Volunteer Internships

Learn from knowledgeable mentors in a variety of fields — from public relations to project research — all in the dynamic atmosphere of Washington, DC.  Our interns get the chance to work with distinguished scholars, accomplished professionals and iconic artifacts in an intensive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.

Interns are normally required to be high school graduates enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university; however exceptions are made for volunteer interns. 

To be considered:
Please e-mail a statement of purpose, indicating how this work experience would contribute to your career goals, to Myra Banks-Scott. Further materials may be requested during the application process.

Artifact Conservation and Restoration:
Conservation interns assist the conservation team with object documentation, research, preventive conservation, and object treatments for Museum galleries, loans, and storage. Objects treated in the laboratory are made of a variety of materials including modern metals, plastics, paper, paintings, and textiles.

Interns will typically support curatorial research projects or manage artifact data for the Museum's collections management system. Interns tasked with supporting exhibition projects will often research content rights and permissions, locate suitable visual media, and track content status.

Space History:
Space History Interns work on a full range of projects depending on experience and skills. In the past, interns have provided assistance with exhibits; collections; public programs; historical and scientific research; A/V creation and support; and administrative tasks.

Planetary Science:
In the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, interns assist Museum scientists in gathering data for research projects related to the Moon and Mars. They may also assist with our outreach programs.

Collections Management:
Collections Management interns work independently and on teams to stabilize and preserve the Museum's artifacts, from fragile silk ribbons to spacesuits worn by astronauts on the Moon. Interns also document the condition of artifacts, through database management and digital photography, capturing current information on the National Collection.

Interns assist staff with establishing physical and intellectual control of archival collections held in the National Air and Space Museum's Archives Division.

Web & New Media: 
Interns work on a variety of projects depending on experience and skills. In the past, interns have provided assistance with asset collection, web design, content creation, video editing, application development, and clerical projects.

Exhibit Design:
Interns work on a variety of design projects including posters, invitations, brochures, exhibition graphics, and CAD drawings depending on skill level and what is needed.

Public Relations:
Interns support the Communications office in the promotion of exhibition openings and/or public programs. Specific duties include assisting on film shoots; updating and generating press lists; distributing press releases; and analyzing surveys.

In the past, education interns have helped design STEM workshops for teachers, led hands-on activities with Museum visitors through our Discovery Cart program, and assisted in the Public Observatory. Interns have also helped plan Family Days, including Mars Day! and Become a Pilot Day.

Office of Advancement:
Advancement activities include the identification of funding priorities; creating and pursuing strategies for securing private sector support; the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals; and stewardship and coordination of all donors to the Museum. An intern will support donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, prospect/donor research, membership, Wall of Honor, planned giving, and communications.

Office of Health and Safety:
The Office of Health and Safety is responsible for the management of staff and visitor safety and health programming.  Day to day operations include training development and implementation, providing safety and health communication via written and verbal avenues, facility inspections and hazard mitigation, construction and maintenance project reviews and implementation, incident prevention, and various other tasks. The position has the ability to include cross-training with the Visitor Services Division that manages visitor experience and several hundred volunteers at the Museum.  

Public Observatory/Astronomy:
Interns gain experience with astronomy education as they conduct daily programming in the Public Observatory and astronomy-related galleries; develop new astronomy-related activities and exhibit tours; and assist with a variety of museum education programs. Projects have also included program evaluation; astronomical imaging and image processing; and presenting live planetarium shows.

Visitor Services:
Interns will assist with the day-to-day management of the Visitor Services program, including customer service, scheduling, coordinating support services, and disseminating information to visitors. Interns will act as a liaison between the Museum, visitors, volunteers, and special guests on a daily basis. Additional tasks may include managing the Museum's Welcome Centers, writing and editing monthly volunteer newsletters, recruiting and training new volunteers, and researching and writing proposals for new and existing Visitor Services programs.


Paid internships are also available in the summer. Find out more about the application and eligibility requirements for paid internships.