Internship Opportunities

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


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.


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. 

Some teams at NMAH are actively seeking interns for the upcoming internship cycle. Click here to learn more about upcoming internship opportunities at NMAH!

Some teams at NMAH aren’t currently actively seeking interns for the upcoming internship cycle but may be interested in reviewing applications just in case an internship project arises. Click here to learn more about NMAH’s general application pools!


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?

Check out our NMAH Internship FAQ!