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Communications and Marketing/Public Affairs Virtual Spring Internship: Apply by Oct. 26

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to propose creative ideas and contribute to the Office of Communications and Marketing. The intern will gain insight into the inner workings and aspects of the Office of Communications and Marketing in the National Museum of American History. When the internship is completed, the intern will have and understanding about the field of public relations and ideally be prepared for to seek a position in the communications field. Interns will develop verbal, written, and professional skills and understand what makes compelling news.

Special Events Spring Internship: Apply by Oct. 26

Goal: Overall, this internship aims to introduce people interested in museums to outreach initiatives at a national level.
Status: Virtual
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

Winter/Spring 2021 NMAI Internships (Virtual, Onsite, or Hybrid): Apply by Nov. 15

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Interns complete projects using the resources of the NMAI and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field.

Undocumented Organizing Collecting Initiative – Oral History Spring Internship (Virtual): Apply by Oct. 26

Undocumented Organizing Collecting Initiative, a three-year project tracing the emergence of undocumented youth activism over the past twenty years by recording, analyzing, and interpreting political strategies via the collection of oral histories and objects. The Project engages in community-based collecting efforts in six key geographical locations to capture the progression of this multifaceted social and political movement led by undocumented people in the United States, many of whom remain undocumented today. The intern’s main tasks will fall under two categories: indexing completed oral histories and composing oral history questions for each new participant.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:
  • Familiarity and interest in oral history process
  • Interest in project’s content (any historical and contemporary political activism, youth led, and immigration).
  • Demonstrated high interest in storytelling centered on historically harmed communities.
  • Excellent skills research and presenting findings in a cohesive manner.
  • Effective communicator in speaking and writing.
  • Ability to work in a team setting-both in tight deadlines and phased projects.

Office of Management and Museum Services (OMMS) Spring Internship: Apply by October 26

The Office of Management and Museum Services (OMMS) is responsible for a range of museum-wide management and operations, support, and services functions. These include personnel, budget and finance, technology, facilities planning and operation, photographic services, and the business program.

Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) Spring Internship: Apply by October 26

The Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) preserves, documents, interprets, and makes accessible the collections and scholarship of the museum in support of the museum’s mission and in accord with standards of quality and practice that maintain the museum’s leadership in the field. The office provides vision for the museum’s collections, research, and exhibition development activities; coordinates and integrates activities in the departments of history and collections management services and ensures responsible and coordinated management of resources within and between these two departments; and aids all of curatorial affairs in prioritizing projects and program activities.

Office of Audience Engagement (OAE) Spring Internship: Apply by October 26

In the Office of Audience Engagement (OAE), we use history to create experiences that encourage meaningful conversation, expand perspectives, and inspire learning, innovation and active participation in civic life. We challenge our audiences to consider their important role in shaping a more humane future. The Office of Audience Engagement works to provide a comprehensive visitor experience for all of the museum’s audiences, from daily visitors to program attendees to website and social media interactions.


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