Paid Internships at National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted: January 22, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Robert F. Smith Internship Program at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Internships will provide guided learning experiences consisting of hands-on training, mentoring, attendance at educational events, and cultivation of contacts for the next generation of researchers, scholars, curators, and other museum, library, preservation, and heritage professionals – individuals who will assume the mantle of identifying, documenting, curating, and digitizing treasured artifacts that reflect African American history and culture.

  • Internships are 12 weeks in the summer
  • 35-40 hours per week


Internship Benefits:

  • $600 per week stipend to defray living expenses during the tenure of the appointment
  • Additional need-based housing and transportation stipends of $150 per week are available. Students qualify by selecting their need to pay rent during their term on the application.
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Structured mentorship opportunities both within the Museum and with outside professionals
  • A calendar of professional development seminars catered to the needs of historically underrepresented individuals in the cultural sector
  • Paid registration and travel to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference in Summer 2019
  • Paid professional memberships
  • Academic credit (not required)


Intern Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students (must have completed at least one year of study)
  • Graduate students
  • Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
  • Career-changers in the cultural field less than 2 years
  • Applications from individuals who have had prior internships or fellowships with any unit of the Smithsonian Institution will not be considered.

Summer 2020 opportunities are available in Washington, DC; Tuskegee, AL; Daytona Beach, FL; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Durham, NC; and Pittsburgh, PA. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2020.


For more information including a webinar with an overview of the program and instructions on how to apply, visit the original listing.