General Application Pools at NMAH

Many offices at NMAH are not actively seeking interns but may still review applications from interested applicants. Find out more information about each office below in order to decide if you’d like to apply to a general application pool at NMAH.

Office of the Director

Office of Curatorial Affairs

Office of Audience Engagement

Office of External Affairs

Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services

Office of Management and Museum Services


Office of the Director

The Office of the Director is responsible for overall leadership and management of the museum including planning, research, collecting, education, exhibitions, fundraising, business activities, and facilities renovation. The Office of the Director also includes the Office of Communications and Marketing.


Office of Curatorial Affairs

The Office of Curatorial Affairs preserves, documents, interprets, and makes accessible the collections and scholarship of the Museum in support of the Museum's mission and in accord with standards of quality and practice that maintain the Museum's leadership in the field. The office provides vision for the Museum's collections, research, and exhibition development activities; coordinates and integrates activities in the departments of history and collections management services and ensures responsible and coordinated management of resources within and between these two departments; and aids all of curatorial affairs in prioritizing projects and program activities. The Office of Curatorial Affairs includes the Department of History, the Department of Collections and Archives, the Exhibitions and Collections Management Office, and the Department of Affiliations.

In the Department of History, there are seven teams:

In the Department of Collections and Archives, there are four teams:


Office of Audience Engagement

In the Office of Audience Engagement, we use history to create experiences that encourage meaningful conversation, expand perspectives, and inspire learning, innovation and active participation in civic life. We challenge our audiences to consider their important role in shaping a more humane future. The Office of Audience Engagement works to provide a comprehensive visitor experience for all of the Museum’s audiences, from daily visitors to program attendees to website and social media interactions.

The Office of Audience Engagement is made up of four teams: 


Office of External Affairs

The Office of External Affairs oversees Capital Campaign and Museum fundraising activities, Special Events, and is the liaison with the Museum's Board. The office works with individual, corporate and foundation donors to raise private funds for Museum priorities, including capital needs, exhibition support and educational program fundraising. Both teams in the Office of External Affairs, the Development team and the Special Events team, host interns year-round, so there is no general application pool for this office.


Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services

The mission of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services is to manage the design and construction of one of the largest and most complex public space construction and renovation projects at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as to provide exemplary exhibition design, fabrication, and maintenance services for the National Museum of American History.

The vision of the office is to lead and manage a diverse group of professionals and technicians in executing plans, designs, and construction for the transformation of the museum’s visual and cultural endeavors. The office also supports the museum’s public spaces and exhibition renovations, which will tell the overarching American story to our visitors and meet the museum’s needs for the 21st century.

The Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services is made up of four teams:


Office of Management and Museum Services

The Office of Management and Museum Services is responsible for a range of Museum-wide management, support, and services functions. These include personnel, budget and finance, technology, facilities planning and operation, photographic services, and the business program.

The Office of Management and Museum Services includes: