James Lollar Hagan Internship

2015 PROJECT TITLE: Broadening Access: Latino and Women's History Resources at NMAH


This project will pro-actively engage our virtual visitors through social media to increase and share the Museum’s resources on Latino and women’s history. The Museum’s social media audiences are predominantly female on many social platforms, and this project gives us the opportunity to grow the Latino audience. Women’s history and Latino-focused content has been popular in the past and there is an interest and need among target audiences to increase this content and improve its quality via the Museum’s blog and social media. The Museum blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other media outlets are proving to be amazing engagement tools to present new content, provide a forum for dialog and idea sharing, and grow previously lesser-served audiences. This can be seen in the blog post about the history of peinetones (high combs) that brought audiences in Spain into a dialog with Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America, all sharing their love and knowledge of this fun, decorative element.

The James Lollar Hagan Intern will focus on ways to broaden access to our new and existing content of Latino and women’s history stories.

Broadening Access: Latino and Women’s History Resources at NMAH project consists of two components:

  1. Conduct an audience and market analysis to identify new audiences for Latino history.
  2. Use social media to more widely and more frequently share women’s history with our virtual visitors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The intern will be mentored by staff in the units that figure prominently in producing our online content, such as History Explorer, New Media, Education, and curators involved with Latino and women’s history.
  2. The intern will learn how to research and evaluate opportunities to market our Latino content and identify prospective partners.
  3. The intern will find ways to connect content to new audiences. Additionally, the intern will evaluate various women’s history calendars and consult with curators about ties to our collections.
  4. The intern will receive NMAH social media training, conduct research, locate images of objects in our collections, and practice writing for the web, all while learning new collaboration skills.

The Hagan Intern will be mentored by staff in the units that figure prominently in producing our online content, such as History Explorer, New Media, and Education, and with daily program staff and curators involved with women’s history.


Selection Criteria:

The James Lollar Hagan Intern should have excellent research and writing skills, familiarity with social media, and a basic knowledge of Latino and American women’s history. Candidates can be undergraduates or graduates.


How to apply:

Interested applicants must go on to SOLAA, the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system and create an account: 

  1. Choose ‘NMAH Internship Program’ as your program choice
  2. Then you will reach a prompt that asks you to choose up to three project choices. Please select ‘Hagan - Latino and Women’s History Resources (Fall 2015)' as your first project choice.
  3. Upload a résumé, two letters of recommendation, transcript (unofficial copy accepted) and a two page essay (summarizing your skills, coursework and experiences as well as sharing your learning expectations).

The deadline is Wednesday July 1, 2015.

The stipend is $6000 for ten weeks full-time or for twenty weeks part time.

For further questions please contact Omar Eaton-Martínez, Intern & Fellows Program Manager, 202-633-3556.

Learn more about the internship: 

On the blog, Bette and Lindsey Hagan spoke about their inspiration for creating this opportunity