Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of part-time and full-time positions!
Full-Time Virtual Internship
February 14 – May 27, 2022
The Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) within the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) exist is to strengthen the capabilities and sustainability of historical, cultural, and art institutions focused on the African American and African Diaspora, which is done through collaborations with museum service organizations, professional associations, and related organizations. OSP delivers far-reaching and transformative support for under-resourced organizations on a regional, national, and international level; connects and builds awareness about the work of its participating institutions; and provides access to training and resources that support and advance leaders and field-wide best practices through these collaborations and partnerships.
Interpretive Planning/Digital Programming Intern will join the planning teams for multiple 2022 initiatives and assist in their development. OSP will launch a suite of hybrid interpretive programs including a new professional development training on Urban Environmentalism, in collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum and a relaunch of the NMAAHC Ethical Interpretation Workshop, a signature program of NMAAHC’s OSP. Additional projects will include the development of a series of virtual professional development programs for the Community of Practice that has actively developed around the field of ethical interpretation as well as pan-Smithsonian programming with the Material Culture Forum in commemoration of the Institution’s 175 anniversary. The intern will be primarily responsible for research and administrative tasks related to these topics/programs. Internship may include some invitational travel to Charleston, SC and Washington, DC as Smithsonian travel restrictions under COVID allow.
Duties Include (but are not limited to):
- Assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of our signature Ethical Interpretation Workshop and launch of new Urban Environmentalism training.
- Provide logistical and administrative support for the planning of interdepartmental and/or pan-Smithsonian initiatives, to include virtual and in-person programming for the Smithsonian Material Culture Forum (MCF)
- Support the development of related interpretive program materials.
- Research effective methods of program facilitation and audience engagement techniques.
- Attend virtual cross-departmental meetings, workshops, and special events.
- Observe Museum leadership and strategic planning initiatives.
- Assist OSP with on-going internal projects and initiatives, which may include assisting with the creation of OSP digital assets (webpage content, Community of Practice portal, contact database management, creating survey and evaluation templates)
For more details please see website at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will offer available internships as either virtual (online and remote) or hybrid (virtual with the opportunity for 1-2 days onsite a week as scheduled) experiences to meet current health and safety guidelines set forth by the Smithsonian Institution.