Omar Eaton-Martínez

Omar Eaton-Martínez

Intern and Fellows Program Manager
  • Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 1996 
  • Masters in Educational Leadership, American Intercontinental University, 2009
  • Currently is a PhD student in American Studies at University of Maryland, College Park
Omar recruits and manages 200+ interns and fellows at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). He conducts presentations to various stakeholders to increase access to the Smithsonian. Omar develops partnerships with educational institutions and non-governmental organizations. He was involved in creating a briefing paper on diversity and inclusion at the museum to the Director John Gray. He provides strategy for diversity recruitment for certain positions at the museum. Omar participates in many committees: NMAH Diversity Advisory Council, Smithsonian Latino Working Committee (Deputy Chair); Office of Fellowships & Internships Diversity Working Group; Federal Committee: STEM Education (Underrepresented Communities) and others. Omar has worked at the National Park Service, the Office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, NASA and he also was a K-12 teacher in NYC and DC. 
Follow on Twitter - @amhistoryintern
Research Specialties: 
Diversity and Inclusion in museums and cultural institutions; Afrolatinidad/Afrolatinoness in the United States; and Hip Hop history, culture and education.
Role in Museum: 

Recruit and manage 200 interns who support a wide range of Museum projects. Publicize intern/fellows programs to colleges and universities and other educational institutions and organizations. Serve as Museum liaison for pre- and postdoctoral fellows as well as other academic appointments. Interns at the museum support a wide range of museum projects.


Created the Smithsonian Career Center Conference to educate stakeholders about the intern/fellow experience at the Smithsonian.
Created NMAH Intern Ambassador Program.
Founding member of the Smithsonian Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce.
Founding member of the National Museum of American History Diversity Advisory Council.

  • Anacostia Watershed Ambassador Youth Program
    The Anacostia Watershed Ambassador Youth Ambassador Program is an education and public outreach program designed to raise awareness about watershed issues in the Anacostia Watershed. National Park Service, National Capital Parks-East.
  • Program support for the temporary office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission
    The National Museum of the American Latino Commission is a 23 member congressionally mandated body tasked with providing Congress with a report on the feasibility of the potential creation of an American Latino Museum in Washington, D.C. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of the Interior.
  • Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

    2014 NMAH Peer Award Winner for Inlcusion

    Professional Affiliations: 

    Smithsonian Latino Working Committee, Deputy Chair
    Smithsonian African American Association, Program Chair
    Founding member of the SI Affinity Group Council
    Museum Hue, National Board Chair, 2016-present
    Employer Relations Advisory Board, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2015-present
    Ambassador Horace G. Dawson Scholars, Board, 2015-present
    Words, Beats and Life, Board Member, 2013-2015
    The Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Member, 2013-present
    Employer Relations Advisory Board, University of Maryland, College Park & The President's Promise, 2012-present