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National Geographic Cartographic Intern, Summer 2024

About the Role & Program

Cartographers play a pivotal role within the storytelling framework at National Geographic! Maps serve as vital tools in conveying location and visualizing concepts and data that may be challenging to articulate through prose or photographs alone. This responsibility entails delving into a subject, identifying aspects that benefit from spatial representation, and engaging in an iterative process to ensure clarity for a general audience. These tasks span various media formats, including feature articles in National Geographic Magazine, digital releases, and interactive presentations.


This internship focuses on honing journalistic skills to locate the most up-to-date spatial data, craft pertinent maps to enhance and bolster narratives, and collaborate with subject matter experts to meticulously verify all information.


What You Will Do

  • Create content for NGM and NGH, learning how custom cartography is created for a journalistic publication.
  • Participate in all group meetings and content critiques, will be expected to complete assigned mapping on time
  • Work on mining databases and GIS resources to analyze and map story data.
  • By working with staff who do this on a regular bases, you will gain experience using GIS in a working environment
  • Learn how a multidisciplinary story team constructs a project to be published on multiple platforms.
  • You will be attached to one or more story teams assisting a staff cartographer.
  • Work on short form content for the digital platforms providing mapping support to scheduled digital stories.
  • By attending the daily digital meeting and working with the Manager, Digital Cartography, the intern will participate in story ideation and execution.


Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Analytical and organized
  • Ability to handle and prioritize simultaneous projects and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with the ability to work with minimal direction and exercise independent judgment
  • Proficient in the use Adobe Creative Suite; Avenza Mapublisher; QGIS or other GIS software
  • Adept at learning new software
  • Curiosity about National Geographic and its core subjects
  • Interest and knowledge of Geography


Preferred Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in History, Statistics or Anthropology



To be eligible for this internship you must be a junior, senior or a recent graduate (within 6 months of your graduation date) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, History, Statistics or a related field.


Eligibility Requirements & Program Information

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and possess unrestricted work authorization
  • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
  • Must be able to have a consistent, reliable work schedule throughout the session
  • Must be able to work on-site in Washington, DC and provide your own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship
  • Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are May 2024 – August 2024. Candidate must be available to work 40 hours/week in Eastern Standard time for the duration of the internship