Internship Application Process

Apply via SOLAA and include the specific opportunity that interests you in your application essay. Listed start and end dates are tentative as internship durations are flexible and arranged in coordination with the mentor if an offer is extended. Applicants can submit only one application and may apply for up to a maximum of three internship positions within their application. Incomplete applications and applications without selected positions may not be considered.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture may move to offer available internships as online experiences to meet current health and safety guidelines set forth by the Smithsonian Institution.

Membership Internship

Part-Time

Stipend Offered

January 18 - May 7, 2021

The Membership Intern will work with the Membership Team on marketing and engagement activities through print, web-based, email, and in-person communications, including direct mail, e-news, letters, and intermittent events. The outcome will be to increase revenue to the museum, as NMAAHC currently has the most active members of any Smithsonian museum. The intern will gain insight into the inner workings of the Office of Advancement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They will develop verbal, written, and professional skills and understand the advancement strategies for large-scale non-profits. Start date is flexible.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Learn Advance database software to maintain accurate data about our members to make sure they receive the information they are entitled to as supporters (no Advance software experience necessary)
  • Use Excel to crunch the data to ensure contributions are logged correctly, the correct members are invited to current events, and we are serving the members in the most efficient way possible (some Excel experience preferred) 
  • Contribute to monthly e-newsletter by identifying appropriate museum collection object for features and similar creative ideas to promote the resources of the museum
  • Monitor inventory of promotional materials to ensure stock
  • Create or update webpages with training in Druple CMS (no Durple experience required)
  • Assist with photo research and permissions acquisition

There are no positions available in this area at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Center for African American Media Arts Curatorial Internship

Part-Time

Stipend Offered

February 1 – May 14, 2021

The Center for African American Media Arts Curatorial Intern will assist in research and organization for an upcoming photography exhibit for the changing exhibition space in the Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA), as well as general curatorial tasks. CAAMA is dedicated to collecting and showcasing photography, film, video, and audio recordings as a prism to explore African American history and culture. The exhibition, slated to open in November 2021, will explore how African Americans have used style in protest movements from the late 19th century through today using photographs from the Museum’s collection. By assisting with this show the intern will learn about basic curatorial work including exhibition development, research, writing, and installation. Additionally, the intern will help with incoming acquisition offers. Knowledge or coursework in the history of photography, African American history and/or U.S. social and cultural history is preferred.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Assemble reference materials
  • Conduct research on selected topics
  • Establish and update research files
  • Maintain and/or create image files, bibliographies, and chronologies
  • Draft exhibition text, digital content for blogs, newsletters, etc.
  • Perform administrative tasks relating to the exhibition
  • Aid in processing acquisition offers

There are no positions available in this area at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Exhibition Design Internship

Part-Time

Stipend Offered

January 11 – April 16, 2021

Do you have a desire to gain experience with visual storytelling through museum exhibitions? The Exhibition Design Intern will work closely with museum professionals to gain broad knowledge of design work at a national museum. The intern will support the Exhibition Design Department at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with computer-aided drafting, graphic production file creation, material and finish research, graphic design, 3D design, and/or creation of presentation materials. Under the guidance and mentorship of a staff designer, the intern will join an inter-departmental team and develop, design, and create production files for a small exhibition in the Family History Center. When the internship is completed, the intern will gain insight into the complexity of exhibition design, and will develop some exhibition design and production skills. Applicants must be able to work independently, and on a team; have a basic understanding of Adobe InDesign software and/or CAD program drafting; and be enrolled and completed some coursework in a college-level design program. Please submit samples of your design work when applying.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Develop, design, and create production files for a small exhibition in the Family History Center
  • Create graphic design files for temporary signage, and aid in the production of them
  • Assist staff designers and/or detailer in production of design drawings and/or graphic files
  • Attend project meetings related to upcoming exhibitions, to experience a portion of the multi-year process required to create a large exhibition
  • Attend and observe various in-gallery sessions, such as object rotations, artifact cleaning, or lighting adjustment

HBCU Exhibition Research Internship

Full-Time

Stipend Offered

January 20 - May 5, 2021

The mission of the Office of Strategic Partnerships (OPS) is to strengthen the capabilities and sustainability of historical, cultural, and art institutions focused on African Americans and the African Diaspora through collaborations with museum service organizations, professional associations, and related organizations. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Exhibition Research Intern will be primarily responsible for research and administrative tasks related to the development of a traveling exhibition that highlights museum and archival collections from five HBCUs scheduled to open in 2025, and assist in the development of programs that launch the project. The exhibition is expected to travel to a minimum of 12-14 venues and feature a companion catalogue. The intern will learn about the outward-facing work of OPS; object and content research processes for exhibition planning; established models/best practices for the execution of exhibits/interpretive programs/visitor experiences that address African American higher education and the historical impact and legacies of HBCUs; connections/collaborations with a range of HBCU collections; cross-organizational partnerships; and strategic planning/problem solving. Coursework in art history, African American (or other culturally specific serving) higher education, history, sociology and other related background (in social sciences and humanities) preferred. The ideal candidate is an advanced undergraduate (senior year preferably) or beginning graduate student.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Working with the guest exhibit curator and project planning team to identify NMAAHC resources for possible exhibit and catalog inclusion
  • Working with HBCU project directors and their staffs to identify archival resources and material culture for the traveling exhibition
  • Completing a literature review and benchmarking of exhibitions addressing HBCU museum and archives exhibitions
  • Compiling a compendium of established exhibit development models/best practices for production of a partner working outline/process template
  • Researching effective methods of program facilitation and audience engagement techniques
  • Assisting the Office of Strategic Partnerships with on-going internal projects and initiatives (e.g.: assisting with the creation of webpage content, contact database management, creating survey and evaluation templates)

There are no positions available in this area at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Media Internship

Full-Time

Stipend Offered

January 11 - April 26, 2021  

The Media Intern will propose creative ideas to contribute to fast pace dynamic External Affairs Department. The intern will gain insight into the inner-workings of the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). When the internship is completed, the intern will develop verbal, written, and professional skills and understand what makes compelling news and be ready to enter any fast-paced public relations firm.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage system for daily compiling, recording, and dissemination of news clips for staff and support work of Office of Public Affairs
  • Produce PowerPoint media reports on media events and success of media outreach with appropriate metrics included
  • Manage system for issuing media passes on behalf of OPA
  • Assist with media memo compilation and support in staffing of media interview with curators
  • Assist in writing of press releases and other media collateral for media outreach
  • Perform basic media research and pulling of media list
  • Become familiar with galleries, collections by viewing museum and attending open meetings and programs

Marketing Internship

Part-Time

Stipend Offered

January 18 - March 15, 2021

The Marketing Internship is located within the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The intern will gain valuable experiences in the areas of communications, marketing, and social media content creation. They will assist with monitoring and reporting on the success of social media initiatives and use storytelling techniques to bring objects in the museum collection to life online. The Marketing Intern can anticipate interacting with museum audiences across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat; developing an enhanced understanding of advertising, branding and marketing principles; creating strategies, plans and creative concepts to reach targeted audiences; applying tools to facilitate asset management and improve marketing operations; analyzing data and information to identify opportunities and track trends. Applicants should submit a writing and/or creative sample.

Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting research and gathering information to assist with the process of selecting, securing and tracking advertising placements
  • Record keeping and gathering materials for procurement, informational and briefing packages
  • Proposing ideas for engaging and compelling print and online graphic products including advertisements (print, online, social media), signage, posters, flyers, press kits and other marketing materials
  • Research and implement new creative strategies for expanding social media reach
  • Attend NMAAHC events to develop content for blogs and other social media platforms
  • Produce writing and multimedia products that meet the high-quality standards of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Interface effectively with many kinds of museum staff including curators, educators, exhibition designers, and others
  • Think strategically about museum messages and educational approaches