James Lollar Hagan Internship

Curator John Troutman interviewing John Legend2018 Project Title

Entertaining America

Project Host

Office of Curatorial Affairs

Project Description

The intern will get a behind-the-scenes experience with exhibition development, specifically the concept and content design/development phases for the museum’s upcoming exhibition on the power of entertainment.  This major exhibition, spanning 150 years, will explore how music, movies, television, sports, and theater have brought Americans together to work through critical social and political issues of their day. The intern will be “in the room where it happens” with curatorial, design, exhibit development, education, and collections staff. The intern will perform research in the collections for the exhibition team, and will produce content for our online collections portal.  The intern will research graphics and media for the upcoming exhibition, and will generate research and produce reports on potential object acquisitions. Finally, the intern will participate in visitor testing for exhibition concept and content development.

Learning Objectives

  • Intern will engage in media and graphics research for exhibition purposes.
  • Intern will support collections management work for exhibition purposes.
  • Intern will engage in object research as well as in the production of object web labels and other public content.
  • Intern will gain experience and skills in developing key messages and determining how to present those via material culture in combination with other primary source materials.
  • Intern will practice developing visitor experiences informed by visitor studies, as well as the time on the floor engaging with visitors.
  • Intern will learn and practice formative evaluation, including rapid prototyping.

Selection Criteria

The James Lollar Hagan Intern should have excellent research and writing skills, and familiarity with social media. Candidates can be undergraduates or graduates.

How to apply

Young visitors look at the ruby slippers from The Wizard of OzInterested 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 - Entertaining America (Fall 2018)’ 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 Sunday July 1, 2018.

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

For further questions please contact Rachel Wood.

Learn more about the internship

You can learn more about the James Lollar Hagan internship on the museum's blog, O Say Can you See, where Bette and Lindsey Hagan spoke about their inspiration for creating this opportunity and past interns reflected on their experiences working at the museum.