Public Programs

The Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives develops programs focused around food, music, and theater to connect audiences with major exhibitions and themes of American History. These programs are designed to enliven the overall museum experience and to support the museum’s outreach, education, and fundraising efforts. Programs are dynamic, fun, content-rich, and intellectually rigorous.

Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives Internship

The Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives internship develops programs welcoming the public to engage and gain knowledge about American history through food, music, and educational activities. Interns will be responsible for assisting in American History (After Hours), Smithsonian Jazz , Food History Weekend, America Now, History Film Forum and What It Means to Be American. These duties will include, assisting in planning programs, background research for historical context, creating run of shows, event memos, site maps, and editing the programs. Interns will also be responsible for attending the events and assisting with on-site management. 

Qualifications:
  •  Interest and/or experience in event planning
  •  Knowledge about American history with special interest in food and music
  •  Ability to work with others and the public
African American History Program

The African American History Program offers learning opportunities based on the stories, objects, and culture of African Americans in order to inspire a broader understanding of the past and work toward a better future. The program’s recordings of activists and witnesses with living memory of the freedom struggle, scholars, artists and others are available to researchers through the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of African American history and culture
  • Academic background in history, anthropology, political science, sociology, or fine arts
  • Interest and skill in public speaking and teaching history and culture
Program in Latino History and Culture

The Program in Latino History and Culture enlivens the collections and exhibitions at the Museum through programs and projects that reflect the history of Latino communities and cultures in the United States. Interns assist with public programs; research and development of a teaching collection; blogging, creating podcasts, and contributing to the Latino History hub in the Museum's website.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of Latino history and culture and Spanish language
  • Academic background in history, anthropology, political science, sociology, education or fine arts
  • Interest in museum programs, and interpretation and representation practice
Smithsonian Food History

Smithsonian Food History engages the public in understanding the American experience through food. From agriculture, to migration, to the legacy of Julia Child, our shared experiences with food connect us with the past, present, and future. The project seeks an intern with strong research and writing skills. The intern will work with the project team to develop and run interactive, engaging museum programming that will help connect the public with history through a deeper understanding of the role that food has and continues to play in American history.

Qualifications:
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience and/or interest in food history
  • Academic background in history or education with an emphasis on food history research
Experience and Program Design

Focusing primarily on the History Alive! theater program and the History Film Forum, Experience and Program Design develops engaging, interactive opportunities to get people talking about history.  History Alive! at the National Museum of American History uses the performing arts to share compelling stories and facilitate conversation about history with as many people as possible. The History Film Forum connects audiences, historians, filmmakers, journalists, and policy leaders in discussion about history on the screen.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge film and/or theater as a tool to interpret history
  • Academic background in history, anthropology, political science, sociology, or fine arts
  • Interest and skill in public speaking and teaching history and culture