National Archives and Records AdministrationNational Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access... Read more
The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. We support democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience.
The National Archives offers volunteers opportunities to work with the public and behind the scenes to ensure access to and appreciation for the documents of the federal government.
Volunteering with the Special Events team at the National Archives was an amazing experience. The summer of 2012, right before my junior year of high school, I applied for this volunteer position at the National Archives and Records Administration. The description explained that the volunteer would be a part of the Special Events team, and would partake in events and meetings hosted at the National Archives. I was accepted to the position and after a 16-hour training period, I started to participate in large scale events such as the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation, the Cherry Blossom festival, and the Japanese American Citizens League annual celebration, as well as volunteered at more intimate conferences and receptions. exposed me to the hospitality field, and taught me how to interact with clients on a professional, yet personal level. As a Special Events team member I learned about, and experienced, the planning stages of several events, and the brainstorming of menus, color