National Geographic Society Careers

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The National Geographic Society offers a wide range of career opportunities in the fields of photojournalism, business and marketing, magazine publishing, website management, and others. The company lists its current job openings on its website, and allows individuals to submit an online application for almost any position.

Company Information

The National Geographic Society is headquartered in Washington, DC, and its mission is to raise awareness about protecting the Earth's natural resources. National Geographic is the world's largest non-profit scientific and education institution, and offers career opportunities for college students, recent graduates and experienced professionals in a variety of fields and divisions. Some positions require several years of experience in a highly specialised field, while others are entry-level positions that recent college graduates may be eligible for.

Career Paths

Career paths within the National Geographic Society exist in a variety of departments and divisions including: Advertising, Customer Service, the Genographic Project, the National Geographic television channel, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Maps, Traveler Magazine, Adventure Magazine and The company also hires freelancers and individuals on a short-term or contract basis.


If you are interested in a photography career with the National Geographic Society, you will need to have a college degree in journalism, anthropology, sociology, fine arts, science or a related field.

If you are interested in an editorial staff position with one of National Geographic's publications, you will need to have a strong background in journalism, the sciences and English, and a proven record of success.

Individuals interested in working with maps and creating educational materials can apply for a position within the editorial or cartography departments.

Paid and unpaid internships are available to a limited number of students every year.

Education and skill requirements vary significantly for full-time and part-time jobs in other departments and divisions.


The National Geographic Society does hire freelancers for certain photography assignments. Freelance photographers must have at least five years of photojournalism experience with advanced skills in the areas of aerial, underwater, nature or wildlife photography.

In addition to the corporate positions available with the National Geographic Society, you can apply for a position as an Explorer-in-Residence or apply for the Emerging Explorers program. The Explorers-in-Residence program is designed for the world's leading scientists and explorers who want to carry out fieldwork in their area of study with National Geographic. The Emerging Explorers program is designed for uniquely gifted and talented individuals in the areas of photography, storytelling and scientific discovery.

Company Benefits

According to the National Geographic career website, employees are eligible to receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and leave time, a 401(k), a pension plan, health and dental insurance, tuition assistance and flexible work options. The company also offers benefits such as on-the-job training, mentoring and professional development courses to help employees grow within their careers.

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