Internship Program

Are you interested in learning more about the inner workings of history museums? The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) offers formal internships to qualified applicants who are excited to learn!


What is an internship?

According to the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships, an internship is a "workplace integrated learning experience related to academic or career goals guided by a Smithsonian mentor." This means that internships here at NMAH are educational opportunities where an intern learns, under a mentor's guidance, about a museum field that interests them academically or professionally. Each internship should be relevant both to the intern's academic and professional goals and to the professional disciplines represented at the museum. All Smithsonian internships are prearranged, structured learning experiences that take place within a specific time period, usually fall, spring and summer each year.

NMAH internships allow a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment where they can learn from museum professionals and scholars in a variety of fields. While learning from knowledgeable mentors in the dynamic atmosphere of the museum and Washington, D.C. area, interns enjoy an intensive experience as multifaceted as the museum itself!


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 management. 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 the internship opportunities that are currently available here at NMAH!


What should I know about the application process for NMAH internships?

To apply for an internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, you will need to register for an account with the Smithsonian online academic appointments system (SOLAA).

Each internship cycle (spring, summer, and fall) has its own application deadline.

  • Spring 2020 Cycle (January – May): September 30, 2019 2:00 PM EST
  • Summer 2020 Cycle (June – August): February 3, 2020 2:00 PM EST
  • Fall 2020 Cycle (September – December): June 1, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Please check out the How to Apply section of our website in order to have all of your questions answered!


What if I still have some questions?

If you have any questions about internships at NMAH, first check out our NMAH Internship FAQ!

Still have questions? Contact the Interns and Fellows Program Manager through this contact form.