General Internship Application Pools

We are current recruiting for the Fall 2021 NMAH Internship Program.

  • Fall 2021 applications will be due 12 PM EST on Wednesday, June 2nd, including all application materials and reference letters, so please plan accordingly.
  • Only complete and submitted applications will be reviewed.
  • Application review begins on June 2nd, and applicants should expect to hear back about their selection status within four-six weeks of June 2nd.

Depending on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fall 2021 internships may be virtual, in-person, or hybrid (part in-person, part virtual); details are included in the individual postings for each internship opportunity. Any in-person or hybrid experience may be converted to virtual or postponed to ensure the safety and health of our staff and interns.

For any other questions, please check out our NMAH Internship FAQ or OFI's FAQ. Thanks for your interest in NMAH internships!


Many offices at NMAH are not actively seeking interns but may still review applications from interested applicants. Check out the information below to learn more about our offices where you can submit a general application for an internship at NMAH.

Office of Curatorial Affairs

Office of Audience Engagement

Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services

Office of Management and Museum Services

Office of External Affairs

 

Some of these teams may be specifically recruiting for an internship! Check out our upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more.

Not sure if NMAH is the right fit for your professional learning goals? You can also check out other internship opportunities all over the Smithsonian!


Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA)

The Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) preserves, documents, interprets, and makes accessible the collections and scholarship of the museum in support of the museum's mission and in accord with standards of quality and practice that maintain the museum's leadership in the field. The office provides vision for the museum's collections, research, and exhibition development activities; coordinates and integrates activities in the departments of history and collections management services and ensures responsible and coordinated management of resources within and between these two departments; and aids all of curatorial affairs in prioritizing projects and program activities.

Within the Office of Curatorial Affairs, there are several teams:

There are also different initiatives and topics that you may be interested in, such as:

Interested in submitting an OCA application?

In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) or initiatives within the larger Office of Curatorial Affairs you would like to intern with! Here are some tips for your application:

  • Some of our OCA teams may already be recruiting for an internship; check out upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more!
  • Interested in a particular curatorial division, such as the Division of Work and Industry? Explain in your essay why you're interested in learning more about their particular work and collection!
  • Interested in our Preservation Services teams? Be sure to include informal skills in your resume, too, such as hand skills (sewing, knitting, etc.) as well as any formal object conservation experience you may have. 
  • Make sure that your learning goals essay includes some sort of focus--in historical topic or theme, particular museums skills, or collections--so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!

Office of Audience Engagement (OAE)

In the Office of Audience Engagement (OAE), we use history to create experiences that encourage meaningful conversation, expand perspectives, and inspire learning, innovation and active participation in civic life. We challenge our audiences to consider their important role in shaping a more humane future. The Office of Audience Engagement works to provide a comprehensive visitor experience for all of the museum’s audiences, from daily visitors to program attendees to website and social media interactions.

The Office of Audience Engagement is made up of four teams: 

There are also different initiatives and topics that you may be interested in, such as:

  • Creating digital educational resources, such as Learning Labs
  • Producing virtual museum programming experiences
  • Drafting children's literature using research
Interested in submitting an OAE application?

In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) within the larger Office of Audience Engagement you would like to intern with! Here are some tips for your application:

  • Some of our OAE teams, such as the Program in Latino History and Culture, may already be recruiting for an internship; check out upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more!
  • Interested in a particular program, such as the African American History Program? Explain in your essay why you're interested in learning more about their particular work and program!
  • Interested in our Programs and Audience Development team? Be sure to include informal skills in your resume, too, such as your own personal programming experience, such as fundraisers and your own social media platforms, as well as any formal programming experience you may have. 
  • Make sure that your learning goals essay includes some sort of focus--in historical topic or theme, particular museums skills, or collections--so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!

Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services (OBRES)

The mission of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services (OBRES) is to manage the design and construction of one of the largest and most complex public space construction and renovation projects at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as to provide exemplary exhibition design, fabrication, and maintenance services for the National Museum of American History.

The vision of the office is to lead and manage a diverse group of professionals and technicians in executing plans, designs, and construction for the transformation of the museum’s visual and cultural endeavors. The office also supports the museum’s public spaces and exhibition renovations, which will tell the overarching American story to our visitors and meet the museum’s needs for the 21st century.

The Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services is made up of four teams:

Interested in submitting an OBRES application?

In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) within the larger Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services you would like to intern with! Here are some tips for your application:

  • Some of our OBRES teams, such as the Design team, may already be recruiting for an internship; check out upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more!
  • You are encouraged to include informal and formal skills in your resume and cover letter, if appropriate. For example, if you don't have project management experience, you can explain in your essay about your experience in managing projects for school or for fun!
  • Make sure that your learning goals essay includes some sort of focus--in historical topic or theme, particular museums skills, or collections--so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!

Office of Management and Museum Services (OMMS)

The Office of Management and Museum Services (OMMS) is responsible for a range of museum-wide management and operations, support, and services functions. These include personnel, budget and finance, technology, facilities planning and operation, photographic services, and the business program.

The Office of Management and Museum Services includes:

Interested in submitting an OMMS application?

In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) within the larger Office of Management and Museum Services you would like to intern with! Here are some tips for your application:

  • Some of our OMMS teams, such as the Finance Office, may already be recruiting for an internship; check out upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more!
  • Make sure that your learning goals essay includes some sort of focus--in historical topic or theme, particular museums skills, or collections--so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!

Office of External Affairs (OEA)

The Office of External Affairs oversees our Capital Campaign and all museum fundraising activities, including special events. OEA is the liaison with the Museum's Board.

The Office of External Affairs is made up of two teams:

The Development team works with individual, corporate and foundation donors to raise private funds for museum priorities, including capital needs, exhibition support and educational program fundraising. The Special Events team host interns every internship season, and their internship posting can be found here.

Interested in submitting an OEA application?

In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify that you are applying for an internship within the Development team! Here are some tips for your application:

  • You are encouraged to include informal and formal skills in your resume and cover letter, if appropriate. For example, if you don't have professional development experience, you can explain in your essay about your experience in fundraising and/or donor relations for school, for community support, or for fun!
  • Make sure that your learning goals essay includes clear topics and skills that you hope to learn and develop during your internship so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!

You may have noticed that this list is missing two of our offices at the museum: the Office of the Director and the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

The Office of the Director is responsible for overall leadership and management of the museum including planning, research, collecting, education, exhibitions, fundraising, business activities, and facilities renovation. If you're interested in learning more about museum operations and management through an internship, it is recommended that you submit a general application for the Office of Management and Museum Services. 

Additionally, the Office of the Director also includes the Office of Communications and Marketing. There is no general application pool for the Office of Communications and Marketing since they already have an upcoming internship opportunity and recruit every internship season.