Summer Internship Program

Summer 2018 application deadline extended to February 19!

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, February 19. 

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.

Each year, positions are available in areas such as aviation or space history, planetary science, digital experience, exhibit and graphic design, communications, and education. Students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

During the 10-week program, each intern is assigned a supervisor and works on an internship project and other tasks. In addition to their projects, interns also frequently meet as a group for presentations, professional development opportunities, enrichment activities, and tours. Full details about the summer internship program can be found below. 

Discover what internships we're offering this year below, and learn more about each project.

Fast Facts

Length: 10 weeks, full-time
2018 Dates: May 29 to August 3
Location: Washington, DC Metro Area 
Stipend: $5,500
2018 Application Open: January 15 to February 19
Questions? Email: 

Available Internships in 2018

This year's internship projects can be found below.  Learn more about each project. You will indicate you top three projects on your SOLAA application. 

At the Museum in Washington, DC

  • Curatorial and Archival Internships:
  • Aeronautics Research: Cold War in the Air (Curatorial)
  • Space History Research: Moving Beyond Earth (Curatorial)
  • Education Internships:
  • Astronomy Education
  • Middle School STEAM Education
  • Museum Management and Operations Internships:
  • Advancement and Fundraising
  • Visitor Services
  • Planetary Research Internships:
  • Analyzing Radar Datasets of the Moon and Venus (CEPS Research)
  • Wind Features on Mars and Science Outreach (CEPS Research)
  • Venusian Impact Ejecta (CEPS Research)
  • Strategic, Digital, and Visual Communications Internships:
  • Communications
  • Digital Content Creator (Written)
  • Digital Graphics Producer
  • Exhibit and Graphic Design
  • Digital Video Archiving
  • Video Production

At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

    • Education Internships:
    • Aerospace Education
    • Middle School Programs (Education)
    • Engaging Girls in STEM (Education)
    • Museum Management and Operations Internships:
    • Visitor Services

    At the Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland

    • Collections Internships:
    • Collections Processing
    • Exhibits Production Internships:
    • Fabricating Museum Exhibits and Signage

    How to Apply

    Applications will be accepted until February 19, 2018. Interns will be notified of the status of their application by April 1.

    The National Air and Space Museum Summer Internship Program application must be submitted via 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

    Please indicate your top three projects on your SOLAA application. If you have questions about filling out the application, please see our SOLAA tips


      Where does this internship take place?
      Many interns work at the Museum in Washington, DC, but others work at the nearby Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, or the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland.

      When does the internship program take place?
      The 2018 Summer Internship Program will run from May 29 to August 3, 2018. Interns work full-time, 40 hours a 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?
      We provide a $5,500 stipend to help interns defray expenses. This stipend is administered in intervals during 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 U.S. are welcome! More information for international interns is available on the intern orientation website.

      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).

      • Spirit of St. Louis Conservation

        2015 intern Chris Reddersen assists in conservation of the Spirit of St. Louis.

      • Education Outreach Interns

        Education Outreach interns Celeste Zabowski and Brendan Fay film for an episode of the webcast series “STEM in 30.”

      • Interns with NASA Astronaut

        2013 interns pose with NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn.

      • Intern Farewell Lunch

        2015 interns gather for a group photo at the Farewell Lunch.

      • Jim Guyette Talks to Interns

        Retired Rolls-Royce North America CEO and Chairman of the National Air and Space Museum Board Jim Guyette talks to the 2014 interns about success.

      • Collections Intern

        2014 Collections intern Melissa Miller works with a model aircraft at the Paul E. Garber Center.

      • Interns Tour NASA Goddard

        2015 interns tour the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.