Internship Opportunities

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is proud to offer internships in a variety of museum fields throughout the year.

We are no longer recruiting for the Spring 2022 NMAH Internship Program.

  • Spring 2022 applications were be due 12 PM EST on Thursday, September 30th, including all application materials and reference letters, so please plan accordingly.
  • Only complete and submitted applications will be reviewed.
  • Application review began on October 4th, and applicants should expect to hear back about their selection status by the end of October.

We will launch recruitment for the Summer 2022 NMAH Internship Program in late November-early December, and applications will be due by early February. Actual dates are forthcoming.

Depending on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all NMAH internships may be virtual 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.

What internships are offered at NMAH?

NMAH has offered internships in every department of the museum, including (but definitely not limited to!) curatorial and collections management, education and audience engagement, exhibition design and production, communications and marketing, special events and donor relations, and museum operations. However, the specific internships offered each cycle (spring, summer, or fall) depend on mentor availability and upcoming possible internship projects. 

Click here to learn more about specific internship opportunities at NMAH! These are internships with mentors who are actively accepting applications for the upcoming internship cycle; each internship posting has already-set objectives, responsibilities, and timelines.

Click here to learn more about NMAH’s general application pools! Many of the teams at NMAH may not be actively seeking interns for the upcoming internship cycle. However, because of the dynamic nature of projects within the museum, potential mentors may still review applications from interested applicants to see if they can offer an intern an unexpected learning opportunity.

How do I apply for an internship?

Check out the "How to Apply" section of our NMAH internship website!

What if I still have some questions?

Check out our NMAH Internship FAQ!

An intern explains her curatorial internship during the Intern Share Fair, Summer 2019.