- Please read about how to submit your application on our website. We will not review applications submitted via Handshake; we will only review applications submitted via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment Database.
- Depending on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Spring 2021 internship may be virtual, in-person, or hybrid (part in-person, part virtual); if you have a preference for one or the other, please include that in your learning goals essay for your application.
- Any in-person or hybrid experience may be converted to virtual or postponed to ensure the safety and health of our staff and interns. The internship application deadline for Spring 2021 will be Monday, October 26th at 2 PM EST.
- All accepted interns will have the option to apply for an internship stipend based on disclosed financial need after their selection.
The mission of the Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services (OBRES) is to manage the design and construction of one of the largest and most complex public space construction and renovation projects at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as to provide exemplary exhibition design, fabrication, and maintenance services for the National Museum of American History.
The vision of the office is to lead and manage a diverse group of professionals and technicians in executing plans, designs, and construction for the transformation of the museum’s visual and cultural endeavors. The office also supports the museum’s public spaces and exhibition renovations, which will tell the overarching American story to our visitors and meet the museum’s needs for the 21st century.
The Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services is made up of four teams:
Interested in submitting an OBRES application?
In your learning goals essay, be sure to specify which specific division(s) within the larger Office of Building Renovation and Exhibition Services you would like to intern with! Here are some tips for your application:
- Some of our OBRES teams, such as the Design team, may already be recruiting for an internship; check out upcoming NMAH internship opportunities to learn more!
- You are encouraged to include informal and formal skills in your resume and cover letter, if appropriate. For example, if you don’t have project management experience, you can explain in your essay about your experience in managing projects for school or for fun!
- Try to include in your essay some sort of focus–in program, museum skills, or overall professional goals–so that the Interns & Fellows Program Manager can make sure your application is sent to the best possible mentor match!
If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Caroline Fiertz, Interns & Fellows Program Manager at the National Museum of American History, at NMAHintern@si.edu or 202-633-3556.