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Study of the American Experience

The Starr Center was pleased to offer internships at the following institutions during the summer of 2018. Please continue to check back as 2019 internship opportunities will be added in the coming weeks.


  • American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

    American Philosophical Society

    Philadelphia, PA

    The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, support of young scholars, publications, library resources, a museum and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.

    Digital Projects Internship
    The Center for Digital Scholarship promotes the holdings of the APS Library through digitization, digital humanities, and the development of tools and software. We partner with scholars, institutions, and students from across the country. In addition to digitization, the Center for Digital Scholarship creates galleries to highlight APS Library material. Integrated within the Digital Library, the galleries offer a variety of ways to interact with the material in the APS collections. Many of the galleries are built as part of internship projects, and represent a commitment to work with interns to develop digital library skills and library outreach. Examples of our recent galleries can be found here.

    The summer internship is an opportunity to learn more about digital scholarship, digital librarianship, and to gain hands-on experience developing a digital humanities project.

    Working closely with Center for Digital Scholarship staff, the Intern will help design and develop a digital gallery project using materials from the Victor George Heiser Papers held at the APS Library. Heiser, a preeminent public health physician, spent much of his career traveling the world fighting diseases such as cholera, smallpox, bubonic plague, and leprosy. This project will focus on a unique scrapbook that documents Heiser’s time working as a sanitary expert for the American Red Cross Commission to Italy during the First World War.

    The Intern will be involved in all aspects of the project, collaborating with staff to digitize selected materials, conduct background research, compose text for digital exhibition, and explore ways to present newly digitized material to the public.

    Over the course of the summer, the Intern will

    • Handle rare manuscripts,
    • Gain experience digitizing unique library holdings,
    • Gain experience with a variety of digital tools,
    • Contribute to a digital humanities project,
    • Assist in the promotion of the project via social media posts,
    • Conduct background research and contribute text for a digital gallery.
  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

    The Andy Warhol Museum
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Education and Interpretation Intern
    The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, which includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Science Center. Here, visitors experience the art, life, and times of Andy Warhol, one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. The permanent collection includes more than 10,000 works of art in media from paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs to films, videos, and audio recordings.  The Warhol opened in 1994 to serve not only as the global keeper of Andy Warhol’s legacy, but also as a forum where diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public can be inspired through creative interaction with Andy Warhol’s life and art.

    More than a museum, The Warhol is committed to public engagement. Through its collections, exhibitions, and dynamic outreach programming, The Warhol has a long-standing mission to develop partnerships with disenfranchised and underrepresented audiences. The museum has earned national recognition for its innovative artist-in-residence and youth programs in city schools and under-served neighborhoods. These initiatives are designed to empower youth by exploring contemporary issues of personal relevance through art making and understanding of Warhol’s creative process. In addition, the museum develops innovative accessible gallery experiences for visitors of all abilities and backgrounds, utilizing both traditional and technological approaches.


    • Conduct research about prospective and current audiences for Warhol Education
    • Assist with preparation and delivery of gallery-based, studio, and off-site education programs
    • Assist with implementation of evaluation and assessment activities for education programs, including data collection, analysis, and visualization of findings
    • Assist with research, fact-checking, and digitization activities for online lessons and resources
  • Apollo Theater, New York, NY

    The Apollo Theater

    New York, New York

    About the Apollo Theater

    Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater through the Apollo Experience of world-class live performances and education programs that honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists; and advance emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media.

    Apollo Theater Education Program

    The Apollo Theater Education Programs extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.

    Oral History Intern

    The Apollo Theater Education Program works in partnership with three New York City schools conducting oral history programs. Working in conjunction with a classroom teacher, each of the programs provides students with a perspective of 20th century history through the living lens of those who have experienced it first-hand. We engage students with activities that teach them to collect oral history interviews; students then translate the interview content into new media, visual, or performing arts presentations.

    The intern would have the opportunity to engage with our audio and video interview archives in a variety of ways, including transcribing, archiving, organizing and creating pod casts and/or video presentations.

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA

    George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Mount Vernon, VA

    Education Department Intern
    One of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and immersive programs honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.

    The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington serves to increase scholarship in and access to the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington.  The Education Department focuses specifically on providing resources and training for K12 educators and their students nationwide.  The Education Department intern develops content for and provides access to these target audiences.  Primary initiatives will strengthen the Residential Program alumni and Mount Vernon Master Educator nation-wide network that supports teachers to implement Mount Vernon’s mission in their communities.   Other projects will support of the Summer Residential Program and the creation of new digital resources for the education website. 

    Position Responsibilities:
    * Research and report on Mount Vernon Master Educator program engagement and impact
    * Create and provide connections and resources for residential program alumni
    * Assist with the advanced preparation, execution, and evaluation for summer residential teacher programs.
    * Assist with creating digital resources for teachers and students

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in education, public history, museum studies, museum education, history, or a related field; skilled in written and oral communication; strong organizational skills; ability to track several projects simultaneously and to prioritize workload;  strong interpersonal skills; completely proficient with Microsoft Office programs; experience working, teaching, or studying with varied primary sources (documents, images, objects, place, etc…)

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, NY

    Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

    New York, New York

    About the Gilder Lehrman Collection
    The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.

    Archival Intern
    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual for an Internship to assist in making our materials more accessible to the public. The internship will provide instruction on creating transcriptions, digital images, database records, and item tracking. These skills are essential for those looking to work with archival documents.

    Transcription:  Create word-processed transcriptions of archival documents
    Conduct background research
    Draft historical introductions when necessary
    Digital imaging: Scan archival materials using Epson flatbed scanner
    Process images and apply metadata
    Attach images in PastPerfect Collection Management Software
    File management for digital images
    Collection Management: Review original documents and compare records to database records, update record with new or corrected information, attach barcode labels to folders and boxes, assist with educational and public programs

    Essential Skills & Abilities:
    Highly organized with close attention to detail
    Excellent written and oral communication skills
    Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Visitor Services Internship
    The internship is administered under the Division of Interpretation, Education, & Partnerships at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
    This National Historical Park is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation’s history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

    Interns greet and guide thousands of visitors toward a positive National Park experience. The internship involves a general study of 19th century American history but focuses on the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area, including John Brown, Civil War, African American history, Industrial history, Transportation history and Landscape history.

    Interns live and work in a unique, historic park and town setting where they gain valuable National Park Service career-building experience. Shared park housing is included at no charge.

    *Read all assigned research materials.
    *Develop an accurate, knowledge of mid­19th century American history.
    *Assist with special events.
    *Research, develop and present interpretive programs.
    *Staff information and visitor center desks.
    *Staff John Brown Museum.
    *Provide informal interpretation to visitors as assigned roving duty.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
    *Strong verbal communication skills.
    *Keen interest in 19th century American History.
    *Ability to perform basic research skills, and organize large amounts of information.
    *Ability to work cooperatively with others in a stressful environment.
    *Ability to follow directions and handle controversial issues with tact and in a professional manner.
    *Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. and work in uneven terrain in varied temperatures and weather conditions.

  • Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown, VA

    Historic Jamestowne

    Jamestown, Virginia

    Education Intern
    Historic Jamestowne is owned and managed through a private/public partnership among the National Park Service, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (Preservation Virginia), and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Historic Jamestowne includes the original site of the 1607 settlement, the archaeological operations of Jamestown Rediscovery, as well as the visitor center and interpretive facilities of the National Park Service.

    Jamestown Rediscovery seeks an education intern for the summer of 2017. The education intern will assist the education department with summertime programs for schools and families at the “Ed Shed” an on-site hands-on activity center.  The education intern will also be expected to research, write, and conduct his or her own archaeological tour for the visiting public at Historic Jamestowne. This position will also provide opportunities to conduct school tours and help the education team develop student-based curriculum for the upcoming school year. This position will provide good entry-level experience in program development, public history, and working with archaeological material found at James Fort, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

  • LGBT Community Center, New York City

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center 
    New York, NY

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBT communities of NYC health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, wellness, parenthood and family support services.

    The LGBT Community Center National History Archive serves to preserve the history of our community and its rich heritage. Founded in 1990 by volunteer archivist Rich Wandel, the Center archive provides a look into the lives and experiences of LGBT people throughout the years. Holdings include a wide range of media from as early as 1920.

    Archives Intern
    The archives intern will work under the guidance of the archivist to process a collection, a multistep project to preserve and make available the records of an individual or organization for research. If you’ve ever done research with primary source materials, now is the chance to see it from the other side. 

    Tasks include: introduction to basic archival practices; researching the background of the collection’s creator; rehousing and arranging the physical materials; creating a finding aid by describing material in the collection management system database; and publishing the finding aid to the website. Other tasks may include migration of audiovisual material for preservation. Special projects introducing the intern to various aspects of archival work are likely, such as assistance with reference services or participation in appraisal.

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC

    Library of Congress

    Washington, DC

    Publishing Intern
    The Library of Congress Publishing Office (LCPO), the headquarters of the Library’s General Publishing Program, produces books (of interest to both general readers and scholars), companion volumes to Library of Congress exhibitions, calendars, “knowledge cards,” postcard books, and other materials based on the Library’s vast and diverse collections and activities. All LCPO publications aim to present engaging text that will draw readers into the many stories comprising the nation’s, and the world’s history. LCPO is located in the James Madison Memorial Building, the newest of the three Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill, across from the U.S. Capitol. For more information about LCPO projects and activities, visit the Publishing Office web page at   http://www.loc.gov/publish/general/ .

    Interns help further the work of the Publishing Office by doing both image and factual research in the Library’s collections - thus becoming familiar with many of the Library’s custodial divisions (Prints and Photographs, Manuscript, Rare Book, etc.) - and in other ways assisting in the development of publishing projects (editing, proofreading, drafting text for captions and other material, etc.). The varied projects for which LCPO is currently developing books and book proposals include works about the history of early baseball as revealed in an LC collection of baseball cards; the work and influence of architect Richard Morris Hunt; the Farm Security Administration’s Depression-era program of documentary photograph and two of its most prominent figures; an illustrated historical atlas regarding the planning, development—and aspirations for—Washington, DC; an illustrated book on the significance of cherry blossoms and the Washington, DC cherry blossom festival; and various publications for younger readers. Some LCPO interns have created their own proposals for publishing projects that have been accepted and pursued. In short, LCPO internships are characterized by variety, flexibility, and creativity.

  • Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

    Maryland State Archives
    Annapolis, Maryland

    Research Intern
    As the historical agency for Maryland, the State Archives is the central depository for government records of permanent value. Records date from the founding of the Maryland colony in 1634 through the beginning of this century. The State Archives identifies, appraises, acquires, describes, preserves, and makes physically and electronically available (in a secure and dynamic environment) the permanent records of Maryland’s past.

    The Archives’ Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for students interested in archival and library science, history, museum studies, and document conservation to gain valuable experience in the field.

    Maryland State Archives - Maryland 400 Research Internship
    This position is for an intern to serve as staff researcher for the Maryland State Archives project, Finding the Maryland 400. The project examines the military and peacetime careers of members of the First Maryland Regiment during the American Revolution. These men were Maryland’s first war heroes, the men who held off the British at the Battle of Brooklyn (sometimes called the Battle of Long Island) in 1776 and allowed the rest of the Continental Army to escape.

    The incumbent will research and write biographies of these soldiers to be published online, utilizing a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Biographies will explore soldiers’ military service, as well as their lives before and after the war, and place them into historical context. Incumbent will also maintain and regularly update the project’s research blog with posts about the project, biographical subjects, and historical topics. To learn more, see the project website: http://msamaryland400.wordpress.com.

  • Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA

    Museum of the American Revolution

    Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution explores the story of the American Revolution using its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters, and large-scale tableaux bring to life the original “greatest generation,” and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The Museum is steps away from Independence Hall. It serves as a portal to the nation’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context and encouraging explorations that begin at the Museum’s doorstep.

    Curatorial Intern
    The Curatorial Intern, as part of the Curatorial Department, will actively support research projects for the Museum’s developing exhibits and educational programs. Through this internship, the intern will gain experience with historical research, exhibit planning, and educational program planning. The intern will conduct research that will be deployed in the Museum’s future exhibits, school and public programs, social media channels, and on its website.

    Core Responsibilities:
    *Conduct historical, historiographic, and object research projects for the Museum’s future exhibits, school and public programs, social media channels, and on its website
    *Gather research in response to external and internal inquiries regarding the Museum’s collections and exhibits
    *Develop and deliver a capstone project at the conclusion of the internship that will be accessible to the Museum’s audiences
    *Perform other duties as assigned

    Should have knowledge of 18th and early 19th century American history and material culture, particularly the American Revolution (preferred)
    *Experience working secondary and primary sources.
    *Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
    *Must have strong organizational skills.
    *Must have ability to pay close attention to detail.
    *Must be able to successfully manage multiple projects at one time.
    *Must work collaboratively in a diverse work environment.

  • National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

    National Archives and Records Administration
    Washington, DC

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1-to-3 percent are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA forever.

    Educational Outreach internships offer an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience for students interested in education, museum studies, public policy, U.S. History, political science or communications.

    Public Programs Internship
    The Education and Public Programs staff in Washington, DC annually produces an average of 100 daytime and evening panel discussions, film programs, author lectures, performances, symposia, and other offerings presented free to the general public.  The programs raise the public profile of the National Archives and significantly contribute to the American citizens’ knowledge of NARA’s mission and holdings.  Recent programs have featured prominent historians, authors, filmmakers, politicians, and other personalities including Laura Bush, Ken Burns, Chris Matthews, Hilary Clinton, Andrew Young, Chef Jose Andres, and the late John Hope Franklin.
    Assist with logistical functions at both day and evening programs including audience entry, seating, and safety; as well as greeting, escorting, and providing assistance to speakers and panelists.  Assist with marketing and promotion (mailings, publications, email blasts, etc.).  Assist with upcoming programs by performing research into NARAs motion picture, photographic, and textual holdings

    Boeing Learning Center Internship
    The Boeing Learning Center is located in Washington, DC and is comprised of two parts: The ReSource Room and the Learning Lab.  The space has several objectives that include providing educators and visitors with methods and materials for using primary sources as teaching tools.  The learning center also offers visitors hands-on opportunities to practice historical thinking skills and work directly with primary sources to learn historical content and introduce them to the holdings of the National Archives. Interns will learn how to develop collections for educational purposes, organize records, and will have the opportunity to work directly with educators, students and members of the general public.  Interns will also have the opportunity to develop new learning activities and pilot them to measure their effectiveness with visitors.  Experience working with people of various age groups and backgrounds is encouraged.

    The ReSource Room: This is a materials headquarters where educators and families can copy document facsimiles and exercises to learn more about what the National Archives has to offer, exchange ideas with others, and where families can participate in on-site Archival Adventures.  The majority of projects in this space involve direct engagement with the public, however, some involve behind the scenes work.
    Develop a series of Featured ReSource Room Activities that can be presented both in the room and on a cart in the exhibits.  Activates should engage multiple learning styles and highlight the records of the National Archives. Engage visitors from the general public in historical inquiry activities. Be familiar with the National Archives online databases to locate records and be able to help visitors find documents of interest. Maintain the ReSource Room and periodically helping perform an inventory of the space

    The Constitution in Action Lab: The Constitution in Action Lab is an interactive field trip that provides an on-site experience related to the U.S. Constitution for middle and high school students in an authentic environment that is linked to pre-visit and post-visit in-class activities.  The projects in this space include both behind the scenes and direct engagement with the public.
    Develop new programs to offer in the labs space to include a larger audience. Assist in facilitating lab experiences for student and teacher groups as well as other government agencies. Research documents for inclusion in the lab through the Archival Research Catalog based on various content themes (i.e. Civil Rights, WWII, etc)

  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

    Center for Civil and Human Rights
    Atlanta, GA

    Marketing and Public Relations Intern
    The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a non-profit world class organization in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.   The Center educates visitors on the American Civil Rights Movement and contemporary global human rights issues, and inspires them to become personally involved.

    Under the supervision and training of the Marketing and Communications staff, the  intern will assist in executing various communications and marketing related projects Including:
    - Assist in the strategic development and maintenance of social media content.
    -Support website maintenance using Wordpress.
    -Assist with developing and editing materials, including e-newsletters, flyers, social media and email
    -Help prepare for meetings, briefings and tours as needed.
    -Ensure press kits are updated and available.
    -Update monthly tracking and evaluation reports.
    -Follow up on calendar and email requests and support scheduling for MarComm Staff.
    -Support photography (shooting and editing) needs
    -Video editing for YouTube
    - Assist in membership communications
    -Audio editing podcast
    -Support evening events as needed.

    - Recommended Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites (illustrator, indesign, photoshop); Excellent oral and written communication skills; Familiarity with web and social media platforms (Wordpress, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Hootsuite, RSS); Strong Attention to detail; Knowledge of civil rights history and contemporary human rights issues; Enthusiasm for working in a fast paced not for profit environment; Developed time management skills and the ability to multi-task.

  • National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

    National Constitution Center
    Philadelphia, PA

    The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is the first museum in the world dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive and multi-media exhibits, artifacts and film.  The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as a hub for national constitutional education, debates, teacher resources and as a home for visiting scholars and experts.

    Exhibition Intern
    The exhibits intern will be assisting the Exhibits Department with its robust schedule of artifact loans, development of upcoming exhibitions, updates of the Center’s permanent exhibition, and other department activities. The student will work closely with the registrar, exhibit developer, exhibit operations, and other professional staff on all aspects of the creation and maintenance of the Center’s exhibitions.

    Duties include:
    *Assisting with artifact and media (photo, audio, video) research as well as writing artifact labels
    *Assisting with loan requests, loan contracts, artifact condition reports and installations, and exhibit maintenance
    *Researching and fact checking content for exhibition elements (multi-media pieces, interactives, artifacts, text panels, etc.)
    *Generating historical background reports for the exhibition team
    *Participating in exhibit development and design brainstorming
    *Other duties as assigned

    The ideal candidate will have an interest in U.S. History, excellent research skills including experience in using artifact and scholarly databases, polished writing skills, and an interest in gaining experience in collections management and exhibition development. Candidates must be enthusiastic, resourceful, and able to work both independently and on a team.

    Visitor Experience and Education Intern
    The Visitor Experience and Education Intern will work with the Director of Visitor Experience, the Museum Programs Manager, and the Training Manager to support and enhance the museum’s visitor programming, including daily programs, civic holidays, and Scout Days.  The Intern will also work with the Director of Education, who focuses on educator resources and maintaining relationships with teachers, on a variety of assignments including clerical assistance, inventory, copyediting, and assisting with participants during events such as National History Day. 

    Duties include:
    *Assist Museum Programs Manager with major national programs such as Constitution Day, Scout Days, and others by preparing collateral and physical items such as crafts supplies
    *Deliver programming and content to visitors inside the Constitution Center’s exhibition spaces
    *Provide research assistance for projects such as Constitution Hall Pass and feature exhibition programming
    *Assist with copyediting and review of internal documents
    *Observe and take minutes during department meetings
    *Other related tasks as assigned

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Washington, DC

    There are two internships available at this institution. Please indicate your preference on your application.

    The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today.


    Curatorial Research Intern “American Cosmos” Exhibition

    The intern will serve as a research assistant to Senior Curator Eleanor Harvey on a project titled “American Cosmos,” an exhibition and book considering the impact of the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt on American art, literature, science, exploration, and politics during the 19th century. Humboldt inspired artists including George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, Frederic Church, and Charles Willson Peale; writers including Poe, Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau; statesmen Thomas Jefferson and Albert Gallatin; western surveyors Clarence King and John Wesley Powell; and abolitionists Wendell Garrison and Frederick Douglass. In short, Humboldt left his fingerprints all over American culture during the 19th century.

    The primary goals for the summer internship are to work with the curator and staff research assistant to assist with primary and secondary research, help maintain an enormous set of research files on individuals, objects, and ideas central to the project, and monitor loan requests for objects in the exhibition.  This assistant will make it possible for the curator to write the book by providing critical research support.

    The ideal candidate will have a basic knowledge of American history and culture between 1800 and 1900, and an interest in the intersection of art and scientific exploration. Curiosity, initiative, and enthusiasm for chasing down research leads is critical. The intern will learn about the process involved in turning research into both an exhibition and a book.


    Curatorial Intern “Artists Respond”
    The intern will work Melissa Ho Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum whose current project is an exhibition opening in March 2019 entitled “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.” The show explores how the American war in Vietnam influenced the course of art practice in the United States during the height of the intervention. An unpopular and divisive conflict, the Vietnam War had pervasive impact on US culture. In visual art, it contributed to a revival of politics and emotion in art-making, and informed the emergence of new genres, including institutional critique, body art and feminist art. The period yielded not only notable works of explicit protest, but many more shot through with themes resonant with the war: themes of violence, power, the vulnerability of the human body, mourning, sacrifice, resistance. This is a large and diverse exhibition, bringing together some 80 works by 58 artists and tracing developments across multiple media and movements, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance; documentary art, installation, and conceptualism.

    This internship is ideal for a candidate with an interest in a career in art museums, and an enthusiasm for American art and history between 1945 and 1980. Over the summer, the focus will turn from producing the exhibition catalogue to developing interpretative materials (such as object and wall labels); planning public programs; creating a PR strategy; and organizing the loans and exhibition installation with colleagues in Registrar, Exhibits and Conservation. A successful candidate will be able to handle complex logistics; have strong writing, editing, and research skills; and be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people, including lenders, galleries, and staff across the museum.

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

    National Museum of American History

    Washington, DC

    Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, we explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. The exhibitions explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day.

    Special Initiatives and Latino History and Culture Intern

    The projects are within the Office of Audience Engagement (OAE.) The mission of the office is: “We use history to create experiences that encourage meaningful conversation, expand perspectives, and inspire learning, innovation and active participation in civic life.  We challenge our audiences to consider their important role in shaping a more humane future”.

    Under the supervision of Magdalena Mieri in the Office of Audience Engagement at the National Museum of American History, the intern will work on multiple projects during the residency, maximizing the opportunity to acquire new skills and make a greater contribution to the operation of the museum. While experiencing how a museum operates and its many functions the intern will learn how to do research using museum collections, and further communication and critical thinking skills.

    Projects include:
    Interactive Cart on Latino Immigration:
    Facilitate conversations with the public about the objects in the carts, make connection to the visitors own family immigration experiences and facilitate learning about the rich diversity of immigrant communities.

    Becoming US curricula:
    Assist with the web production of this new nationwide curricula project, identify online collections, assist with research, editing and outreach. Work with team to help with evaluation of educational units.

    Civic Engagement project:
    Assist producing naturalization ceremonies, citizenship seminars, and creating new teaching resources for new citizens.  Assist with planning of voter registration fair and events in the Museum.

    Good research and communications skills, ability to work with a team and independently, bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus, as is experience teaching or working with the public.

  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

    National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
    Washington, DC

    Internship in the Office of the Historian

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. The National Portrait Gallery is charged with recognizing, through portraiture, the lives of individuals who have made significant contributions to American history and culture. It is both an art museum and a museum of history and biography.

    The internship is located in the office of the Historian at the National Portrait Gallery. The incumbent will assist Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay in researching topics related to upcoming exhibitions on women’s history, the War of 1898 and its aftermath, and W. E. B. Du Bois. The intern will also help with administrative duties related to the symposium organized by the scholarship center of the National Portrait Gallery directed by Dr. Lemay, PORTAL = Insights into Portraiture. Successful candidates must have excellent skills in research and writing and an avid interest in the intersections between art, history and biography. Skills in Excel and website management desirable. Candidates must be of good cheer, resourceful, and able to work both independently and on a team.

  • United States House of Representatives, Office of the Historian, Washington, DC

     U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Historian

    Washington, DC

    Research Intern

    Based at the U.S. Capitol, the Office of the Historian preserves, collects, and interprets the heritage of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the institution’s memory and a resource for Members, staff, and the general public.

    The Office of the Historian seeks an intern with a strong interest in history. The intern will conduct congressional research through the use of databases, microfilm, and paper records. This research will be used for office print and web publications as well as reference requests. The intern will assist staff with general office duties. The intern will assist with obtaining research collection materials of former Speakers. The intern must be highly motivated, collaborative, and possess excellent research and computer skills