Every January, we celebrate MLK Day of Service. Ever wonder what a career in public service involves? Maybe you are considering a life in local, state, or national government. Perhaps you want to be a politician, police officer, executive director for a nonprofit, or maybe just love history and consider teaching political science someday. Whatever your ambitions are, see how the occupants of the top job climbed their way to the pinnacle of politics. Serve your community by volunteering to preserve presidential history.
In this post, we feature six volunteer internships at presidential libraries around the country. Explore the iconic careers of past presidents: George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Lydon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. These are ideal, long-term roles for students who are considering college majors or careers in public service. Click each president’s name to learn how to apply and special requirements.
Located in Dallas, TX, the George W. Bush Foundation offers teens as young as 16 unpaid internships. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students can learn and contribute in a variety of areas, including Audio/Visual, Museum Collections, and Exhibits, Textual Archives and Records Digitization, and Student Lecture Series Research. 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.
The student internship program at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a unique educational experience for students of varied backgrounds and interests. The presidential library has opportunities for Atlanta, GA, students in a variety of disciplines, including library science, archival management, and political science. The goal is to provide high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience that will be beneficial to both students and the library.
The LBJ Foundation in Austin, TX is seeking student volunteers who have the can-do spirit that President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson encouraged in all people. The Presidential Library depends on college students’ valuable time and talents to welcome visitors, school groups, and researchers, as well as work behind the scenes on various projects. There are various volunteer opportunities where you can be an essential part in helping educate the public about LBJ’s incredible contribution to American history.
Boston, MA, college and graduate school students can volunteer as docents at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. It is the perfect learning environment and training ground for public-policy or political science majors. Interns will guide visitors of all ages, including families, students, and adults to learn about John F. Kennedy’s political milestones. The volunteer internship is a versatile role in which you will conduct museum highlights programs, lead programs for school groups, and engage visitors in hands-on museum activities.
There are several ways students can get involved at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Based in Yorba Linda, CA, it’s a unique property that features President Nixon’s childhood home and legacy. Volunteers play a vital role in maintaining the library and furthering our mission. The library relies on talented and energetic volunteers in three departments: The Museum, Education Department, and The Archive.
Join the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, CA and be a vital part of the history and the legacy of Ronald Reagan! Internship applications are accepted year-round. Volunteers work under the Director of Education. It is an excellent opportunity for future history teachers, politicians, or individuals interested in public service careers. Plus, you will learn how to work in a professional environment and learn skills for future jobs.