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Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Washington, DC

Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, 2019 Summer Internship Program Application Deadline: April 8, 2019 This summer, be a part of a transformational experience that goes beyond just another internship. Through hands-on activities and original research, you will contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women’s voices from the past and present. You will learn to use unique tools for civic engagement and representation in museum and other community spaces. You will develop familiarity and experience with museum practice and American women’s history....

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Summer 2019 internship cycle, due date EXTENDED to April 1, 2019 The museum offers incredible internship experiences in a variety of fields. These opportunities may change each internship season based on the availability of projects in order to ensure meaningful education experiences for all interns. Check out the information below to learn more about upcoming internship opportunities available at the National Museum of American History!We are currently accepting the following applications for the Summer 2019 internship cycle, due EXTENDED April 1: American Food History Project Curatorial...

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Special Events Internship, Summer 2019

The Office of Special Events at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History plans and coordinates over 150 events each year including: exhibition openings, donation ceremonies, staff receptions, donor cultivation events, corporate dinners and receptions, and social events. This internship offers an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace. Our interns are given a great deal of responsibility and permitted the chance to develop their writing...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Meaningful internships offering hands-on experience in the digital preservation of African American history and culture. APPLY BY MARCH 15 Details  $600 per week stipend  Need-based housing and transportation subsidy  12 weeks (35–40 hours per week)  Professional development seminars  Structured mentorship  Opportunities in Washington, DC, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida & Pennsylvania Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Sign up online to attend an informational webinar February 5 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide an overview of the internship...

Cold War International History Project, Wilson Center, Washington, DC

The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources. It also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars...

Mount Vernon, Historic Trades, Mt. Vernon, VA

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With a focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th century history, agriculture, and industry. After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff. Benefits Live on the grounds of...

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

A wealth of opportunities for History majors are available through the numerous entities of the Smithsonian Institution.  Deadlines for summer internship applications vary by museum, but most are early in the calendar year, January through March.  See the Smithsonian central internships website to explore the possibilities and find application details....

The Civil War Trust, Washington, DC

The Civil War Trust provides students interested in history and conservation with outstanding opportunities to work on meaningful projects and gain perspective on dynamics of an efficient, top-rated nonprofit organization. The Trust offers paid part-time internships in our Washington, D.C. office, up to 30 hours per week, in three typical terms: Spring (January–May), Summer (May–August) and Fall (August–December). Successful candidates may be able to arrange for varied tenures, depending on availability. While we strive to accommodate the schedules of qualified candidates, the selection...

The Town of Haymarket Museum, Haymarket, VA (near Greenville & Manassas)

The Town of Haymarket Museum is pleased to offer short and long-term internships to college students. Internships are unpaid, but provide a wide variety of learning and research opportunities for History, Art History, Public Relations and Communications majors. The following positions are available starting May 1, 2016 through November, 2016: ---Research Assistant to museum director. ---Museum Docent – welcome visitors and act as interpretative guide for exhibits. ---Exhibit and Set-up Assistant – work with other team members to help plan and set-up special exhibits. ---Website and Social...

Marine Corps History Division Paid Internships, Quantico, Virginia

The History Division, United States Marine Corps, offers internship opportunities for college students to learn while working on a historical project. The program's intent is to give promising and talented students meaningful work and a learning experience. The History Division offers internships in four areas. They are: reference historians (servicing information requests from public and official sources); historical writing (primarily researching material to support writing projects, largely in primary source collections, although opportunities to compose original pieces are presented);...

Clarke County Historical Association, Berryville, VA

The Clarke County Historical Association in Berryville, VA (Clarke is one of the three northern-most counties in VA) has a range of internship projects available for crafting a rich internship experience, including work in exhibitions, cataloging, and education. In addition to an archives collection, they have a museum with "specially commissioned art work, and state-of-the-art audio/video displays." They also have "one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country," a National Register Historical Landmark where interns can learn to mill flour! For more information,...

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Each year, the Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes dozens of undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn more about various aspects of archival, preservation, and conservation work. Internships are offered throughout the year, and internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for spring, summer, and fall positions. Consult the Smithsonian Internship website for general information on the Institution’s internships. Internships can vary in length and are offered in a wide variety of activities such as: archival arrangement and description; conservation and...

Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum Summer Internship Program offers an opportunity for college and university students to gain work experience in a wide variety of disciplines. Interns learn firsthand about the historic artifacts and archival materials housed in the Museum and study the scientific and technological advances they represent. Each year, positions are available in a variety of Museum areas such as aircraft restoration, aviation or space history, planetary science, collections management, web and new media, exhibit and graphic design, public relations, budget and finance,...

Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Interns complete projects using the resources of the NMAI and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field. Interns are selected by a review committee made up of five NMAI staff. Approximately twenty-five percent of applicants are accepted for internships during any...

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, Washington, DC

The US World War 1 Centennial Commission was set up by Congress to provide opportunities to the people of the United States to learn about the history of World War I, the United States’ involvement in that war, and the war’s effects on the remainder of the 20th century, and to commemorate and honor the participation of the United States and its citizens in the war effort. [Pub. L. 112-272, Section 2(7), Jan. 14, 2013] The World War I Centennial Commission is a volunteer-based organization. Our interns are our only full-time assets. Due to this unique structure our interns become the...

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country’s leading non-profit dedicated to helping people save places that matter, is seeking a spring and summer semester intern. The Public Affairs Intern will be an integral part of the public affairs team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He/she will assist with high-profile programs, media relations and daily operations in a fast-paced public affairs department. Interns have flexibility to create and execute independent projects based on their interests. This is a paid internship offering a $3,000 stipend along with the...

Historic Preservation, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC

Historic Preservation, Congressional Cemetery – Intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist with the management, preservation, archival documents, and data bases of the 207 year old Congressional Cemetery. It is both a historic and active cemetery with robust interest by historians, family descendants, and other researchers. Several on-site resources provide information on burial plots, vital statistics, business records, family ties, and grave markers. Intern will learn to use and interpret historic burial records, and assist staff and general public with research, update historic...

Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington D.C.

At the Marine Corps Historical Center, Matthew Fitzgerald served as a research assistant in the Reference Section, where he conducted primary source research on particular Marine Corps units and assisted researchers at the Center.

Morgan, Angel and Associates, LCC, Washington D.C.

Georgia Hancock gained a post-graduation internship with Morgan, Angel and Associates, LLC, in Washington, DC, where she could apply her interest in Native American history, environmental issues, and law prior to applying to law school.

Library of Congress American Folklife Center, Washington D.C.

At the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, Ellen Donnelly worked on the Veteran’s History Project which is collecting, archiving, and preserving the stories and experiences of American veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf Wars.

CIA Museum, Washington D.C.

Andrew Robarge interned at the CIA Museum which is housed within the headquarters of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC, and is thus not open to the public.

US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA

Uyen Ta, undergraduate History major and Asian studies minor, interned with the United States Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, where she used her history skills to research and write two papers—one on China’s relations with Southeast Asian nations generally, and the other on China’s relations with Vietnam specifically since 1975. Uyen’s papers will serve as background readings for Area Studies courses taught at the Foreign Service Institute. Uyen also prepared a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on Vietnam for ongoing use in the training courses...

Smithsonian Institution Women’s Council, Washington D.C.

At the Smithsonian Institution Women’s Council in Washington, DC, Kristen Lowe completed an internship in conjunction with the Political Science Department’s Washington International Semester Program. She researched and developed information and outreach materials on women’s history globally, women in film, and relevant DC-area events in observance of Women’s History Month. She wrote for, and helped lay out and produce, the Council’s quarterly newsletter. She organized brown bag lunch lecture events for Smithsonian employees and helped organize and document the national Take Our Daughters...

Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA

Amanda Bowman, undergraduate history major, earned a competitive internship for the Summer of 2006 at George Washington's Mount Vernon, where she worked as a costumed interpreter at the Pioneer Farm site and the Hands-On History tent and learned to use eighteenth-century tools and techniques in the treading barn and fields. Amanda also researched and wrote a report on the slave garden that formed part of Washington's original plantation. In the summer of 2005, Samantha Dorsey also earned a competitive internship at Mount Vernon, where she worked as a costumed...

National Park Service’s Museum Resource Center, Landover, MD

When Ashlyn Paul interned at the National Park Service's Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland, her duties sent her all around the Washington, DC area. During her internship, she helped with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, updated the database for Natural History, and worked with artifacts from the C&O Canal. She also assisted in tours, setting up projects for visiting curators, and processing collection artifacts for storage.

Bartoli, Cian & Matthews PLLC, Alexandria, VA

Kate McFarland interned at Bartoli Cain & Matthews PLLC in Alexandria, where she participated in the workings of a major law firm. Kate helped prepare written documents and deposition summaries and corresponded with clients.

Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA

The Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA (http://www.armyhistory.org/) typically has internship opportunities available in a range of fields, including: History, Government Affairs, Marketing, Design, and Communications. The Foundation offers flexible hours, various levels of reimbursement, and a relaxed, but professional work environment.   Interns are often given the unique opportunity to work closely in conjunction with Campaign officials in efforts to advance the National Army Museum project. To learn about internship opportunities for summer 2014, please contact Matt Seelinger...

NRA National Firearms Museum

Matthew Sharpe interned at the National Rifle Association/The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. Matt contributed to the museum's inventory records, helped with museum design and exhibit fabrication, aided in packing collections, and maintained communications with 120 affiliated gun clubs. He also assisted with the design and development of the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest, housed at the NRA's Whittington Center in Raton, New...

Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in an arts management career are encouraged to apply for a summer internship at Strathmore. The Internship Program at Strathmore is designed to provide a professional and meaningful experience in arts management for students who wish to pursue further study or employment in the not-for-profit arts field. Funding is available. The internship lasts approximately 12 weeks, May through August of 2014. Applications are due no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. Internships may be based in any of the following departments: marketing and...

U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin. Museum

History Major Sean Brown (right) completed an internship at the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, Virginia where he worked on preserving and archiving the Museum’s 13,000+ photograph collection. He also helped to research future exhibits, develop museum display cases, and rehouse artifacts including numerous illicit drugs dating to the 1920s, opium pipes from the Vietnam War, and confiscated goods from drug...

National Archives

Undergraduate student Alex Sitts (standing in middle of top row at left) worked as an Archives Technician at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington D.C., where he handled documents for researchers. He also helped to update the current documents into an electronic database to make the materials easier to access. NARA preserves and provides access to the records of the United...