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Internship Program

Are you interested in learning more about the inner workings of history museums--either as an introduction or a deeper dive into an aspect of the museum field?

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) offers internships to qualified applicants who are excited to engage in a professional learning experience!

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A small group of interns presents a hands-on daily program during the NMAH Intern Share Fair, Summer 2019.


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." In other words, internships at NMAH are professional learning experiences through which an intern learns, under a mentor's guidance, about a museum field that interests them academically or professionally.

An internship should be relevant both to the intern's academic and professional goals and to what we do here at the museum, and all Smithsonian internships are prearranged and structured to take place within a specific time period (fall, spring and summer).


What internships are offered at NMAH?

Click here to learn more about upcoming internship opportunities at NMAH! NMAH has offered internships in every department of the museum, including (but definitely not limited to!) curatorial and collections management, museum 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. 

We also offer general NMAH internship application for folks who want to cast a wide net or who don't see an internship opportunity that specifically speaks to their learning goals. To find out more about our general NMAH internship applications, check out this page here.


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

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

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

**Please note: in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Fall 2020 internships will be posted on a rolling basis. All internships are expected to be posted by the end of April.**

Chart explaining internship timeline: Summer 2020 applications posted November 19 & due February 3, 2020; Fall 2020 applications posted March 17 & due June 1, 2020; Spring 2021 internships posted July 14 & due September 25, 2020


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.