Art, Museums & Humanities Internships and Fellowships

Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: March 14, 2018


The Kennedy Center

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: July 13, 2018

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Eligibility:

      • Applicants must be a rising sophomore, junior, senior or within one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master's program, to apply for the Kennedy Center Internship Program.

      • International applicants are encouraged to apply, however, the Kennedy Center does not sponsor visas, and thus applicants will be required to provide proof of visa at time of application.

Summary: The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields. Kennedy Center Interns spend a significant amount of their time at the Kennedy Center in individual placements, gaining valuable work experience and technical skills in their chosen field. Additionally, Kennedy Center interns spend 5-10 hours each week participating in the various components of the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum in order to increase leadership potential and fluency in the non-profit and cultural sectors.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

  • Full time

  • Most Unpaid (though some are paid)

Eligibility varies depending on specific internship opportunity.

Summary: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

The Museum’s internship program enables qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust as well as the way the Museum operates. Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals.


The National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: At least 6 weeks before your desired start date (rolling consideration)

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Eligibility varies for each intership opportunity. You must be a U.S. citizen or foreign national residing legally in the U.S. and enrolled in a U.S. academic degree granting institution to apply for a NEH internship.

Summary: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts. NEH grant programs are designed to achieve four objectives: (1) the creation of new knowledge in the humanities; (2) the dissemination of the humanities to the American people; (3) improving humanities education; and (4) preserving and increasing the availability of resources in the humanities. Representative projects include: fellowships for independent scholars, college and university teachers; support for documentary films for airing over the Public Broadcasting System; summer seminars and national institutes for college and school teachers; development of cultural institutions and exhibits; and the preservation of manuscripts, books and artifacts in the nation's archives, libraries and museums.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications on an open continuous basis for volunteer student and other internships. While we are unable to provide paid internships at this time, we are able to provide valuable experience working in program and administrative offices of the Endowment.


The National Endowment for the Arts

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: At least 6 weeks before your desired start date (rolling consideration)

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Eligibility varies for each intership opportunity. You must be a U.S. citizen or foreign national residing legally in the U.S. and enrolled in a U.S. academic degree granting institution to apply for a NEH internship.

Summary: Undergraduate and graduate students and other volunteers who would like to gain work experience at the National Endowment for the Arts are invited to apply for NEA Internships. Interns are accepted throughout the year in many of the Arts Endowment's offices on a non-paid basis. This internship offers a national overview of arts activities across the country. Interns work in assisting the staff with a variety of tasks related to the process of awarding Federal grants. A variety of resources are available for participants of the NEA Internship Program such as: meetings of advisory panels and the National Council on the Arts.


The National Museum of American History

  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Eligibility: Qualifications vary depending upon the project, but most are for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Student status, however, is not a prerequisite.

Summary: The National Museum of American History internship program allows a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment where they can work with and learn from professionals and scholars in related areas of concentration. The Museum offers interns of different backgrounds incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, from public relations to exhibition research to project design. Learning from knowledgeable mentors in the dynamic atmosphere of the Museum and Washington, D.C. area, interns enjoy an intensive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.


The National Museum of American History: James Lollar Hagan Internship

  • 2018 Application Deadline: July 31, 2018 (application not yet posted)

  • Full time for 10 weeks or Part time for 20 weeks

  • Paid ($6,000 scholarship)

The James Lollar Hagan Intern should have:

      • Excellent research and writing skills

      • Familiarity with social media

      • A basic knowledge of Latino and American women’s history

Candidates can be undergraduates or graduates.

Summary: The project changes each year; here this is the summary of the 2017 project: The intern will get a behind-the-scenes experience with exhibition development, specifically the concept and content design/development phases for exhibitions being planned for the Museum’s 3rd floor. The intern will be "in the room where it happens" with curatorial, design, exhibit development, education, and collections staff. The intern will learn about and engage in evaluation of elements of the newly-opened wing "The Nation We Build Together," including interviewing visitors and writing an evaluation report. The intern will also learn about and conduct rapid prototyping sessions, including title testing for new exhibitions. Finally, the intern will assist with development of a new audioguide for the museum, including concept and content development.