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Internship Opportunities from the National Museum of American History

Published June 2, 2014

The selected candidate may negotiate their work schedule, but an internship requires at least 20 hours per week for 8 weeks. Some interns choose to devote more hours (up to 40 hours per week) or stay for longer periods of time (from 3 months to 1 year).

Exhibition Design

Description:

Interns focus on either two-dimensional or three-dimensional design to assist in the development, production, and installation of exhibitions.

Two-dimensional design: Produce graphic design for exhibits, print materials, public programs, and online use. Interns work with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Word, and Excel.

Three-dimensional design: Produce conceptual and detailed designs for space planning, exhibition layout, and artifact display. Create models in three-dimensional and virtual space. Interns work with CAD – Vectorworks, SketchUp, and Adobe Illustrator.

Considering artifacts to be the principal expression of human creativity, the Museum is interested in how they are made and used, how they express human needs and values, and how they influence society and the lives of individuals. From George Washington to Julia Child, the National Museum of American History strives to bring forth a deeper awareness of American culture, identity, and society.

The Museum does not award college credit, but many U.S. colleges and universities will recognize academic work performed while interning at the Museum. Most NMAH internships are unpaid volunteer positions. Some funded internships are available on a competitive basis through the Office of Fellowships.

Qualifications:

Qualifications for NMAH internships vary depending upon the project, but most are for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Student status, however, is not a prerequisite. Opportunities are generally not available for high school students.

  • Background in graphic design, industrial design, interior design, or visual arts
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work in groups and independently
  • Strong organizational and people skills
  • ability to work on several projects simultaneously

Graphic Production

Interns assist with design, digitizing, and production for exhibition-quality, large-format printing. They acquire and develop advanced skills for scanning, file preparation, image manipulation, and RIP server management for mural prints. They will also assist with public programs and the installation of exhibits. Interns work in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and QuarkXPress.

Qualifications:

  • Background in graphic design, industrial design, interior design, or visual arts
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work in groups and independently
  • Strong organizational and people skills
  • ability to work on several projects simultaneously

For more information on these internships, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship/opportunities/exhibition-design-and-graphic-production