Internships and Research

  • Paid Filipino American Archives Internship – NMAH

    Posted: May 15, 2023

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    Deadline: May 25th by 12 PM

    Length of internship: Sep – Dec 2023 (Fall semester)

    Project summary:

    Little Manila Rising, a community and historic preservation organization in Stockton, California, donated a trove of historic materials to the NMAH, including correspondence, photographs, three-dimensional objects, and other ephemera. The Filipino American Archives Internship seeks to train an individual interested in learning the skills of archival work and assisting in processing this collection. Because some of the documents are written in English, Tagalog, and other vernacular languages of the Philippines, the candidate for this internship should possess reading fluency in one or more languages of the Philippines (but not a strict requirement).

    The candidate should demonstrate an interest in archival and curatorial work and learning about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The intern will perform collection processing and/or cataloging activities in collaboration with the Archives Center staff. Tasks include performing research to write introductory texts for finding aids, arranging and re-housing collection materials, and describing materials for finding aids. The intern will receive instruction in processing techniques, archival description, the use of ArchivesSpace for electronic cataloging, and collection care, and will gain experience in conducting varied types of research. Training provided. Attention to detail required.

    This opportunity provides a minimum total stipend of $8,500 to defray technology and/or commuting costs during the internship, and after being selected, interns are able to apply for additional stipend funding based on self-disclosed financial need. The total awarded amount of the stipend depends on the availability of museum funds and is at the discretion of NMAH. Please note that stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month’s expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.

    Applicants do not need to be enrolled in a four-year college or possess an undergraduate degree.

    Apply here.

  • Paid Arts & Museum Summer Internships

    Posted: May 4, 2023

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    The Arts Intern! Studio Institute are currently offering immersive internships at museums and cultural institutions and they’re excited to announce their Summer opportunity for students!

    Arts Intern is a grant-supported program that pairs financial aid-dependent college students with paid positions at arts and cultural organizations, where they gain real world experience and forge professional relationships. They are currently looking to fill a paid ($20/hr) internship position for The Maryland Science Center.

    Applications are open now until May 15th!

    Handshake Job Listings:

    • Job #7824302 | Early Childhood Education Intern [The Maryland Science Center]

    Student Info Session:

  • Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History

    Posted: April 18, 2023

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    Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate OR graduate students from ANY school at Johns Hopkins who wish to conduct research about an aspect of Hopkins history. The Hugh Hawkins Fellowships will enhance the undergraduate and graduate research experience by providing opportunities for original research in archival collections and for sharing this research with the public.

    Fellows will be funded for research conducted between June 2023 and April 2024.

    Applications are due by May 1, 2023 at 11:59PM, EST.

    Special consideration is given to projects that propose the exploration of the history of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, and (in)equity at Johns Hopkins or projects that propose a final product rooted in the digital humanities. Research outcomes might take the form of a research essay, exhibition, digital project, or other deliverable.

    Applicants must identify both a faculty mentor and an archivist mentor and should coordinate their application in advance of the deadline so that mentors can help applicants determine a viable set of materials with which to work. Given sufficient advanced notice, archivist mentors can be available to help applicants formulate and refine draft research project proposals to assure a realistic research plan that will take full advantage of the relevant archival collections at Johns Hopkins University.

    A fellowship award of $3500 will be given to each recipient, which is intended to be used as a cost-of-living stipend but can be utilized for additional research expenses. Fellows will receive half of the award at the beginning of the project and the other half at completion; this does depend on their proposed research timeline.


    • The fellowships are open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, or graduate students not in the final year of their program. Students from any school or academic department of Johns Hopkins may apply. 
    • Students must have a faculty and archivist mentor (see below for help identifying an archivist mentor at the repository of your choice).
    • Fellows must complete their projects no later than May 2024 and present their research at a public event in April 2024.

    Application Instructions

    *Please note: There is a new application form.*

    To apply for the fellowship, fill out the following form (where you can upload a proposal and resume). Then have your mentor email your recommendation letter directly to us.

    1. Application Form
    2. Faculty letter of recommendation (Emailed directly to [email protected])

    See more here: Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History | Hopkins Retrospective (

  • Paid Summer Internship at the BMA

    Posted: April 6, 2023

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    Curatorial: Contemporary Exhibition Intern
    DEADLINE: Sunday, May 7, 2023

    The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Contemporary Department is seeking two (2) interns to assist with research and departmental support task related to the upcoming Elizabeth Talford Scott community initiative that will take place during the exhibition.

    The interns will have the opportunity to work alongside BMA curators and guest curator, George Ciscle, to develop strong collaborative relationships between the BMA and the external partners involved in the community initiative portion of the exhibition. These aprtners include 4 museums and 4 local universities.


    • Research exhibition related works
    • Cultivate community relationships
    • Assist with exhibition related administrative tasks
    • Provide additional departmental support as needed

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Writing / Communication skills
    • Research experience
    • Organizational skills
    • Ability to participate in a collaborative community project where all members are working towards a shared purpose.

    Academic Requirement: & Eligibility:
    Priority will be given to undergraduate applicants who are currently enrolled one of the four partner universities for this project: Morgan State University, Coppin State University, MICA, and JHU.

    • Currently enrolled in an accredited Graduate or Undergraduate Program
    • Recent graduate from an accredited program (within 5 years)
    • PhD candidate 

    Proposed Schedule:

    • This position will work a hybrid schedule (onsite at the BMA and remotely).
    • Working days will be during the week (no weekends).

    The Interns selected for this position will each receive a $2,000 stipend. Applicants for this position are highly encouraged to indicate eligibility for participation in our Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) program* in your cover letter.

    Required Application Materials
    Please submit the following documents to complete your application:

    • Cover Letter 
    • Resume 
    • Reference: contact details should be listed on either your resume or cover letter
    • Applicants applying for a Graphic Design position must also include a link to their portfolio.

    Submitting Application Materials
    Materials may be sent via the following options (please only choose one submission option):  

    • You may upload and submit your documents through the following form.
    • You may send your documents to the following e-mail address: [email protected] (please indicate the position or positions you are applying for in the subject line).

    *The Joshua Johnson Council
    Through generous support from our Joshua Johnson Council, the BMA is able to offer two stipends per year aimed at increasing participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the fields of museum programming and administration. Interns selected for this program will have the opportunity to meet with the council to present their project and detail their Internship experience. This meeting will connect the Interns with a dynamic group of leaders in the industry who may be invaluable resources in their future endeavors.

    Please see below for more program details and how to apply. All application materials must be submitted by Sunday, May 7th, 2023.

  • Fall Curatorial Internship at the Homewood Museum

    Posted: March 21, 2023

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    Homewood Museum / May 12, 2023 Deadline


    This internship can be completed either for credit or for pay at $15 per hour. The selected student will work for 5 hours a week primarily on site at Homewood Museum on a schedule to be arranged between the student and the Curator of Collections.

    This fall, the curatorial intern will work closely with the Curator of Collections to engage in a reparative description assessment of Homewood’s object catalog database. In the context of this project, reparative description refers to remediating outdated language used within an object’s catalog record and re-writing the record with a focus on more inclusive wording.

    Work will include highlighting objects in need of reparative description using current museum and archival best practice to revise said descriptions and possibly providing additional context for the object if necessary. Over the course of the semester, the student will have opportunities to conduct object-based research, familiarize themselves with PastPerfect Online, and gain practical experience in conducting visual analysis for a scholarly researcher and a general public audience that uses the museum’s online database.


    All candidates must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University and should have some relevant coursework in at least one of the following: American art, American architecture, American history, anthropology, material culture, education, or the Museums & Society Program. Information on Evergreen Museum may be found online at


    Applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae as well as a letter of interest describing interests and relevant experience. All materials must be emailed to Michelle Fitzgerald, Curator of Collections, at [email protected] no later than 5p.m., May 12, 2023.

    QUESTIONS: Interested Johns Hopkins undergraduate students are welcome to contact Michelle Fitzgerald at [email protected].