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.

Spring 2018: Now Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for a number of internships for Spring 2018. Full details about each opportunity can be found below. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19

How to Apply: You must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system. To apply on SOLAA, create a new application in the National Air and Space Museum Academic Year Internship program. On the Program Choices page of the application, rank between one and three Project Choices you are interested in based on the names below.

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. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are optional.

If you have any questions about the Spring 2018 internship opportunities or application process, please email NASMInternships@si.edu.

Advancement and Fundraising

Project Description: The intern will assist with the Museum’s membership program, the National Air and Space Society (NASS), and the Wall of Honor, serving as the front-line contact for members, gaining introductory skills interacting with members, donors, and Museum stakeholders and gaining experience maintaining a pan-institutional development database. The intern will also research the membership programs of other organizations to make recommendations on how NASS can expand its communication with members.  The intern will also learn about donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, and prospect/donor research. The intern will gain experience interacting with donors, use tools to determine best practices for fundraising units, and learn from a successful fundraising unit.

Major or Academic Background: Graduate students preferred. Museum studies, nonprofit management, business, etc.

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

When: Spring 2018. Mid-January start date; length of internship depends number of hours worked per week

Hours: Part-time.

Stipend: Interns working 20 hours per week will receive a stipend of $275 per week. Stipends for interns working other hours will be calculated depending on number of hours worked.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Astronomy Education

Project Description: The National Air and Space Museum is seeking a full- or part-time Astronomy Education intern. The intern will learn about astronomy education and communicating astronomy to the public as he/she conducts daily programming in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory and astronomy-related galleries.  The intern will help research, develop, and/or revise astronomy hands-on activities that reflect educational best practices, to help train volunteers and staff to have engaging and effective conversations about science with the visitors.  The intern will run daily programming conducted by volunteers and student staff. The intern may maintain equipment and supplies and update digital content for the Public Observatory and astronomy-related galleries. The intern will also help research and develop a long-term evaluation plan for regular programming at the Public Observatory.

Major or Academic Background: Astronomy, physics, earth science, space-related topics, or education. Ideal candidates have knowledge and interest in astronomy and/or planetary science, experience with teaching about astronomy or science, science writing experience.

Location: The intern will be stationed at the National Air and Space Museum location in Washington, DC, with possible assignments to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

When: Spring 2018. Mid-January start date. Length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status.

Hours: A full-time intern is preferred, though applicants available part-time will be considered. Applicants must be available at least two days (including one weekend day) during programming hours (11:30 am to 3:30 pm).

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Project Description: This project consists of processing raw image data from the Galileo spacecraft and creating 15-20 mosaics of some of the highest resolution images to facilitate a larger scale project studying the formation of ridges across the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The ISIS (Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers) software package will be the primary tool to complete this work. The steps for processing these images and creating the mosaics will be documented into a handbook for use by the planetary science community.

At the completion of this project, the student will have a familiarity with fundamental image processing skills that are necessary for facilitating planetary science. A student who is interested in pursuing planetary science will be required to develop these skills early in their career and this is an opportunity to focus on acquiring this skill. The intern will gain a deeper understanding of remotely sensed data and how it is stored, archived, and manipulated.

Major or Academic Background: Computer science, geology, geography earth science, astronomy, and physics majors would be a good fit for this project, though students from all majors will be considered.

Additional Skills: An ideal candidate will have strong computer skills, resourcefulness, problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently.

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. However, if a student has the appropriate resources to run the required software and commits to the required hours, he/she has the option of working remotely some of the time. There will be an expectation that he/she commits to regularly scheduled on-site meeting times to discuss progress.

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Note: Letters of recommendation are preferred for the CEPS internship, though not required.

Collections Processing (in Suitland, Maryland)

Project Description: The National Air and Space Museum’s Conservation Assessment Survey Team is working on a multi-year project to assess the condition of small and medium sized artifacts currently housed at the Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland. This is in preparation for the move of these artifacts to new storage space at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The intern will have the opportunity of participating in the project to learn about condition assessments and material identification as well as gaining an overview of the Garber move project.

The intern will learn about all aspects of collections management including: condition reporting, correct artifact handling, creation and design of interior and exterior storage mounts, creation of handling trays,  updating information in The Museum System (TMS), and assisting with the review of registration data as it impacts the survey team.

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, such as conservation.

Additional Skills: Artifact handling, awareness of collections management database systems, ability to work well in a team environment and independently, knowledge and skills in creating interior and exterior storage mounts, and familiarity with power tools.

Location: Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland

When: Spring 2018. This is a 20-week/five month internship.

Hours: This is a full-time (40 hours per week) internship.

Stipend: The intern will receive a stipend of $11,000 for the 20-week internship.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Digital Video Archiving

Project Description: The intern will work with the Interactive Media and Outreach department to learn the current workflow of the department’s media editing lab and analyze and suggest better approaches to workflow. The intern will identify and resolve problems with projects in-progress, archive completed projects, and identify and collect final products and distribute to all appropriate destinations. The intern will also research and suggest available products/software that will allow more efficient future processes. The intern will also assist with video productions as needed.

Major or Academic Background: Digital Archive Studies, Video and Film Production, Museum Studies majors are preferred.

Additional Skills:  The intern should have comprehensive digital media skills, including digital file management, understanding of distribution on networks, understanding of non-linear video editing, digital project management, and digital record-keeping.

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

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Exhibits/Graphic Design

Project Description: The intern will work with the Museum’s Exhibits Design department to create graphics for signage, posters, brochures, and exhibits. The intern will learn how the exhibit design process works, how exhibitions are made, how to prepare graphics packages for production, and what other departments at the Museum do and how the Exhibits Design department interacts with them.

Major or Academic Background: Graphic design, advertising design, package design, or related majors.

Additional Skills:  Intern should have skill in using the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, and skill in the use of typography.

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

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Project Management

Project Description: The intern will mentor with a team of project managers of varying experience levels to better understand museum project management operations, general project management skills, and museum operations for a complex museum system. He/she will work with various project teams to facilitate timely research, cost estimates, and various other project management tasks.

The intern will be exposed to the Life Cycle Project Management process in several medium and small projects in different stages of development and will learn the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBok) process. The intern will provide on-demand research for a wide variety of needs including market research for material and costs, standard operating procedures of comparable organizations, and general investigations for all project delivery teams.

Major or Academic Background: Project Management, Architecture, Business Management, or Exhibit Design majors may be the best fit for this internship, but all majors will be considered. 

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

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Registrar and Collections Management

Project Description: The intern will gain experience in creating exhibit records in the TMS (The Museum System) collections database. The intern will review paper and electronic documentation related to historic National Air and Space Museum exhibits and create digital records for these exhibits with the Museum’s TMS collections database. The intern will gain familiarity with museum registration processes and exhibit documentation standards, and will receive hands-on experience with a commonly used collections database.

Major or Academic Background: Graduate students in Museum Studies would be preferred, but applicants from related fields will be considered.

Additional Skills:  Familiarity with museum registration and collections management, either practical or through their studies.

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

When: Spring 2018. Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: Part time or full time.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $5500. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours worked.  

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Space History

Project Description: The interns will work on two projects in the Department of Space History: the Moving Beyond Earth exhibitions and the Mutual Concerns conference. Moving Beyond Earth is the Museum’s human spaceflight gallery that explores the history of the space shuttle, ISS, and the future. It examines issues of accessing space, spacecraft design, workforce diversity, living and working in space, science research, and developing a long-duration human presence in space. The intern will help with research, image collection, editing, and other changes to the current exhibition including object research and documentation. He/she should be independent workers who are comfortable in a team setting.

When possible, the intern will also to assist the curator in organizing the program/agenda for the upcoming gathering of air and space museums in Tucson, Arizona. The intern will maintain a roster of session proposals, arrange conference calls with the program committee, and help edit documents to be distributed at the conference.

Major or Academic Background: American history, American studies, material culture, or museum studies students are preferred, though applications from other disciplines will be considered.

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

When: Early to mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Video Production

Project Description: 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

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: This internship can be part-time or full-time.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.

Visitor Services (At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia)

Project Description: This internship is with the Visitor Services Division, which is responsible for implementing Visitor Services Programs for daily visitor operations and activities in the public areas of the Museum.  The intern will assist with the day-to-day management of the Visitor Services program, including customer service, scheduling, coordinating support services, and dissemination of information concerning facilities use. Specific duties include:

  • Assisting with Visitor Services volunteer training and helping present materials to groups of new volunteers.
  • Learning and utilizing EVANS volunteer management software for tracking volunteer trends and activity.
  • Researching and writing proposals for ideas to improve the museum and/or Visitor Services.
  • Managing and overseeing volunteers at the Welcome Center.
  • Assisting with museum programs, such as concerts, lectures, and family days.
  • Supporting the Health and Safety program by drafting communications such as articles, bulletins, and training resources. 
  • Independently completing a specific project or projects.

 

Major or Academic Background: Communications, history, education, social studies, political science, foreign language or museum studies majors preferred, though students from other disciplines will be considered.

Additional Skills: Customer service, communication, problem solving, quick decision making.

Location: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

When: Mid-January start date; length of internship depends on full-time or part-time status

Hours: Full-time preferred, also willing to consider part-time applicants

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19.