- 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.
- This internship is a virtual experience.
- All accepted interns will have the option to apply for an internship stipend based on disclosed financial need after their selection.
The Department of Affiliations manages the museum’s participation in the Smithsonian’s Affiliations Program. Through this program, the Smithsonian develops long-term relationships with museums large and small across the country, and expands access to the museum’s collections, research, interpretation, and programs.
Goal: Overall, this internship aims to introduce people interested in museums to outreach initiatives at a national level.
Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:
- Learn about impact studies and evaluation practices
- Coordinate and produce programs in a virtual space in partnership with and in support of a national outreach program
- Understand and receive a Smithsonian (SI) certificate in human research and the IRB process
- Practice effective communication and leadership strategies
Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:
- Attend multiple meetings with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, actively participating and taking notes for additional follow-up
- Collaborate with a variety of SI staff to learn more about the museum field, the field of American history, and what outreach looks like at a national museum
- Research best practices of museum evaluation through selected readings and discussions with internal experts
- Participate in training regarding human research and the IRB process
- Support virtual programs through coordinating schedules, assisting with webinar facilitation, and compiling feedback from participants
Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:
- Communication skills, both oral and written
- Interest in museums and/or American history
- Schedule availability for some nights and weekends, at least twice a month
- Willingness to learn a variety of conferencing technology and evaluation reporting systems
Audience: This internship is generalized to provide individuals initial experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1-2 interns. Community college, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.
Timeline: This internship will take place in Spring 2021. This internship will be part time (16-24 hours per week).
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 does not guarantee a stipend. However, 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. Internship stipends issued by the Smithsonian are not considered salary or meant as compensation, but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. 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.
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.