Internships & Fellowships

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations.

When applying via SOLAA, please mention the specific opportunity that interests you in your application essay. Learn about the application process. Some internships offer stipends, those that offer stipends will state it in the details in the opportunities tab below. 

Spring 2019 internship applications are due by October 15, 2018. 

Public Affairs Media Internship

The Public Affairs Media Intern supports the Office of Public Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The intern will gain valuable experiences in the areas of communications, marketing, and media relations at a large cultural institution supported by the federal government. When completed, the intern will have an understanding and readiness for a communications role at any fast-paced public relation firms, governmental office or nonprofit organization. The Public Affair interns will develop verbal, written, oral and professional skills as well as a basic understanding of what makes compelling news.

Internship experiences:

  • Manage system for daily compiling, recording, and dissemination of news clips for staff and support work of the public affairs office
  • Manage system for performing basic research request tasks
  • 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 the Office of Public Affairs
  • Assist with media memo compilation and support in staffing of media interview with curators
  • Assist in writing of press release, talking points, communications plans and any other media collateral for media outreach
  • Provide infrastructure support to public affairs office by maintaining media lists, TV Clips and the result of media events.
  • Become familiar with museum galleries and collections by viewing museum and attending open meetings and programs

Membership Internship

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. 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.

Internship experiences: 

  • Contribute to monthly e-news letter by identifying appropriate museum collection object for features and similar creative ideas to promote the resources of the museum
  • Produce appropriate replies to member inquiries
  • Monitor inventory of promotional materials to ensure stock
  • Attend staff meetings, depending on work schedule
  • Create or update webpages with training in Druple CMS (no Durple experience required)
  • Learn Advance database to maintain data integrity
  • Assist with photo research and permissions acquisition

Can I apply to more than one internship and/or fellowship?

Yes! In fact, we encourage you to do so!

How does the general internship pool work?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as opportunities become available. Please know that if an internship does not become available that fits your interests and timeframe, you will not be contacted. If you have a specific interest, you are encouraged to apply for a specific appointment as well.

How competitive are Smithsonian internships and fellowships?

Smithsonian internships and fellowships are very competitive; the Smithsonian receives thousands of applications each year—but don’t let that discourage you from applying. We work to make sure Smithsonian internships are prestigious, but not exclusive.

How long should it take to find out if I received an internship or fellowship?

How long until you receive a response depends on a lot of things: which internship you applied for, the time of year, as well as how many other applicants there are. As a result, it is difficult to say how long it will take to receive a response.

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You must apply for all Smithsonian internships through the Smithsonian online academic appoint system.