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  • Are you a college student interested in gaining work experience? We offer internships in a wide array of disciplines.

    You'll learn from knowledgeable mentors in a variety of fields, from curatorial research to administration, all in the dynamic atmosphere of Washington, DC. You'll work with distinguished scholars, accomplished professionals, and iconic artifacts in an immersive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.

    Our interns are required to be high school graduates and must be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university.

    Sign up to be notified about internship opportunities.

    Interns Tyler Hall and Itzel Camacho works on the brake drums for the “Follow Me” Jeep in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

    An intern talks to a family at a Soar Together family day. 

    National Air and Space Museum, Archives Department summer intern, Isaac Middleton, doing his duties at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

    Opportunities

    Summer Internships

    Our structured summer internship program provides firsthand experience working in a museum. It's a great introduction to museum work or an opportunity to expand on previous experience. Our 10-week program provides unique professional development opportunities and enrichment activities.

    Fast Facts

    Summer Internships Opportunities

     

    Advancement Internship: Prospect Research

    The summer Advancement intern will work in coordination with major gift officers and other staff to complete prospect research in advance of donor meetings and visits, using tools such as WealthEngine and Foundation Search. They will assist with determining capacity, previous giving history, and philanthropic interests; maintain updated information in pan-institutional database; and work with National Air and Space Society members and the Air & Space Quarterly magazine. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Archival Research Internship: Military Aviation

    This Curatorial Department intern will conduct research at National Archives (College Park site), Library of Congress, and National Air and Space Museum archives to locate and digitize assets for presentation in printed graphics as well as digital and mechanical interactives to be deployed in the World War I, World War II, and Modern Military Aviation galleries scheduled to open in 2025-2026. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in weekly design meetings associated with the development of over 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space as part of one of the nation’s largest exhibition development projects. Two or three days per week will be spent at archives and the other days onsite in museum offices.

    Learn How to Apply
    Center for Earth & Planetary Studies: Distribution of Geologic Structures on Europa

    Intern will identify a range of geologic structures across Jupiter’s moon Europa to compare with modeling outputs to determine their formation mechanisms. Learning outcomes for the research opportunity include, learning ArcGIS pro software, the industry standard in mapping and spatial analysis software; learning about ocean worlds and their potential for habitability; and creating a deeper understanding of geology, geological structures, and geologic mapping.

    Learn How to Apply

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Center for Earth & Planetary Studies: Titan’s Tectonic History

    Intern will identify and map geologic structures that may have been modified by preexisting tectonic fabrics on Titan and Earth analogs. Learning outcomes for the research opportunity include, learning ArcGIS pro software, the industry standard in mapping and spatial analysis software; learning about ocean worlds and their potential for habitability; and creating a deeper understanding of geology, geological structures, and geologic mapping.

    Learn How to Apply
    Communications Internship: Communications & Social Media

    The intern will work with the Museum’s Office of Communications on a variety of projects related to social media, press, marketing, and digital communications. The intern will work closely with the social media and digital content teams to develop compelling content to promote the Museum and share the Museum’s collection and expertise with an ever-expanding digital audience. Based on the intern’s individual interests or strengths, the intern will have the opportunity to craft long-form written content (blog posts), written social media content (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and social video (Instagram Reels, YouTube).  The intern will also work with the larger Communications team on marketing museum programs, media and press relations, and filming projects.

    This will be a hybrid internship, with the intern working at least two to three days in the office at the Museum in Washington, DC. 
     

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    Communications Internship: Communications & Social Media

    The intern will work with the Museum’s Office of Communications on a variety of projects related to social media, press, marketing, and digital communications. The intern will work closely with the social media and digital content teams to develop compelling content to promote the Museum and share the Museum’s collection and expertise with an ever-expanding digital audience. Based on the intern’s individual interests or strengths, the intern will have the opportunity to craft long-form written content (blog posts), written social media content (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and social video (Instagram Reels, YouTube).  The intern will also work with the larger Communications team on marketing museum programs, media and press relations, and filming projects.

    This will be a hybrid internship, with the intern working at least two to three days in the office at the Museum in Washington, DC. 
     

    Learn How to Apply
    Communications Internship: Digital Content & Accessibility

    This project will focus on improving the experience for visitors to the National Air and Space Museum website. The intern will learn about digital accessibility techniques and guidelines, and apply this knowledge by creating alt text, image descriptions, captions, or transcripts. The intern will also apply consistent taxonomy (tags) to web content. They will work with staff to refine and improve the overall quality of content on the website. The intern will help advance the National Air and Space Museum's ongoing effort to ensure our virtual experiences are meaningful, usable, and enjoyable for audiences of all abilities. Please note: intern must have access to good internet and setup software to access the Museum's systems. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Astronomy Education Internship

    The intern will learn about astronomy education and communicating astronomy to the public as they help research, create, and facilitate astronomy education programs and resources for the public. As part of this project, the intern will:

    • Work as part of a team to help research, develop, and/or revise astronomy activities and resources which reflect educational best practices and meet the needs of users locally, nationally, and internationally, both onsite and virtually.
    • Help train volunteers and staff to have engaging and effective conversations about science and history with participants both onsite and virtually.
    • Learn about and assist on other projects as interested and necessary, including helping develop astronomy and spaceflight exhibitions, astronomy and spaceflight media experiences, and other Education projects.
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    Education Internship: Explainers Program

    This internship exposes participants to both the behind-the-scenes and public-facing facets of a career in museum education. Working closely with the Museum’s Explainers, our corps of teen and college-aged educators, interns will explore strategies to align the Explainers’ programs with the Air & Space Museum’s wide-reaching Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Strategic Plan. Project components may include research and expansion of museum scripts & interpretive plans to include diverse people stories; evaluation of the accessibility of existing discovery stations; development and implementation of training for Explainers on DEAI best practice; and experience planning and facilitating the Explainers’ summer, professional development sessions.  With a focus on “educating the educators” interns will learn the unique pedagogical philosophy and program culture of the Explainers cohort and use this understanding to develop multi-modal trainings on DEAI topics for our diverse Explainer team members.  These may include live teaching & training sessions with Explainers ages 16 through mid-20s and development of materials for asynchronous learning. Day-to-day project work will include facilitation & direct engagement with museum visitors as well as research & writing of in-person and virtual programming.  

    Mentor will provide guidance on appropriate pedagogy, relevant institutional DEAI efforts, and informal educational programs.  Regular weekend work is required for this project and our interns will be required to reliably commute to both our museum sites (downtown Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA) throughout the summer. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Media Production

    Intern will research, develop, design and produce digital media for the education theme of “It’s a Zoo Up There: Animals in Air/Space” or “Air and Space in Comics”.  This will include an episode of STEM in 30, and standalone segments that benefit additional programs in the education department such as family days, story time, etc.  The intern will also provide technical support for any in situ programming, help in the archiving of video products and general organization during their internship.

    Our goal is to match students' skills and objectives with Smithsonian programs that can mutually accommodate goals.  Student efforts will directly impact the quality of media production, working side-by-side with employees to create and deliver programs, services and experiences for museum visitors in person and online.  Typical assignments may include planning, scheduling, researching, video production, and graphic composition.  Interns will feel empowered to recommend improvements in workflow, processes to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness in meeting goals and objectives.

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Public Programs Internship

    Under the supervision and training of the Adult Learning and Digital Content Program Specialist, the Public Programs Intern will assist in the administration, coordination, development, and implementation of public programs at the National Air and Space Museum, including the National Air and Space Museum's mission-driven lectures (Exploring Space lecture, Glenn lecture, and Aviation Adventures lectures), Solstice Saturday, Innovations in Flight, Sally’s Night, among other digital and on-site educational programming. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: SHE Can STEAM Aviation Camp

    Get ready to take flight with an Education internship at the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. S.H.E Can interns learn the basics of aviation, museum education, and even get to go on their own discovery flight in a Cessna 172 aircraft! 

    These seven intern positions will help the National Air and Space Museum to educate and inspire students around aviation topics and deepen engagement through two sessions of the S.H.E. Can STEAM Aviation Camp. Interns act as mentor, teacher, and camp counselor to inspire the next generation of STEM stars! Interns will assist Smithsonian staff with research, development, evaluation, and implementation of education activities for summer STEM camps and school-year programming taking place in the DC region. Topics include rocketry, aviation, game design, history, electronics, space, and art. 

    Please note that this is an onsite, full-time, 10-week internship.

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Soar Together Family Programs

    Under the supervision and training of the Family Programs Education Specialist, the Family Programs Intern will assist in the administration, coordination, development and implementation of the family program, Soar Together at Air and Space Family Days, for intergenerational groups. This family program is delivered both online and in the Museum. The intern will learn skills and trends in museum education for visitors of all ages, but especially intergenerational family groups; gain an understanding of best practices in informal science education methodologies; and gain experience in planning and implementing hybrid onsite/online family programs. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Teacher Innovator Institute

    The intern will assist with the final planning and onsite facilitation of the 2024 Teacher Innovator Institute (TII) and work with the National Air and Space Museum’s Women’s History intern to review previous research and interview teachers about engaging marginalized genders in STEM learning. This intern position will further STEAM engagement and programming from the Museum by helping teachers deliver better classroom content and will align with the strategic plan initiative to build capacity in educators to engage students in learning through the museum’s collections. They will also further work on an informal and formal educators guide to engaging marginalized genders in STEM. As a part of the projects, interns will be coached in how to conduct interviews with the teachers.

    Learn How to Apply
    Exhibits Design Internship

    This position is to work within the Exhibits Design department, which is in the middle of creating eleven new exhibitions. The intern will assist members of the department, designers and writers, with reviewing and organizing scripts, graphics, and proofs. This is a great opportunity to learn about how a large museum creates exhibitions through managing the different elements of designs, scripts, and graphics.

    Learn How to Apply

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Exhibits Internship: Artifact Scanning and Post-Processing

    In this exhibits project, the intern will assist with Transformation mount-making activities to include survey and scanning of the National Air and Space Museum's artifacts and fabrication of mounts for install of artifacts into new galleries. Learning outcomes for this opportunity include experience with 3D scanning and post-processing of files; fabrication of mounts for object display; and participation in the installation processes of new galleries.

    Learn How to Apply
    Graphic Design Internship: Publications & Marketing

    This internship will be within the Museum’s Communications unit and will focus on two areas within the unit. Working with the unit’s graphic designer, this internship will involve creating electronic versions (web, pdf, and Apple News Plus) of Air & Space Quarterly, the Museum’s members’ magazine.  The intern will also work with the Communication’s marketing staff to develop web and/or print advertising, brochures, and other materials.  

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    Visitor Services Internship: Interpretive Youth Tour Planning

    As the Museum is going through a revitalization process, we are working on revitalizing our student tour offerings to better meet the needs of our community. For this project, the intern will get the opportunity in working with the Visitor Services Department in developing an interpretive plan for one of the newly reinvented student tours. To do this, they will look at teacher evaluation data of school tours, meet members of the education team to learn more about learning theory in an informal setting, and assist in developing an interpretive plan with an interpretive goal, objectives, and suggested teaching methods. 

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    Visitor Services Internship: Improving Offerings for Young Visitors

    The intern will work with the Visitor Services team to evaluate current offerings for younger audiences at both National Air and Space Museum sites, as well as at museums throughout the DC area. The internship will focus on family amenities, self-guides, school field trips, and the spotlighting of inclusive stories. The intern will research and compile information on the offerings for many museums. They will evaluate the data and make recommendations to the Visitor Services and Education teams. The project will focus not only on doing research, but also on analysis and on presenting it in ways that will be useful and incite change where needed. One component of the project will be researching and creating a foundational resource of inclusive stories within the galleries, which will give the intern the background to analyze the prevalence of inclusive stories in other institutions. The main component will be the research into the offerings of other museums and analyzing and presenting that information.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Internships

     

    When does the summer internship program take place?

    The Summer Internship Program typically runs from early-June to early-August each year.  Interns work full-time, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. 

    Are the dates flexible?

    We are happy to work with you to figure out a start and end date that work with your existing commitments and school schedule. However, a commitment of 10 weeks during the summer is required.

    Is there financial support for this internship?

    Yes, we provide a stipend to help interns defray expenses. This stipend is administered in intervals throughout the internship period.

    Who can apply?

    To be considered for the Summer Internship Program, you must be a high school graduate and be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university. You are expected to have a strong academic record. Applicants from outside the US are welcome! 

    What do I need to know to qualify for an internship?

    Internships are opportunities to learn and grow your skills. While you don't necessarily need work experience related to the internship you plan to apply for, you are expected to have a base knowledge of or familiarity with the subject (e.g. exhibits design interns will be expected to have familiarity with programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop).

    Academic Year Internships

    These are posted as they become available, check back throughout the year for more. 

    Project: Astronomy Education/Solar Eclipse Programming

    The core project for this internship will be to prepare for activities related to the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. The National Air and Space Museum is planning a large public festival on the National Mall from 12-4 pm on the day of the eclipse, which will include several Smithsonian museums and other partner organizations. The intern will support engaging the public on how to understand and safely enjoy the eclipse by developing, testing, and facilitating hands-on activities about the Sun and/or solar eclipses, both during public Museum hours and as part of the festival on April 8. In addition to the eclipse event, the intern may also work on other project related to the communication of astronomy to the public through daily programming—in the planetarium, inside the museum galleries and outside during scheduled sungazing and stargazing events. The intern may also have the opportunity to conduct informal evaluations of existing programs and/or events to gauge visitor learning and impact. Through all of these activities, the intern will learn how to create inquiry-based activities and engage effectively about science with a wide range of visitors from all over the world.

    Fast Facts

    • Length: Equivalent of 10 weeks full time (can support 10 or 20-weeks, part-time upon request)
    • Dates: Must be available mid-February through mid-April; start and end dates around this range are flexible
    • Stipend Provided
    • Application Due Date: Open until filled
    • Email us with questions

    How to Apply

    Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Complete applications must include:

    • Resume
    • A statement of purpose (500-1,000 words) indicating the type of internship you are interested in and how an internship will contribute to your education and career goals
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation

    Using SOLAA

    Applications for the National Air and Space Museum’s Summer Internship Program must be submitted on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). To apply:

    1. Create an account at https://solaa.si.edu
    2. Add a new application
    3. Select “National Air and Space Museum” under Office/Museum/Research Center.
    4. Fill out the application and submit. You can find tips about the different aspects of the application below.

    Program Choices Page of Application

    • Be sure to submit your application under the current year.
    • The official dates of the Summer Internship Program can be found on our website. If you are not available for those dates, please propose another 10 week period.
    • The Project Choices section of this page will determine who reviews your application. You may select up to three projects, but do not need to choose all three if you are only interested in one or two. You can find the list of this year’s projects on our website.

    Application Materials

    On the Materials page of the application, please submit your essay, resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation (if you have a copy of the letter(s)).

    Letters of Recommendation

    If you have a copy of your Letters of Recommendation, you can upload them to your application using the Materials page. If you do not, you can use the References page of the application to send your letter-writer an email they can use to upload the letter of recommendation directly to your application. To do so:

    1. Click “Add New Reference Details”
    2. Enter their name and email address and click save
    3. Click the envelope icon under “Email Referee” to have SOLAA send an email to your referee
    4. Confirm with the person writing your letter of recommendation that they received the email and were able to upload the letter.
    5. You are able to submit the application before all letters are received, so if you complete the application before your referees submit their letters, you can go ahead and submit if you would like.

    Reference Page of Application

    If you are not using the Reference page to collect letters of recommendation, you do not need to add any references on the Reference page.

    Technical Difficulties

    If you encounter technical difficulties as you complete your application, we recommend trying a new browser. If the problem persists, please email OCIOHelpDesk@si.edu.

    The internship program is generously supported by:

    Foster and Coco Stanback
    DaRin Butz Foundation
    Morton and Norma Lee Funger, in memory of William Scott Funger
    James M. and Anita K. Guyette
    The Brian and Jill Rowe Foundation
    Mary F. Dominiak
    Karen and William Dahut

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  • Are you a college student interested in gaining work experience? We offer internships in a wide array of disciplines.

    You'll learn from knowledgeable mentors in a variety of fields, from curatorial research to administration, all in the dynamic atmosphere of Washington, DC. You'll work with distinguished scholars, accomplished professionals, and iconic artifacts in an immersive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.

    Our interns are required to be high school graduates and must be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university.

    Sign up to be notified about internship opportunities.

    Interns Tyler Hall and Itzel Camacho works on the brake drums for the “Follow Me” Jeep in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

    An intern talks to a family at a Soar Together family day. 

    National Air and Space Museum, Archives Department summer intern, Isaac Middleton, doing his duties at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

    Opportunities

    Summer Internships

    Our structured summer internship program provides firsthand experience working in a museum. It's a great introduction to museum work or an opportunity to expand on previous experience. Our 10-week program provides unique professional development opportunities and enrichment activities.

    Fast Facts

    Summer Internships Opportunities

     

    Advancement Internship: Prospect Research

    The summer Advancement intern will work in coordination with major gift officers and other staff to complete prospect research in advance of donor meetings and visits, using tools such as WealthEngine and Foundation Search. They will assist with determining capacity, previous giving history, and philanthropic interests; maintain updated information in pan-institutional database; and work with National Air and Space Society members and the Air & Space Quarterly magazine. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Archival Research Internship: Military Aviation

    This Curatorial Department intern will conduct research at National Archives (College Park site), Library of Congress, and National Air and Space Museum archives to locate and digitize assets for presentation in printed graphics as well as digital and mechanical interactives to be deployed in the World War I, World War II, and Modern Military Aviation galleries scheduled to open in 2025-2026. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in weekly design meetings associated with the development of over 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space as part of one of the nation’s largest exhibition development projects. Two or three days per week will be spent at archives and the other days onsite in museum offices.

    Learn How to Apply
    Center for Earth & Planetary Studies: Distribution of Geologic Structures on Europa

    Intern will identify a range of geologic structures across Jupiter’s moon Europa to compare with modeling outputs to determine their formation mechanisms. Learning outcomes for the research opportunity include, learning ArcGIS pro software, the industry standard in mapping and spatial analysis software; learning about ocean worlds and their potential for habitability; and creating a deeper understanding of geology, geological structures, and geologic mapping.

    Learn How to Apply

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Center for Earth & Planetary Studies: Titan’s Tectonic History

    Intern will identify and map geologic structures that may have been modified by preexisting tectonic fabrics on Titan and Earth analogs. Learning outcomes for the research opportunity include, learning ArcGIS pro software, the industry standard in mapping and spatial analysis software; learning about ocean worlds and their potential for habitability; and creating a deeper understanding of geology, geological structures, and geologic mapping.

    Learn How to Apply
    Communications Internship: Communications & Social Media

    The intern will work with the Museum’s Office of Communications on a variety of projects related to social media, press, marketing, and digital communications. The intern will work closely with the social media and digital content teams to develop compelling content to promote the Museum and share the Museum’s collection and expertise with an ever-expanding digital audience. Based on the intern’s individual interests or strengths, the intern will have the opportunity to craft long-form written content (blog posts), written social media content (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and social video (Instagram Reels, YouTube).  The intern will also work with the larger Communications team on marketing museum programs, media and press relations, and filming projects.

    This will be a hybrid internship, with the intern working at least two to three days in the office at the Museum in Washington, DC. 
     

    Learn How to Apply
    Communications Internship: Communications & Social Media

    The intern will work with the Museum’s Office of Communications on a variety of projects related to social media, press, marketing, and digital communications. The intern will work closely with the social media and digital content teams to develop compelling content to promote the Museum and share the Museum’s collection and expertise with an ever-expanding digital audience. Based on the intern’s individual interests or strengths, the intern will have the opportunity to craft long-form written content (blog posts), written social media content (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and social video (Instagram Reels, YouTube).  The intern will also work with the larger Communications team on marketing museum programs, media and press relations, and filming projects.

    This will be a hybrid internship, with the intern working at least two to three days in the office at the Museum in Washington, DC. 
     

    Learn How to Apply
    Communications Internship: Digital Content & Accessibility

    This project will focus on improving the experience for visitors to the National Air and Space Museum website. The intern will learn about digital accessibility techniques and guidelines, and apply this knowledge by creating alt text, image descriptions, captions, or transcripts. The intern will also apply consistent taxonomy (tags) to web content. They will work with staff to refine and improve the overall quality of content on the website. The intern will help advance the National Air and Space Museum's ongoing effort to ensure our virtual experiences are meaningful, usable, and enjoyable for audiences of all abilities. Please note: intern must have access to good internet and setup software to access the Museum's systems. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Astronomy Education Internship

    The intern will learn about astronomy education and communicating astronomy to the public as they help research, create, and facilitate astronomy education programs and resources for the public. As part of this project, the intern will:

    • Work as part of a team to help research, develop, and/or revise astronomy activities and resources which reflect educational best practices and meet the needs of users locally, nationally, and internationally, both onsite and virtually.
    • Help train volunteers and staff to have engaging and effective conversations about science and history with participants both onsite and virtually.
    • Learn about and assist on other projects as interested and necessary, including helping develop astronomy and spaceflight exhibitions, astronomy and spaceflight media experiences, and other Education projects.
    Learn How to Apply

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Education Internship: Explainers Program

    This internship exposes participants to both the behind-the-scenes and public-facing facets of a career in museum education. Working closely with the Museum’s Explainers, our corps of teen and college-aged educators, interns will explore strategies to align the Explainers’ programs with the Air & Space Museum’s wide-reaching Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Strategic Plan. Project components may include research and expansion of museum scripts & interpretive plans to include diverse people stories; evaluation of the accessibility of existing discovery stations; development and implementation of training for Explainers on DEAI best practice; and experience planning and facilitating the Explainers’ summer, professional development sessions.  With a focus on “educating the educators” interns will learn the unique pedagogical philosophy and program culture of the Explainers cohort and use this understanding to develop multi-modal trainings on DEAI topics for our diverse Explainer team members.  These may include live teaching & training sessions with Explainers ages 16 through mid-20s and development of materials for asynchronous learning. Day-to-day project work will include facilitation & direct engagement with museum visitors as well as research & writing of in-person and virtual programming.  

    Mentor will provide guidance on appropriate pedagogy, relevant institutional DEAI efforts, and informal educational programs.  Regular weekend work is required for this project and our interns will be required to reliably commute to both our museum sites (downtown Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA) throughout the summer. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Media Production

    Intern will research, develop, design and produce digital media for the education theme of “It’s a Zoo Up There: Animals in Air/Space” or “Air and Space in Comics”.  This will include an episode of STEM in 30, and standalone segments that benefit additional programs in the education department such as family days, story time, etc.  The intern will also provide technical support for any in situ programming, help in the archiving of video products and general organization during their internship.

    Our goal is to match students' skills and objectives with Smithsonian programs that can mutually accommodate goals.  Student efforts will directly impact the quality of media production, working side-by-side with employees to create and deliver programs, services and experiences for museum visitors in person and online.  Typical assignments may include planning, scheduling, researching, video production, and graphic composition.  Interns will feel empowered to recommend improvements in workflow, processes to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness in meeting goals and objectives.

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Public Programs Internship

    Under the supervision and training of the Adult Learning and Digital Content Program Specialist, the Public Programs Intern will assist in the administration, coordination, development, and implementation of public programs at the National Air and Space Museum, including the National Air and Space Museum's mission-driven lectures (Exploring Space lecture, Glenn lecture, and Aviation Adventures lectures), Solstice Saturday, Innovations in Flight, Sally’s Night, among other digital and on-site educational programming. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: SHE Can STEAM Aviation Camp

    Get ready to take flight with an Education internship at the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. S.H.E Can interns learn the basics of aviation, museum education, and even get to go on their own discovery flight in a Cessna 172 aircraft! 

    These seven intern positions will help the National Air and Space Museum to educate and inspire students around aviation topics and deepen engagement through two sessions of the S.H.E. Can STEAM Aviation Camp. Interns act as mentor, teacher, and camp counselor to inspire the next generation of STEM stars! Interns will assist Smithsonian staff with research, development, evaluation, and implementation of education activities for summer STEM camps and school-year programming taking place in the DC region. Topics include rocketry, aviation, game design, history, electronics, space, and art. 

    Please note that this is an onsite, full-time, 10-week internship.

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Soar Together Family Programs

    Under the supervision and training of the Family Programs Education Specialist, the Family Programs Intern will assist in the administration, coordination, development and implementation of the family program, Soar Together at Air and Space Family Days, for intergenerational groups. This family program is delivered both online and in the Museum. The intern will learn skills and trends in museum education for visitors of all ages, but especially intergenerational family groups; gain an understanding of best practices in informal science education methodologies; and gain experience in planning and implementing hybrid onsite/online family programs. 

    Learn How to Apply
    Education Internship: Teacher Innovator Institute

    The intern will assist with the final planning and onsite facilitation of the 2024 Teacher Innovator Institute (TII) and work with the National Air and Space Museum’s Women’s History intern to review previous research and interview teachers about engaging marginalized genders in STEM learning. This intern position will further STEAM engagement and programming from the Museum by helping teachers deliver better classroom content and will align with the strategic plan initiative to build capacity in educators to engage students in learning through the museum’s collections. They will also further work on an informal and formal educators guide to engaging marginalized genders in STEM. As a part of the projects, interns will be coached in how to conduct interviews with the teachers.

    Learn How to Apply
    Exhibits Design Internship

    This position is to work within the Exhibits Design department, which is in the middle of creating eleven new exhibitions. The intern will assist members of the department, designers and writers, with reviewing and organizing scripts, graphics, and proofs. This is a great opportunity to learn about how a large museum creates exhibitions through managing the different elements of designs, scripts, and graphics.

    Learn How to Apply

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Exhibits Internship: Artifact Scanning and Post-Processing

    In this exhibits project, the intern will assist with Transformation mount-making activities to include survey and scanning of the National Air and Space Museum's artifacts and fabrication of mounts for install of artifacts into new galleries. Learning outcomes for this opportunity include experience with 3D scanning and post-processing of files; fabrication of mounts for object display; and participation in the installation processes of new galleries.

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    Graphic Design Internship: Publications & Marketing

    This internship will be within the Museum’s Communications unit and will focus on two areas within the unit. Working with the unit’s graphic designer, this internship will involve creating electronic versions (web, pdf, and Apple News Plus) of Air & Space Quarterly, the Museum’s members’ magazine.  The intern will also work with the Communication’s marketing staff to develop web and/or print advertising, brochures, and other materials.  

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    Visitor Services Internship: Interpretive Youth Tour Planning

    As the Museum is going through a revitalization process, we are working on revitalizing our student tour offerings to better meet the needs of our community. For this project, the intern will get the opportunity in working with the Visitor Services Department in developing an interpretive plan for one of the newly reinvented student tours. To do this, they will look at teacher evaluation data of school tours, meet members of the education team to learn more about learning theory in an informal setting, and assist in developing an interpretive plan with an interpretive goal, objectives, and suggested teaching methods. 

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    Visitor Services Internship: Improving Offerings for Young Visitors

    The intern will work with the Visitor Services team to evaluate current offerings for younger audiences at both National Air and Space Museum sites, as well as at museums throughout the DC area. The internship will focus on family amenities, self-guides, school field trips, and the spotlighting of inclusive stories. The intern will research and compile information on the offerings for many museums. They will evaluate the data and make recommendations to the Visitor Services and Education teams. The project will focus not only on doing research, but also on analysis and on presenting it in ways that will be useful and incite change where needed. One component of the project will be researching and creating a foundational resource of inclusive stories within the galleries, which will give the intern the background to analyze the prevalence of inclusive stories in other institutions. The main component will be the research into the offerings of other museums and analyzing and presenting that information.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Internships

     

    When does the summer internship program take place?

    The Summer Internship Program typically runs from early-June to early-August each year.  Interns work full-time, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. 

    Are the dates flexible?

    We are happy to work with you to figure out a start and end date that work with your existing commitments and school schedule. However, a commitment of 10 weeks during the summer is required.

    Is there financial support for this internship?

    Yes, we provide a stipend to help interns defray expenses. This stipend is administered in intervals throughout the internship period.

    Who can apply?

    To be considered for the Summer Internship Program, you must be a high school graduate and be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university. You are expected to have a strong academic record. Applicants from outside the US are welcome! 

    What do I need to know to qualify for an internship?

    Internships are opportunities to learn and grow your skills. While you don't necessarily need work experience related to the internship you plan to apply for, you are expected to have a base knowledge of or familiarity with the subject (e.g. exhibits design interns will be expected to have familiarity with programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop).

    Academic Year Internships

    These are posted as they become available, check back throughout the year for more. 

    Project: Astronomy Education/Solar Eclipse Programming

    The core project for this internship will be to prepare for activities related to the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. The National Air and Space Museum is planning a large public festival on the National Mall from 12-4 pm on the day of the eclipse, which will include several Smithsonian museums and other partner organizations. The intern will support engaging the public on how to understand and safely enjoy the eclipse by developing, testing, and facilitating hands-on activities about the Sun and/or solar eclipses, both during public Museum hours and as part of the festival on April 8. In addition to the eclipse event, the intern may also work on other project related to the communication of astronomy to the public through daily programming—in the planetarium, inside the museum galleries and outside during scheduled sungazing and stargazing events. The intern may also have the opportunity to conduct informal evaluations of existing programs and/or events to gauge visitor learning and impact. Through all of these activities, the intern will learn how to create inquiry-based activities and engage effectively about science with a wide range of visitors from all over the world.

    Fast Facts

    • Length: Equivalent of 10 weeks full time (can support 10 or 20-weeks, part-time upon request)
    • Dates: Must be available mid-February through mid-April; start and end dates around this range are flexible
    • Stipend Provided
    • Application Due Date: Open until filled
    • Email us with questions

    How to Apply

    Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Complete applications must include:

    • Resume
    • A statement of purpose (500-1,000 words) indicating the type of internship you are interested in and how an internship will contribute to your education and career goals
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation

    Using SOLAA

    Applications for the National Air and Space Museum’s Summer Internship Program must be submitted on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). To apply:

    1. Create an account at https://solaa.si.edu
    2. Add a new application
    3. Select “National Air and Space Museum” under Office/Museum/Research Center.
    4. Fill out the application and submit. You can find tips about the different aspects of the application below.

    Program Choices Page of Application

    • Be sure to submit your application under the current year.
    • The official dates of the Summer Internship Program can be found on our website. If you are not available for those dates, please propose another 10 week period.
    • The Project Choices section of this page will determine who reviews your application. You may select up to three projects, but do not need to choose all three if you are only interested in one or two. You can find the list of this year’s projects on our website.

    Application Materials

    On the Materials page of the application, please submit your essay, resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation (if you have a copy of the letter(s)).

    Letters of Recommendation

    If you have a copy of your Letters of Recommendation, you can upload them to your application using the Materials page. If you do not, you can use the References page of the application to send your letter-writer an email they can use to upload the letter of recommendation directly to your application. To do so:

    1. Click “Add New Reference Details”
    2. Enter their name and email address and click save
    3. Click the envelope icon under “Email Referee” to have SOLAA send an email to your referee
    4. Confirm with the person writing your letter of recommendation that they received the email and were able to upload the letter.
    5. You are able to submit the application before all letters are received, so if you complete the application before your referees submit their letters, you can go ahead and submit if you would like.

    Reference Page of Application

    If you are not using the Reference page to collect letters of recommendation, you do not need to add any references on the Reference page.

    Technical Difficulties

    If you encounter technical difficulties as you complete your application, we recommend trying a new browser. If the problem persists, please email OCIOHelpDesk@si.edu.

    The internship program is generously supported by:

    Foster and Coco Stanback
    DaRin Butz Foundation
    Morton and Norma Lee Funger, in memory of William Scott Funger
    James M. and Anita K. Guyette
    The Brian and Jill Rowe Foundation
    Mary F. Dominiak
    Karen and William Dahut