Internships

Are you a college student interested in gaining work experience? We offer internships, paid and unpaid, 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.

To sign up to receive notifications about internship opportunities at the National Air and Space Museum, please email NASMInternships@si.edu

Summer Internship Program

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.

Learn more about interning with us this summer >

Other Internship Opportunities

On occasion, we also offer paid and unpaid internships outside of the summer semester. To sign up to receive notifications about internship opportunities at the National Air and Space Museum, please email NASMInternships@si.edu.  

We have offered internships in areas such as aviation or space history, planetary science, collections management, digital experience, exhibit and graphic design, communications, budget and finance, or education, and more. Students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

Fall 2017 Internship: Collections

Project Title: Collections Processing – Garber Move Team

Project Description: The National Air and Space Museum’s Garber Move Team is working on a multi-year project to move all small and medium sized artifacts from the Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland to new storage space at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in this project and learn about the complexities of a large collection move.

The intern will learn about all aspects of collections management including: correct artifact handling, creation and design of interior and exterior storage mounts, creation of handling trays, packing of objects for transportation and  long term storage, updating information in The Museum System,  and assisting with the review of registration data as it impacts the move.

Major or Academic Background: Applicants should be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s program in Museum Studies or a related subject.

Location: Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland

When:. Fall 2017. Proposed internship dates of September 4 to November 24. Exact dates can be flexible depending on intern’s availability.  

Hours:  A full-time intern is preferred, but part-time interns will also be considered.

Stipend: Full-time interns receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends are calculated depending on the number of hours worked.

If you would like to apply for this internship, please email the following information to NASMInternships@si.edu with Collections Processing Internship in the subject line:

  • One to two page Statement of Purpose detailing why you are a good fit for this internship and how it will help advance your academic and/or career goals
  • Resume, detailing educational background and previous experience
  • What dates you are available and how many hours per week you are available to intern

Application Deadline: June 23