James Lollar Hagan Internship

2017 Project Title:

Exhibition Evaluation and Development

Project Host:

Office of Audience Engagement

Project Description:

The intern will get a behind-the-scenes experience with exhibition development, specifically the concept and content design/development phases for exhibitions being planned for the Museum’s 3rd floor. The intern will be “in the room where it happens” with curatorial, design, exhibit development, education, and collections staff. The intern will learn about and engage in evaluation of elements of the newly-opened wing “The Nation We Build Together,” including interviewing visitors and writing an evaluation report. The intern will also learn about and conduct rapid prototyping sessions, including title testing for new exhibitions. Finally, the intern will assist with development of a new audioguide for the museum, including concept and content development.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.
  • Intern will be introduced to and will apply the Smithsonian’s IPOP theory of visitor experience preferences.
  • Intern will develop an understanding of techniques of active learning for visitors, and will put those into practice in the development of inquiry-based learning opportunities that support participatory and collaborative/social learning.

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 - Exhibition Evaluation and Development (Fall 2017)' 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 Monday July 31, 2017.

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: 

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.