career development and education. They worked with my college schedule and I could change my hours easily if I needed more time off for finals or the holidays. Even students get recognition for the hand they lend to a project. I was pretty surprised to get an award. Students can get performance evaluation bonuses too. I was sincerely happy to be at work where everyone feels like their job is important. I loved being a part of history and researching for my own college papers with the available primary sources. The College Park location is a very relaxed environment.

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    If you are a student, no employee benefits. Bureaucracy is rampant, but it is a federal agency so I couldn't stay mad at that. The commute was difficult for me; I lived 15 miles away but it still took me over an hour to drive to College Park. The way back sometimes doubled. I tried public transportation once and it took 3 hours to get to work. Also, be prepared for the job agreement to end upon graduating. Typically, openings for full time employees are scarce and competitive. By the time an opening I qualified for did appear I had been unemployed for 5 months and just started at another job.

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    Don't be afraid to gradually give the interns more responsibility and varied experiences outside of their section. Push them to attend the career development sessions offered monthly. It really benefited me and my peers but I noticed other sections in the agency never let their interns out for these opportunities.

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at US National Archives and Records Administration in June 2014.

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    Had a pleasant interview, but was rejected in short order. I had a 10 point hiring preference, but they didn't seem to consider it. Seemed to be a lock for the job until the end.

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Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large), Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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Website www.archives.gov
Headquarters College Park, MD
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1934
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) keeps 3% of all materials created in the course of conducting US federal government business important enough to preserve. A federal agency, NARA preserves, maintains, and provides access to documents that record important events in US history. To protect archives (including letters, memos, reports, and photographs documenting citizens' rights, federal officials' actions, and national experiences), NARA stores them in acid-free folders and boxes in dark spaces with consistent temperature and humidity. Some 95% of them... More

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