Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer undergraduate 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 part-time and full-time positions!
Part-Time Virtual Internship
January 18 – May 6, 2022
The Education Department at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is dedicated to assisting educators, students and the diverse public in being lifelong learners as they deepen their knowledge about the American story through the African American lens. NMAAHC Education is comprised of: Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education, Audience Engagement, and Internships and Fellowships.
The Public Programs Research Assistant Intern will have the opportunity to assist program producers in researching content, presenters, and other assets needed to develop a NMAAHC signature social called A Seat at the Table (ASATT). ASATT is a signature program offered at NMAAHC that critically examines a social justice issue that impacts the African American community. The intern will learn skills and techniques utilized by museum educators to conceptualize and deliver the Museum’s social justice program and also gain experience working ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the program on the day of the event.
Applicants currently pursuing graduate degrees in Library and Information Science, History, African American Studies, Museum Studies, Anthropology, Education and related disciplines are preferred. Applicants in their junior and senior year of undergraduate study with experience conducting literature reviews are welcome to apply as well. This internship is designed to allow students to pursue academic credit.
Duties Include (but are not limited to):
Researching potential presenters and program content
Examining resources needed to develop program proposals and conversation outlines
Keeping minutes during planning meetings
Analyzing audience evaluation data
Designing promotional materials and web content
Assisting with the program the day of events
Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
For more details please see website at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will offer available internships as either virtual (online and remote) or hybrid (virtual with the opportunity for 1-2 days onsite a week as scheduled) experiences to meet current health and safety guidelines set forth by the Smithsonian Institution.