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Internship Opportunities

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

**Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Fall 2020 internships at NMAH will be virtual professional experiences. The internship opportunities listed below have been confirmed to be virtual internships for Fall 2020. To accommodate this switch to virtual internships for Fall 2020, our internship application deadline has been postponed to June 22nd.**

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 upcoming 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.