Internships and Research

  • National Army Museum Fall Internships

    Posted: August 2, 2021

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    The National Museum of the U.S. Army is accepting internship applications for fall 2021!

    Opened in November 2020, the National Army Museum’s mission is to tell the history and traditions of the country’s oldest military service through the eyes of the American Solider. The Museum is located in Fort Belvoir, VA. 

    Internships allow current or recent undergraduate or graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in museum education, historic research, or exhibition research and development. 

    We are currently accepting applications for the following intern positions:

    • Exhibit Research Assistant 
    • Graduate Historic Research Intern
    • Museum Education Intern

    To learn more about available internships as well as see full position descriptions and requirements visit our website,

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Include the job title for which you are applying in the subject line.

  • Virtual Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center

    Posted: July 13, 2021

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    Virtual Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center

    Apply by July 31st!

    Internship Details

    Join the Cultural Heritage Center ( to combat looting and trafficking of cultural property and preserve heritage! We are seeking up to two interns to provide research and analytic support, develop key documents and guides, and steep themselves in learning about cultural heritage and public diplomacy.

    The Cultural Heritage Center (CHC) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs leads U.S. cultural heritage foreign policy. It oversees programs and efforts to support the protection and preservation of cultural heritage worldwide. Please see the following website for additional information here.

    We are seeking up to two interns to provide research and analytic support, develop key documents and guides for internal and external use, and steep themselves in learning about cultural heritage and public diplomacy. We want our interns to gain valuable work experience and further insight into the heritage sector. Our projects aim to have clear deliverables that our interns can include on their resume and discuss in future interviews. We are open to adjusting the project portfolio to align with the interns’ experience and interests. Select candidates will be invited to interview with CHC staff to determine if working together will be a good fit. Please note that we are seeking students who are majoring, minoring, or enrolled in a graduate program focused on Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Anthropology, or a related field. Projects will be tailored to suit the students’ current academic level. Prior experience working and/or volunteering at an archeological dig, historical park, museum, archive, or other heritage site is a plus.

    Specific Tasks and Objectives: Below are potential projects identified by our team. If you have a project idea in mind that directly correlates with your academic work, please come prepared to discuss during your interview. During your time with CHC, you may work on one or several of the following: – Support the Presidentially-appointed Cultural Property Agreement Committee during bilateral cultural property agreement reviews by providing desktop research and analysis on antiquities sales. Produce written or visual analytic products and provide briefings on findings. – Bolster law enforcement efforts to protect cultural heritage by designing easy-to-use and easy-to-digest tools to quickly reference what archaeological or ethnological material is protected by U.S. treaties. – Prepare a retrospective on the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (1983) for the upcoming 40th anniversary. This document would chronicle how the program has changed over the past four decades, provide a timeline of all bilateral agreements, and serve as an archival reference point for the U.S. Government. – Attend virtual meetings and seminars; read and review reports and other publications to keep abreast of trends and developments in both the cultural heritage protection and preservation fields. Report to CHC team on anything relevant. – Examine the role of cultural heritage preservation efforts in public diplomacy; improve the use of digital media and narrative story telling.

    Required Skills • Analytical writing • Cultural diplomacy • Data analysis • Research • Writing • Storytelling/blogging/vlogging Languages Additional Info

    Intern Responsibilities: – Intern(s) will attend weekly check in meetings with their CHC mentor team. The meeting frequency can be modified based on the intern’s course load during the academic year. – Intern(s) will be invited to attend weekly CHC staff meetings (11:15 am – 12:00 pm ET), but these meetings are not mandatory if conflicting with classes. – Intern(s) may need to sign an NDA or complete a public trust clearance depending on the nature of project work. – Intern(s) will need to provide their own computer and have access to reliable Internet to complete project work.

    Office Overview: The Cultural Heritage Center (CHC) supports U.S. foreign policy concerning the protection and preservation of cultural heritage by combatting looting and trafficking of cultural property and preserving a wide range of heritage in less developed countries, including historic buildings, archaeological sites, ethnographic objects, paintings, manuscripts, and indigenous languages and other forms of traditional cultural expression. Through this work, the United States demonstrates its respect for other cultures and leadership in international efforts to safeguard the cultural heritage of humankind for future generations. The CHC is part of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As mandated by the 1961 Fulbright-Hays Act, ECA works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges.

  • Baltimore Museum of Art: American Paintings & Sculpture and Decorative Arts Curatorial Internship

    Posted: April 28, 2021

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    The BMA American Paintings & Sculpture and Decorative Arts department is seeking an Intern to assist with researching and writing labels for our upcoming re-installation of the American modernism galleries opening March 2022. The goal of this reinstallation is to re-center the canon of American modernism (1900-c.1945) to feature works by underrepresented artists” and to highlight the contributions of immigrant, migrant, and Native artists.

    DEADLINE: May 2, 2021


    ● Compile bibliographies

    ● Source books and archives for research

    ● Draft label copy for a number of works to be included in the re-installation

    Preferred Qualifications

    ● Strong organizational skills

    ● Writing/Communication skills

    ● Research experience, particularly with digital databases

    Proposed Schedule

    ● This position will primarily be virtual with some onsite activities (pending BMA policies and guidelines this Summer).

    ● Available work days are Monday-Friday.


    Please download the Application Instructions to learn how to apply for this position. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at

  • Communications and Media, Development and Events Internship

    Posted: April 26, 2021

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    Communications and Media, Development and Events Internship

    Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

    A Maryland Certified Heritage Area serving Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties

    Application deadline: May 15, 2021

    Internship dates: Summer 2021 (start and end dates are flexible, but a late May or early June launch is desired)

    Compensation:  $11.75/hour for up to 330 hours (roughly 30 hours per week for eleven weeks)

    Hours: 30 hours/week during regular business hours, M-F (exact times TBD, some weeks may require a flexible schedule with possible evening or weekend – schedule to be determined with candidate)

    Location: HCWHA offices at 22 S. Market Street, Suite 215, Frederick, MD 21701 (with the possibility of some work-from-home time). In-office work requires compliance with COVID-19 safety measures as requested by our landlord (Federated Charities) and required by the State of Maryland.

    Position Description: The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will offer a 2021 summer internship providing the opportunity to participate in projects and ongoing heritage area work related to communications and media (all types, including digital/social), development, and events.  The intern will contribute to several projects that may enhance their portfolio, such as an update to the heritage area brochure (both interpretive and promotional), press materials, guest blog posts, materials for annual fund solicitations, and annual meeting planning.  Help with projects at the historic Newcomer House, the Heart of the Civil War Visitor Center (near Sharpsburg, MD), may also be included.

    About the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area ( The mission of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is to promote the stewardship of our historic, cultural, and natural Civil War resources; encourage superior visitor experiences; and stimulate tourism, economic prosperity, and educational development, thereby improving the quality of life in our community for the benefit of both residents and visitors.  

    HCWHA became certified as part of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program in July 2006. It is an independent nonprofit organization guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council comprised of representatives of local government units, state and national parks, private organizations and businesses, and individuals from all three counties in the Heritage Area.  HCWHA employs an Executive Director and Assistant Director, both full-time.


    Undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to apply.  We are particularly interested in public history students, or students pursuing communications/marketing with an interest in nonprofits, history and/or the arts. Academic programs related to tourism are also relevant. 

    Ability to produce clear and accurate written content, knowledge of basic administrative programs (i.e. Microsoft Office suite and G-suite)

    Strong organizational skills and accuracy, attention to detail and ability to multitask.

    Enthusiasm for history relevance and knowledge of local, particularly Civil War, history is a plus.

    Additional considerations:  Students will provide their own housing.  Access to a car is not required but could be helpful (mileage will be reimbursed). At-home work may require students to use personal laptops, but at-home work is not a given.

    To apply: submit your one-page resume and cover letter to  Include specifics about experience with public history, media-related software, digital programs, and video creation.

  • Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship

    Posted: March 10, 2021

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    The Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students from any school that want to conduct archival research on the rich history of Johns Hopkins University. Fellows will perform in-depth research at the Hamburger University Archives, the Peabody Archives at the Friedheim Library, or the Chesney Medical Archives. Applications for the program are due May 1, 2021.

    An award of $3,500 is given to each recipient, which is intended to be used as a cost-of-living stipend but can also be used towards research expenses. Each recipient will work closely with a faculty mentor, an archivist mentor, and the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager to be sure their project is on track and will produce a deliverable. Past projects have focused on specific themes in Hopkins history like activism, Jewish life on campus, abortion access in Baltimore City, but also on individuals who have influenced Hopkins’ history like pathologist, Arnold Rich and psychiatrist, Adolf Meyer. Special consideration is given to projects that explore the history of diversity and (in)equity, or that propose a final product rooted in digital humanities.

    Fellowship recipients will notified during the week of May 14, 2021. Their research can begin over the summer and continue into the academic year as they are expected to present their findings at a public program in April 2022 and finish their deliverable by May 2022. You can read more application details on our website –

  • Paid Internship: Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative

    Posted: January 28, 2021

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    The National Air and Space Museum is hosting one of twelve Because of Her Story interns at the Smithsonian this summer. A description of the project, as well as instructions on how to apply, are available at this link. Applications close February 28. 

    Experience in museums, history, science, or education is not necessary – just an interest in working with historic collections to connect to the present and create a more equitable future for women and gender minorities in STEM. 

    Prospective applicants can reach me out to Emily Margolis at with questions.  

  • Paid Internship: Maryland Center for History and Culture

    Posted: December 14, 2020

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    The Communications and Social Media Intern will support the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s social media outreach efforts, and other related communications tasks, within the Communications and Marketing Department. The intern will gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and sustaining a social media audience to support the museum, library, education programs, and public events at the MCHC— the oldest continuously operating cultural institution in Maryland. Other details about this position:

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this internship is currently a virtual opportunity.
    • Duration of internship: Winter/Spring 2021
    • Time commitment: 10 hours a week


    • Research, create, and post content to the MCHC’s social media platforms and execute strategies to increase the MCHC’s effectiveness in the digital arena.
    • Monitor social media accounts and key word feeds for post/response opportunities.
    • Assist with tracking social media analytics.
    • Help write content and compile images for the MCHC’s monthly e-newsletter.
    • Create and maintain online calendar listings of the MCHC’s programs and events.
    • Update the press list and maintain the press clip files.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Degree or working toward a degree in communications, digital media, marketing, journalism, public relations, English, or a related field.
      • Enthusiastic about social media. Comfortable using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
      • Excellent research and writing skills. Graphic design skills a plus.
      • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact checking.
      • Prior communications, marketing, and writing experience a plus.
      • Professional demeanor and good organizational and communication skills.
      • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes.
      • Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of work.
      • Ability to work from home using your own computer and Internet access.


    • $1500 stipend for 15 weeks (150 hours) of work.
      • Complimentary MCHC membership, including free library and museum admission.
      • Opportunities to strengthen resume and portfolio.

    To Apply

    Please email your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Jennifer Michael,, Director of Communications & Marketing.

    Deadline: Ongoing until filled