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Specific Internship Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for Summer 2022; applications are due by 12 PM EST on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, including all application materials and reference letters. 

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Here are the internships for Summer 2022 recruitment:

Public Programming, Community Outreach, and Digital Engagement

Public Affairs and Event Planning

Archival, Collections, and Curatorial Practice

Design and Editorial Services

Finance and Operations

Office of the Director

Didn't find the internship you wanted? You can still submit an application through our General Application Pools for NMAH internships! Apply through our:

Questions about applying? Check out the How to Apply section of our NMAH internship website! Please note that we are currently not recruiting for high school interns. Depending on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each NMAH internship 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. For any other questions, please check out our NMAH Internship FAQ or the Office of Internship Program's FAQ.

 *Please note: All academic appointees must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized (or, for international remote interns, a WHO-recommended) COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements. Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations here.

 

Public Programming, Community Outreach, and Digital Engagement


Education & Outreach Internship

As an Education and Outreach Intern, you will have an opportunity to help local and national students, teachers and families connect to and use history in a meaningful way through the NMAH collections. The internship will introduce you to museum education best practices and provide plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and techniques necessary to work with teachers and PK – 12 students.

Goal: Overall, this internship is a professional learning experiences that aims to provide aspiring museum education professionals with experience in developing lesson plans, online resources, museum programs and field trip experiences as well as examine the power of museums in supporting PK-12 cross-curricular education.

Status: Virtual, in-person, or hybrid, depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Engage diverse audiences
  • Implement best practices for museum education
  • Identify the processes behind the implementation of programming
  • Connect teachers, students and families to museum objects in relevant, engaging and educational ways
  • Develop object-based museum experiences, lesson plans, online resources and other materials for teachers, students and families.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Design new interactive elements and educational materials for museum educators to incorporate into teacher professional development workshops and direct-to-student programming and resources
  • Prepare materials to be used in professional development workshops, events, and other programs conducted by the K-12 education team
  • Creatively and collaboratively with the K-12 education team develop concepts for new resources and programs for teachers and students.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • In the process of obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Art History, History, Education, or another related field
  • Experiences in formal and informal education settings a plus, but not required
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Open-minded in learning new topics and skills.

Audience: This internship can be generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field, or specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Community college students who intend to pursue an undergraduate degree, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place during Summer 2022. This internship may be full-time or part-time (minimum 16 hours/week) depending on the intern’s and mentor’s needs and schedule. The anticipated length of this internship is 10 - 12 weeks; the length can be flexible.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray commuting costs for an in-person internship and/or technology costs for the virtual internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Experience Design Internship

The Experience Design team at the National Museum of American History strives to build relationships with all our visitors and create conversations about history with as many people as possible. We envision the National Museum of American History as an inclusive and welcoming space, alive with conversation, which creates and maintains a connected community among all our visitors. Experience Developers on our team create and sustain the overall daily experience for millions of visitors to our national museum – everything from our exhibition for our youngest visitors Wonderplace, to interactive theater programs like the museum’s iconic play Join the Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter, to tours and talks, to musical performances, to customer service and much more. In addition, the team works on developing major special projects like the History Film Forum and the Time Trials brand. During this internship, interns will get an inside view into developing and managing this complex program that is at the core of what we do at the Smithsonian Institution. Interns will be mentored by Christopher Wilson, Director, Experience Design, and will require close work with other members of the Office of Audience Engagement.

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to introduce students to the development and management of a vision and strategy for audience engagement at a national museum.

Status: Virtual, in-person, or hybrid, depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • Develop an understanding of museum public engagement practices
  • Develop program planning and evaluation skills
  • Practice research and communication skills
  • Contribute ideas based on lived experience to specific Museum programs
  • Practice professional skills in a team setting

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Actively participate in meetings
  • Meet project and program deadlines
  • Produce well written information

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • In the process of obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree in History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Education, or another related field
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Open-minded in learning new topics and skills

Audience: This internship is specialized for individuals who already have some experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place in Summer 2022. This internship is expected to be between 20 - 30 hours a week. The anticipated length of this internship is 10 - 12 weeks; the length can be flexible.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $2,000 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Program in Latino History and Culture Internship

Working with the Latino Program Director, the intern will learn about museum programming and community engagement work through a diversity of activities that can include research, communication, and writing to support the internally-oriented LatinxCommons group and the visitor-oriented Latino Program.

Goal: Overall, this internship will introduce interns to the challenges and opportunities to create a more inclusive narrative at the NMAH

Status: Virtual, in-person, or hybrid, depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • learn about museum practice in regards to issues of representation at the national museum.
  • enhance their research skills and learn about material culture interpretation.
  • learn about museum education and program production.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • conduct research
  • write short essays
  • attend meetings and take notes at meetings
  • communicate with others in the museum.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant has an interest and passion for Latinx history; high Spanish proficiency level; good communication skills; and savvy research skills.

Audience: This internship can be generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field, or specialized, for individuals who already have some experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship typically takes place every semester—fall, spring, and summer. This internship can be full-time or part-time, minimum of 16 hours per week and is expected to be 10 weeks.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a guaranteed minimum stipend of $2,000 to accommodate any commuting or technology needs during the internship. Additionally, upon selection, interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.

 

 

 

Public Affairs and Event Planning


Communications, Marketing, & Public Affairs Internship

The National Museum of American History Office of Communications and Marketing ensures that museum maintains a positive relationship with the community and members of the press. Daily activities include responding to all incoming media queries; develops strategies for effective proactive information about museum activities; coordinates documentary film crews, approves outside media releases by agencies/donors, approves advertisements promoting exhibitions and public programs and handles any crisis issues. Among the events that communications and marketing stages are press previews, press conferences, exhibition dedication ceremonies, donation ceremonies (usually involving objects and sometimes celebrity donors) and press luncheons. Coming up we will be preparing for donations, exhibition openings, and doing a lot of filming at the museum. We are a small office with four full time employees and so we rely heavily on interns who generally have projects of their own to promote start to finish. For example, if a notable musician is willing to donate something to the museum, an intern might be asked to research and create a background on the musician and object being donated, speak with curators at the museum, work with the special events office on the donation ceremony schedule, and caption the pictures taken at the event. In addition, interns assist the office with daily operations: researching and responding to media and public inquiries, compiling media clips, researching and writing calendar submissions, media advisories and releases and some other things that come up. Our office relies on interns to assist with daily operations like: researching and responding to media and public queries, compiling media clips, writing media advisories and press releases, and researching and writing calendar submissions. Interns are given the opportunity to come up with ideas on how the Museum can continue to remain one of the most visited museums in the world. The office also facilitates all interviews with the director and curators and is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all media, documentary and commercial film crews. An internship in the Office of Communications and Marketing is not only a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in those areas, but also those interested in event planning, public affairs, and museum studies. During the internship you will learn how to write and cite according to AP stylebook, how to draft and create media advisories, press releases and event show flows, and how to effectively communicate with the public and media. Your writing will become concise as you raise awareness for museum exhibitions and events. Due to the nature of the work, interns will explore much of the museum as they research for media releases and advisories. Working in our office rewards interns with professional skills in a friendly environment that promotes creative ideas and fosters professional growth.

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to propose creative ideas and contribute to the Office of Communications and Marketing. The intern will gain insight into the inner workings and aspects of the Office of Communications and Marketing in the National Museum of American History. When the internship is completed, the intern will have and understanding about the field of public relations and ideally be prepared for to seek a position in the communications field.   Interns will develop verbal, written, and professional skills and understand what makes compelling news.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • Gain experience working in an active communications and marketing office and learn how to promote the Smithsonian and its work to the public and media
  • Improve writing skills through a variety of communication mediums (press materials, marketing materials and web content)
  • Learn what makes a story news worthy and how to tailor stories to relevant news outlets

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Research and respond to media and public inquiries
  • Compile media clips
  • Draft and edit media advisories and press releases
  • Research and write calendar submissions
  • Attend special events
  • Draft statements
  • Oversee film and news crews

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:  

  • Enthusiastic about communications and marketing with excellent research and writing skills
  • Professional demeanor, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes

Audience: This internship is generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship takes place during every internship cycle--spring, summer, or fall. This internship can be part time or full time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Special Events Internship

The Office of Special Events plans and coordinates over 100 events each year including: exhibition openings, press conferences, donation ceremonies, staff receptions, donor cultivation events, and corporate dinners and receptions. Additionally, the museum is able to host social events including weddings, mitzvahs, birthdays, etc. The office is characterized by a busy but proactive environment that strives to forward the goals of the Smithsonian Institution by connecting with the community and public at large. We offer an unparalleled opportunity for students/individuals interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace. Our interns are given a great deal of responsibility and permitted the chance to develop their writing skills, interact with museum officials, work with caterers and vendors, and staff numerous special events. As an intern, you will be exposed to the nuances of protocol and frequently accompany staff members for on-site visits with potential donors and walk-throughs with clients and vendors.

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to assist students in developing the skills necessary to plan and execute events.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Summarize the necessary steps to execute an event at NMAH
  • Produce documentation and memoranda for events
  • Develop problem solving and time management skills

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Assist in the coordination and execution of receptions, dinners, conferences, donation ceremonies, and other special events at the Museum
  • Manage the museum-wide special events and conference room calendar
  • Interact and communicate with museum staff, vendors, event attendees, and members of the public

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:  

  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student
  • Communication skills, both oral and written
  • Availability to work events including nights and some weekends

Audience: This internship can both be generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field and specialized for individuals who already have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship takes place during every internship cycle--spring, summer, or fall. This internship can be part time or full time. 

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


 

 

Archival, Collections, and Curatorial Practice


Collections Management - Printing and Graphic Arts Collection

The intern will learn about collections management process through conducting research relating to the history of printing (15th – 21st century) and working with printing presses, type, printing plates, printing blocks, tools, and equipment. The intern's projects will include finding objects using the museum's collections database, identifying objects, recording numbers on objects, re-housing objects, and documenting new information about the objects in the database. Interns will learn and employ NMAH accountability and physical care standards and requirements, especially work in the museum’s collections database, and the process of marking objects. Work with Excel spreadsheets to record changes to numbers and locations will also be involved. Please note that there is the presence of lead in the storage area. The collections include type metal (an alloy made with lead, tin, and antimony). The safety requirements for the space include wearing disposable shoe coverings and gloves while in the space and washing hands after leaving the space. No food can be consumed in the space.

Goal: Overall, this internship will introduce interns to collections management systems at the museum and will engage them in collections work by helping reconcile inventoried items.

Status: In Person

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • master an introductory understanding of the history of printing
  • grow technical skills related to standard handling and documentation practices for museum objects

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • collaborate with staff
  • find, mark, and document findings about objects
  • navigate and work in small collections spaces

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant has some background working with Excel spreadsheets, and should be interested in training for the museum's collections database.

Audience: This internship is generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Although an interest in the history of printing would be ideal, the internship will assist museum studies or related field students who are interested to work in a museum. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place during Summer 2022. This internship is expected to be part time, minimum of 16 hours per week and is expected to be 8-12 weeks. More specifically, the schedule is anticipated to be two or three, six-hour days (10am-4pm, including lunch) during a regular work week for a two to three-month period. (Staff members do not work in the building on weekends.)

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to accommodate any commuting or technology needs during the internship. Additionally, upon selection, interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Curatorial and Collections Management Interns - Road Transportation Internship

Through the mentorship of the curator of road transportation and collections managers in the Division of Work & Industry, the intern will learn how to survey reference files and other things that can be culled from the collections. In addition, they will learn how to better describe existing collections in our collections database and with words and images. The intern will gain skills in working directly with collections and in thinking about the history of automobility in the United States in the early twentieth century. They will also be a valuable resource in thinking about historical holes in the collection. Intern will visit other collections and talk with collections and curatorial staff around the NMAH and across the Smithsonian.

Goal: Overall, this internship will introduce an intern to skills in researching, rehousing, and making accessible road transportation collections related to automobility.

Status: In Person

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • learn about the history of the road collection within the long history of the Smithsonian, including through research, reading, and hands-on experiences
  • learn about how collections are organized and how they change over time
  • develop new ideas about community-based collecting
  • sharpen skills in handling objects, rehousing objects, and basic description and cataloging.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • learn and build further knowledge about the history of some of the early automotive collections on site at the NMAH
  • handle and move objects and photograph them
  • enhance object records in our museum’s collections database, Mimsy XG

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is interested in learning about automobile history and objects, has some knowledge of US history, and provides fresh perspective on the collections from a new angle. Ideally, the intern will have demonstrated interest in Indigenous history and studies, through lived, academic, and/or professional experience.

Audience: This internship is generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship is expected to take place every summer. This internship will take place on site at the museum and is expected to be full-time for 8 weeks.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This internship provides a guaranteed minimum total stipend of $2,000. Additionally, upon selection, interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Photographic History Collections Internship - Storage Cabinet Moves

The collections manager of the photographic history collection at NMAH is seeking a summer intern to work on the Eadweard Muybridge Glass Plate Composite Positive Collection at the National Museum of American History. The focus of this internship will be on moving collection objects in preparation for the replacement of storage equipment. Therefore, this internship will be much more physical in terms of labor, with very little time spent at a computer. The intern will learn how to develop plans for object moves, safe handling practices, as well as the cataloging and tracking work required for such object moves. The scope of the project involves moving five storage units and the contents to a temporary location, three new units will be installed while two original units will be returned to the storage room, followed by the contents of each. The glass photographic plates are large but extremely delicate, which will require great care during their transport.

Goal: Overall, this internship will deepen an intern’s understanding of how we prepare and execute replacement of collections storage equipment

Status: In Person

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • learn collections management software Mimsy XG
  • learn safe handling practices
  • learn how staff develop plans to swing out of a collections storage space

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • demonstrate and build upon previous knowledge of collections management practices, preferred actual knowledge of safe handling practices but will also consider theoretical

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is a master's student in a Museum Studies program who has finished at least one year.

Audience: This internship is specialized. This internship is intended for 1 intern. This internship is intended for graduate students who have completed at least two semesters of coursework and are using the internship to fulfill requirements for the completion their degree. Preference will be given towards candidates with an interest in photographic history.

Timeline: This internship will take place in Summer 2022. This internship will take place on site at the museum. The overall internship has been funded for 384 hours (12 weeks), and will be part-time, 32 hours per week, until the hours are completed, between May – August 2022.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This internship has been funded for at an hourly wage of $17.50 for a guaranteed total stipend of $6,720 through a FY21 Collection Care and Preservation Fund grant for a 12-week, 32-hour-per-week internship. Additionally, upon selection, interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


 

 

Design and Editorial Services


Editorial Services Internship

With museum labels, educational guides, blog posts, and more, on topics like popular culture, migration, and women’s history (just to name a few), the editorial output of the National Museum of American History is extensive and varied—and so too is the work of the Editorial Services office. Gain skills and practice in structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, proofreading, and fact checking, and learn about editorial management at one of the Smithsonian’s largest museums.

Goal: Overall, this internship is a professional learning experience that aims to teach the many editorial skills that are used in working for a Smithsonian museum and offer an intern the opportunity to practice those varied skills with the guidance of an experienced professional editor.

Status: Virtual

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • Learn the different core editorial skills and additional skills (as defined by Editors Canada), including the tasks associated with practicing each skill and the challenges and benefits of using each skill on projects;
  • Practice the core editorial skills and some of the additional skills on projects in development at NMAH;
  • Learn what NMAH values in creating writing for its audiences and why.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Practice shaping NMAH writing to better align it with museum standards and better suit it to its audiences;
  • Receive feedback regularly as assignments are delivered and reviewed;
  • Have opportunity to ask NMAH editor Leslie Poster any and all questions regarding assignments;
  • Participate in regular hourlong meeting each week with NMAH editor Leslie Poster for discussion;
  • Attend at least one meeting of Smithsonian Editors;
  • Attend at least one training hosted for NMAH staff by NMAH editor Leslie Poster;
  • Attend intra and interdepartmental meetings to see how museum editors coordinate and collaborate with other functional groups within the museum;
  • Receive career counseling and résumé guidance based on current industry hiring needs.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant has a demonstrated interest in issues surrounding inclusive language and/or language justice as well as a demonstrated interest in professional writing.

Audience: This internship is specialized, for individuals who have some experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and folks with equivalent professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place during Summer 2022. This internship is expected to be part time, minimum of 16 hours per week. The typical length of an internship is between 8-12 weeks.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a guaranteed total stipend of $500 to accommodate any technology needs during the internship. Additionally, upon selection, interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Exhibition Design Internship

Do you have a desire to gain experience with visual and experiential storytelling through museum exhibitions? Send us your portfolio! The NMAH Exhibition Design Internship will provide you with real-world experience in the development and design of object-based, interpretive exhibitions. Develop your 3-D and graphic design skills, practice your design critique and presentation skills, work directly with professional exhibition designers, and expand your portfolio of design projects through museum exhibitions. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the internship, feel free to contact Isabella Bruno, NMAH designer and internship coordinator for the design studio.

Please note: Your application will not be reviewed without a portfolio! You can add your portolio to your SOLAA application in a number of ways:

  • you can upload a PDF of your work as a "Resume" document if it's not too big a file size
  • you can add a link to your online portfolio on your actual resume
  • you can upload a Word doc as a "Resume" document with just a link to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder et to "share with anyone with a link."

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to provide student with real-world experience in the Exhibition Development and Design the museum context.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Understand the exhibition development and design process for interpretive, object-based exhibitions.
  • Use Vectorworks for exhibition concept design and detailing
  • Create and present verbal and visual exhibition design concept presentations
  • Prepare exhibition design production packages

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Use Vectorworks for Exhibition Design modeling and detailing
  • Use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for exhibition graphic design
  • Participate in weekly creative critiques about exhibition design
  • Attend exhibition project meetings and present exhibition design concepts

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • Experience with Vectorworks and other 3-D CAD software
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • A desire to gain experience with visual and experiential storytelling through museum exhibitions

Audience: This internship can be both generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field, and specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 3-4 interns. Past interns have had some background in the following fields: industrial design, theater, merchandising, architecture, interior design, exhibition design, and/or museum studies. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship takes place during every internship cycle--spring, summer, or fall. This internship can be part time or full time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


Graphic Design Internship

Do you have a desire to gain experience with graphic design for museum applications such as wayfinding, environmental graphics, and exhibition graphics? Send us your portfolio! The NMAH Graphic Design Internship will provide you with real-world experience in the application of graphic design within the museum environment. Develop graphic design skills, practice your design critique and presentation skills, work directly with professional exhibition designers, and expand your portfolio of design projects through museum exhibitions. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the internship, feel free to contact Isabella Bruno, NMAH designer and internship coordinator for the design studio.

Please note: Your application will not be reviewed without a portfolio! You can add your portolio to your SOLAA application in a number of ways:

  • you can upload a PDF of your work as a "Resume" document if it's not too big a file size
  • you can add a link to your online portfolio on your actual resume
  • you can upload a Word doc as a "Resume" document with just a link to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder et to "share with anyone with a link."

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to provide students with real-world experience in the graphic design in the museum context.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Understand Graphic Design for Environmental Graphics inside and outside of the museum building
  • Understand implementation of a museum-wide graphic identity
  • Understand graphic design for wayfinding and building signage
  • Understand the use of typography and graphic design for museum exhibitions
  • Prepare graphic design production packages

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Work with existing Graphic Identity Style Guide to produce museum wayfinding and building signage
  • Work with exhibitions project teams to develop exhibition graphics such as labels, environmental graphics and exhibition-specific graphic identities
  • Attend exhibition project meetings and present exhibition design concepts

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • A desire to gain experience with visual and experiential storytelling through museum exhibitions

Audience: This internship can be both generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field, and specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 3-4 interns. Past interns have had some background in the following fields: graphic design, visual communication, and/or museum studies. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship takes place during every internship cycle--spring, summer, or fall. This internship can be part time or full time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


 

 

Finance and Operations


Finance and Procurement Internship

The Finance & Procurement Internship at NMAH is a professional learning experience for anyone interested in learning more about the skills needed in the finance and procurement field, especially in a museum setting. The internship will be mentored by staff within the Financial Office, which provides advice and assistance to the management and staff of the Museum, monitors and controls expenditures of funds, prepares annual budgets, and conducts reviews and analysis to ensure that Smithsonian and Museum financial policy is implemented properly.

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to help to develop financial and procurement management skills.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Develop budget and financial obligation and expense charts
  • Closeout purchase orders and contracts that have zero balances and those with remaining funds to be de-obligated
  • Collaborate and communicate with other units to implement new procedures for the procurement and finance office, a business communications liaison between the United States government and a private contractor and other outside sources

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Analyze reports and communicate results and reports
  • Review invoices and identify discrepancies to resolve and take corrective actions
  • Interact and communicate professionally with museum staff
  • Be familiarized with the SI Service Now systems to submit inquiries and other information electronically to multiple external SI units for the Finance/Procurement office

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • Interest in budget analysis and various rules regarding funding types for the Smithsonian Institution
  • Interest in problem solving and creating innovative solutions to organizational challenges
  • Attention to detail
  • Some experience in an office setting, preferred

Audience: This internship generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place in Summer 2022. This internship can be part time or full-time and will likely last 12 weeks.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.

 


 

 

Office of the Director


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council Internship

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council Internship will provide interns skills and knowledge about issues of inclusion and diversity in a museum setting. It provides an opportunity to learn about the function of a council in a major museum, strategies for inclusion, and how to archive and organize the work of the council.

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to provide an opportunity for an intern to learn about cultural institution practices and contribute to the IDEA Council at NMAH.

Status: Virtual or hybrid depending on the intern's preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Research and discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in cultural institutions around the US
  • Draft and pitch museum policy proposals regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Apply cultural institution practices in their future career

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Schedule and attend meetings, take notes and compile information
  • Identify and write short announcements for the Museum intranet
  • Organize and keep archives of the council

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:

  • Interested in diversity, equity, and inclusions in cultural institutions
  • Some background with research
  • Good organizational skills

Audience: This internship is be generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place in Summer 2022. This internship can be part time or full-time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $6,000 for a full-time, 10 week internship to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month's expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.


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Additionally, if you’re interested in internship opportunities at other museums and research centers at the Smithsonian, please visit the Smithsonian’s Office of Internship Programs.