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.

Current opportunities:

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 or Udvar-Hazy Center in VA

Hours: Part time or full time. Some weekend or evening work may be required.

When: Spring 2019. January start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time.

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.  

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 18

How to Apply:

You must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system:

  • Create an account at https://solaa.si.edu
  • Add a new application
  • Select “National Air and Space Museum” under Office/Museum/Research Center.
  • Select National Air and Space Museum Academic Year Internship program.
  • On Program Choices page, select “Education – Teacher Innovator Institute”
  • Fill out application and submit

Complete applications must include a resume and 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.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please email NASMInternships@si.edu.