Does the National Geographic Society offer internships?
National Geographic magazine offers two paid photography internships each year. One internship is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year contest administered by the University of Missouri, Columbia.
The other internship is awarded based on a portfolio. To apply, send us a portfolio of recent work (no more than 30 images), a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a photography teacher or established photojournalist. We are interested in strong photojournalism and the ability to produce a visual narrative. We will also consider an aspiring studio photographer. Portfolios may be in the form of slides, prints, or clippings of any combination, in color and/or black and white. CDs should include thumbnails of the images. All portfolios must be postmarked no later than January 31. Send to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. You should expect to hear from us one way or the other by early March.
How can I be a photographer for National Geographic?
We are often asked by aspiring photojournalists for advice about entering this highly competitive field.
National Geographic photographers have college degrees in a variety of disciplines. Most did not major in photography, but all took photo courses. The most common majors have been journalism, anthropology, sociology or psychology, fine arts, and sciences. Our editors and photographers agree that it is important to complete a degree in a discipline other than photography. Freelancers usually come to us with at least five years of photojournalism experience or with specializations such as wildlife, underwater, nature, or aerial photography. We seek balance and an eclectic blend of interests, abilities, and photographic styles in the freelancers we hire.
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