The Museum offers a limited number of unpaid internships each semester to qualified college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Internships are not available in all departments every semester. Don’t see an internship in your desired department below? Submit your information for future opportunities.
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Summer 2019 Interpretive Intern
The Interpretive Section of the Media and Education Department of the National World War II Museum is seeking a summer, 2019 intern who wishes to immerse him/herself in professional Interpretive techniques as practiced at one of the leading national museums. The internship will provide 20-25 hours a week of varied Interpretive work in an evolving museum education environment, with a major project as the primary internship product. A stipend of $1200 will be offered upon completion of the internship.
The Interpretive Intern will:
- Be primarily responsible for designing a tour for the general public of the Adolf Eichmann special exhibit to be housed in the Iconic Artifacts gallery of the new Hall of Democracy building. This tour will use best practice interpretive techniques such as Theme and subtheme development; evocative talking points in the tour Introduction, Body and Conclusion. Inquiry questioning to foster public dialogue and effective tour shepherding and routing.
- Collaborate on planning and design of interpretive opportunities in the upcoming Liberation Pavilion – primarily, but not limited to – tour and interpretive station design.
- Assist with youth volunteer interpretive training/coaching.
Public Programs Intern – Summer 2019
The Public Programs Intern will work closely with the Public Engagement and Community Programs Coordinator on several large scale programs, including the 75th Anniversary of D-Day activities, Garden to Glass, the Knit Your Bit Campaign, as well as some additional programs. Responsibilities include assisting with day-of event coordination, managing communications with volunteers, coordinating correspondence, maintaining donation site and donor databases, and assisting with summer camp field trips. A successful candidate will be a self-starter who is passionate about learning to produce a variety of educational programs, will be able to work with a team, as well as independently, and have superior communication skills. The Public Programs Intern will learn how to engage adult audiences through museum programming on a local and national scale.
STEM Programs Intern
The National WWII Museum Education Department is looking for interns to help with cross-curricular programming for grades K–12. These hands-on immersive programs blend history and science together to teach students valuable skills in a powerful historical context. The STEM Programs Intern will gain experience facilitating student programming at one of the top history museums in the United States and gain insight into the value of multidisciplinary teaching. The STEM Programs Intern will also assist in developing educational materials and activities for student and community programming.
The ideal candidate will have availability on weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon and have experience working with youth.
Marketing Intern: WWII Educational Travel Programs
Join the WWII Educational Travel Team for an opportunity to collaborate with the Assistant Director of Educational Travel Marketing. The Intern will assist with coordination of key marketing aspects as it pertains to the Museum’s wide array of signature educational travel programs. These include: WWII history battlefield tours for adult audiences, student travel programs, the annual International Conference on WWII, and ticketed symposia under the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.
The Intern will gain valuable experience in writing and proofing marketing materials following institution wide standards for communication consistency. Additional opportunities for growth include collaboration with graphic designers, learning industry standards for production of print media, participation in social media marketing, as well as development of passenger communications. The Intern will gain familiarity with a workplace that is a fast-paced environment and adheres to deadlines.
The ideal candidate will be a junior or senior in college pursuing a degree in Marketing, English, or Tourism, or is a recent graduate in one of these fields, and must have excellent writing and editing skills. Interest in history and geography is preferred, but not required. The position is part-time and unpaid.
DIGITAL MEDIA INTERN (BB'S STAGE DOOR CANTEEN)
The Entertainment Department is in need of quality photography and video footage of our BB’s Stage Door Canteen productions. The Digital Media Intern will shoot and edit footage the Museum can use for marketing and promotional purposes. The Digital Media Intern will also attend dress rehearsals, performances, and Museum events that include entertainment to gather footage. Further responsibilities include photo and video editing.
Student Programs Intern
The Student Programs Intern will work closely with the Museum’s Student Programs Specialist to plan and create educational initiatives for the Education Department. The Student Programs Intern will assist in the redevelopment and implementation of Student Leadership Academy, help craft a new Special Exhibit field trip experience, and help design new student leadership initiatives. The intern will also work with Get in the Scrap! and other student programs. Strong organizational and communication skills as well as familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Asana task management, and Slack are desired.
COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIPS
The Collections Department seeks a graduate intern for a 12-week (maximum) internship at 20 hours per week (preferably). The intern will assist the collections manager and the registrar on one or more projects involving object rehousing and packing, creating inventories, writing condition reports, and/or environmental monitoring. The qualified intern will:
Have done coursework in collections management, history or public history, or related fields.
Be familiar with museum standards and best practices.
Be punctual and maintain a committed schedule.
Have strong attention to detail and ability to follow directions precisely.
Be willing to participate in object-handling sessions and other trainings as needed.
Have ability to work independently.
Have an interest in long-term preservation and documentation of historical collections.
Preferable qualifications include:
Familiarity with Collections Management Systems (KE EMu)
Previous experience working with a collections database
Previous experience in an art or history museum setting
This internship will be a great experience for future registrars and collections managers/specialists.
The Curatorial Department seeks a graduate intern for an eight-week (maximum) internship at 20 hours per week (preferably). The intern will assist the director of curatorial services in developing projects related to collections moves and management. The qualified intern will:
Have done coursework in collections management, archival management, history, or related fields.
Be punctual and maintain a committed schedule.
Have strong attention to detail.
Have ability to follow directions.
Be proficient in Excel and Microsoft Office Suite.
Have an interest in learning about long-term preservation of museum and archival collections.
This internship will be a great experience for future curators, archivists, and library and information science professionals.