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.

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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. Sign up to receive notifications about internship opportunities at the National Air and Space Museum.

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 2018 Internships

The application for our Fall 2018 internships will be open until Sunday, September 9. To apply, create a SOLAA account. Add a new application, select “National Air and Space Museum” under Office/Museum/Research Center, then National Air and Space Museum Academic Year Internship program.

Deadline: Sunday, September 9.

The internships available this fall are:

Video Production

The intern will work with the Interactive Media and Outreach production team to produce videos for the interactive webcast, STEM in 30, as well as for the website. This will include editing of pre-taped video, filming and editing new pieces, and the production of live programming on the museum floor. The intern will get an opportunity to product content that is immediately published through different National Air and Space Museum channels. The intern will edit video packages, film and produce video packages, and produce live programming on the floor of the Museum.

Major or Academic Background: Video production, film, or media production majors are preferred.

Additional Skills:  The intern should be proficient with video editing (Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier preferred) and video production including videography lighting and audio

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Hours: Part time or full time

When: Fall 2018. October start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time status.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.  

Digital Asset Management

The National Air and Space Museum is initiating a ‘behind the scenes’ social media campaign to share stories and images of collection preservation activities from the 1990s to the late 2000s. The intern will scan prints, add metadata, upload files to the Smithsonian’s Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), and post images on social media sites. In addition, the intern will work with photography teams on new artifact photography to provide contemporary context.

The intern will work closely with the Digitization office to prepare and optimize digital images and expanding our ‘behind the scene’ social media campaign. The intern will have an opportunity to help design social media stories and videos featuring behind-the-scenes object photography.

Learning goals of the internship include:

  • Gain experience creating social media videos based on artifact photography.
  • Gain experience designing social media campaigns.
  • Gain experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
  • Gain experience with digital content management and quality assurance.
  • Gain experience with image metadata editing, standards, and digital asset management.
  • Learn how to photograph museum objects.
  • Learn how to apply analytics and audience evaluation to content creation.
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Major or Academic Background: Applicable majors include: museum studies, digital media, photography, information management, library and information science, digital curation, history, journalism, or education.  

Additional Skills:  Experience with scanning, processing photos, and using image editing software. Experience using digital asset management software.

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Hours: Part time or full time

When: Fall 2018. October start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time status.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.  

Education -- Family Days

This internship is with the Education and Public Engagement Department at the National Air and Space Museum. The Family Days intern will assist the Family Day Coordinator with finding speakers, organizations, and activities that align with the goals and objectives of each particular family day event.  Family days focus on heritage and cultural events to better connect families of all backgrounds with the National Air and Space Museum. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Intern will create educational and engaging activities that meet the goals of a particular family day.
  • Intern will research speakers and organizations that will supplement the family day activities.
  • Intern will gather and assess logical needs for the event, such as tables, chairs, A/V
  • Intern will developi effective communication plans to ensure numerous departments, organizations, and individuals get the same information.

 

Major or Academic Background: Ideal applicants have an interest in museum education and have a background in education, communication, event coordination, or visitor services.

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC or Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, depending on preference of intern.

Hours: Part time or full time (20 to 40 hours per week)

When: Fall 2018. October start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time status.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.  

Education -- Middle School Programs

The intern will work with the Education and Public Engagement department in the development of a new middle school program, which aims to reach 50,000 middle school students through on-site programming in the first year. The intern will conduct research and develop ideas with the middle school programs team to better engage students who visit the Museum and reach students in classrooms in under-resourced schools across the country.

 

Major or Academic Background: Ideal applicants have an interest in museum education and have a background in education, communication, event coordination, or visitor services.

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and/or Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in VA.

Hours: Part time or full time

When: Fall 2018. October start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time status.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.  

Education -- Teacher Innovator Institute

This internship is with the Education and Public Engagement Department at the National Air and Space Museum. The intern will work on the Teacher Innovator Institute (TII), a professional development program at the Museum that welcomes thirty middle school STEAM teachers from across the country each year. Teachers remain with the program for 2-3 years, coming back to the Museum for consecutive summers to build on their practice and continue to work with their cohort. TII strives to incorporate informal education practices and problem-based learning into the middle school STEAM curriculum by using Museum resources to model a variety of techniques, including inquiry learning, object based learning and project based learning. Along with their in-person professional development each summer, teachers will connect via videoconference at least twice a year and create photo journals throughout the school year.

The intern will be assisting with planning and logistics around the 2018-2019 Teacher Innovator Institute. Much of the work will be coordinating with intern supervisor and communicating with the current class of teachers as well as preparing application information and planning videoconferences with the current cohort. Intern will also have a hand in designing content for the summer 2019 program and reviewing applications for the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • The intern will increase their collaboration and communication skills and be better able to work as part of a small program planning team. They will be responsible for updates to the schedule and sending monthly communications to the 2018 teacher cohort.
  • The intern will co-plan and facilitate an interactive video conference with the 2018 TII cohort and oversee logistics during the conference.
  • The intern will create a system for tracking completed applications and assist in reviewing a percentage of the applications. .

 

Major or Academic Background: Ideal applicants studied education, museum studies, or museum education. 

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, with some days at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in VA if the intern is able.

Hours: Part time or full time (ideally 32 hours per week). Some weekend or evening work may be required.

When: Fall 2018. October start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time status.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.