General Internship Application Pools
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.
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!
The Office of Curatorial Affairs 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:
- Archives Center
- Division of Cultural and Community Life
- Division of Medicine and Science
- Division of Political and Military History
- Division of Work and Industry
- Collections Management Services
- Digital Program Office
- Offsite Programs and Projects
- Preservation Services
- Exhibitions and Collections Management Office
- Department of Affiliations
Interested in submitting an application? In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) within the larger Office of Curatorial Affairs you would like to intern with!
In the Office of Audience Engagement, 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:
- Education and Impact, which includes the Program in Latino History and Culture
- Experience Design, which includes the African American History Program
- Programs and Audience Development
- Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Interested in submitting an 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!
The mission of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services 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 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!
The Office of Management and Museum Services 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:
- Finance Office
- Interns and Fellows Office
- Personnel Office
- Photographic Services
- Technology Services Center
Interested in submitting an 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!
You may have noticed that this list is missing two of our offices at the museum: the Office of the Director (including the Office of Communications and Marketing) and the Office of External Affairs.
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 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.
Finally, the Office of External Affairs oversees Capital Campaign and Museum fundraising activities, Special Events, and is the liaison with the Museum's Board. The office works with individual, corporate and foundation donors to raise private funds for Museum priorities, including capital needs, exhibition support and educational program fundraising. Both teams in the Office of External Affairs, the Development team and the Special Events team, host interns every internship season, so there is no general application pool for this office.