Education and Public Engagement

The Office of Education and Public Engagement (OEPE) serves the Museum's audiences both on- and off-site, through education, exhibition development, public programming, visitor services, Web and social media, and evaluation. The office is actively involved in developing new ways to make history come alive through innovative outreach programs that will reach the widest possible number of visitors.

Interns work with OEPE staff, docents, and volunteers in a variety of capacities and on a range of tasks, including the following activities:

  • Welcome visitors and present history in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities
  • Wear historical costumes to promote specific historical themes or celebrations
  • Participate in interpretive planning, exhibition development, and prototype testing
  • Assist in development of school, teacher, and after-school programs
  • Assist in creating and administering content for the Museum's website, blog, and social media (see Web and Social Media opportunities)
  • Help to expand resources for object-based history for the Smithsonian's History Explorer 
  • Research and prepare oral histories for permanent posting on the website by utilizing the Museum's archives

Qualifications for all OPP positions:

  • Degree or expected degree in American history and culture, education, humanities, museum studies, museum education, music, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest in museum programs, production, education, history, and/or marketing
  • Strong writing, research, organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software a plus
The Lemelson Center

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation documents, interprets, and disseminates information about the role of invention in history, science, and technology. Interns will work with the staff in two hands-on spaces to engage young people especially in the exploration of invention and innovation.

  • Interest in and/or knowledge of science and technology
  • Interest and skill in public speaking and teaching history and culture
  • Interest in using new media technologies for educational purposes
James Lollar Hagan Internship

The James Lollar Hagan Intern will focus on ways to broaden access to our existing online women’s history resources. This is a low cost and simple way to make the women’s stories we tell easier to find and foster ways to incorporate more women’s stories into the history interests of our virtual visitors. Learn more about this opportunity.

$6000 stipend for Full time over the course of 10 weeks or Part time over the course of 20 weeks.
*International students must be on a J-1 visa in order to receive this stipend.

How to Apply
Interested students must go on SOLAA to apply for this paid internship. When choosing your project choice you must choose Hagan - Women's Military History (Fall 2014) as your first choice to be considered. Deadline is July 1.

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Basic knowledge of American women’s history