- 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.
As an Education and Impact Intern, you will have an opportunity to help local and national students, teachers and families connect to and use history in a meaningful way through the NMAH collections. The internship will introduce you to museum education best practices and provide plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and techniques necessary to work with teachers and PK – 12 students.
Goal: Overall, this internship is a professional learning experiences that aims to provide aspiring museum education professionals with experience in developing lesson plans, online resources, museum programs and field trip experiences as well as examine the power of museums in supporting PK-12 cross-curricular education.
Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will be able to:
- Engage diverse audiences
- Implement best practices for museum education
- Identify the processes behind the implementation of programming
- Connect teachers, students and families to museum objects in relevant, engaging and educational ways
- Develop object-based museum experiences, lesson plans, online resources and other materials for teachers, students and families.
Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:
- Design new interactive elements and educational materials for museum educators to incorporate into teacher professional development workshops and direct-to-student programming and resources
- Prepare materials to be used in professional development workshops, events, and other programs conducted by the K-12 education team
- Creatively and collaboratively with the K-12 education team develop concepts for new resources and programs for teachers and students.
Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:
- In the process of obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Art History, History, Education, or another related field
- Experiences in formal and informal education settings a plus, but not required
- Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
- Open-minded in learning new topics and skills.
Audience: This internship can be generalized, to provide individuals initial experience in this field, or specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Community college students who intend to pursue an undergraduate degree, undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, career changers, and other professionals are encouraged to apply.
Timeline: This internship will take place every internship season–spring, summer, or fall. This internship may be full-time or part-time (minimum 16 hours/week) depending on the intern’s and mentor’s needs and schedule. The anticipated length of this internship is 10 – 12 weeks; the length can be flexible.
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.