As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media.

Get Involved

The Museum depends on a dedicated and talented corps of volunteers, docents, interns, and fellows to supplement the work of full-time employees.

Featured Intern 

Nicole Kenney's internship with the Archives Center included research of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Records and the Estelle Ellis Papers—Ellis was among the first to focus advertising to teenage girls and working women. Learn more about her experience at the Museum.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Each year dozens of interns and fellows, working in a variety of areas, find a home at the National Museum of American History. Learn about the wide variety of opportunities to contribute to the work of the Museum as an intern.

Docent Program

Submit an application anytime for consideration in a future docent class.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers have provided a primary means of support for the Smithsonian Institution since its establishment in 1846. Learn about Smithsonian volunteer programs and the opportunities for participation.

Career Opportunities