Internship Opportunities

The Museum offers interns of different backgrounds incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, from public relations to exhibition research to project design. Choose a field below to get a closer look at the variety of positions available to interns at the National Museum of American History.

 

Current opportunities

Laura Duff, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Affairs

What we do

The office of public affairs tracks and responds to all incoming media queries; develops strategies for effective proactive information about museum activities; coordinates documentary film crews, approves outside media releases by agencies/donors, approves advertisements promoting exhibitions and public programs and handles any crisis issues. The office also facilitates all interviews with the director and curators and is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all media, documentary and commercial film crews.

 

What we look for in an intern

We rely heavily on interns who generally have projects of their own to promote start to finish. In addition, interns assist the office with daily operations: researching and responding to media and public inquiries, compiling media clips, researching and writing calendar submissions, media advisories and releases and some other things that come up.

Lauren Collette, Individual Giving Associate, Office of External Affairs

What we do

The Development Office works with individual, corporate, and foundation donors to raise private funds for the Museum’s priorities, such as capital projects, exhibition support and educational programs.

 

What we look for in an intern

The intern will learn basic knowledge of fundraising methods. Tasks will vary depending on the Museum’s fundraising priorities at the time of the internship, such as on designing an invite, generating lists, mailing, taking RSVP’s, and coordination with special events or helping with list management, research, pulling data, etc.

Susan Evans, Museum Programs Coordinator, Department of Public Programming

What we do

Our programs will focus mainly on developing programming for the 1West demonstration stage that will open in 2015 but we also do national programming, online programming, and public programs throughout the building.

 

What we look for in an intern

 I am looking for interns with background or interest in education, food history, or event planning to help conceptualize and carry out major public initiatives of the Museum. For the Food programs, I am really looking for interns who bring a mix of interest and experience in education and food. I am always looking for people who are organized, motivated, enthusiastic, and independent.

Alison L. Oswald, Archivist, Archives Center

What we do

I’m an archivist, which is an individual responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value, according to the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control to protect the materials' authenticity and context.

 

What we look for in an intern

The Archives Center hosts undergraduate interns who are interested in exploring the archival profession and graduate students who are pursuing course work for a degree in library, archives, and information science or public history and museum studies. Interns gain hands-on skills with digitization, custom housing, handling practices for photographs and audio visual materials, cataloging (MARC format), learning how an archives is managed, writing, and communicating.