Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.


Washington, DC

Internship Description

The National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) internship program provides educational opportunities focusing on cultural transmission, professional development, meaningful internship projects, and networking with museum professionals. NMAI interns have the opportunity to learn about the museum's collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies.

The hybrid interns are able to go into the office occasionally with their Mentors/Advisors to NMAI’s museum in Washington, DC; its museum (George Gustav Heye Center) in New York, NY; and its collections and research facility, the Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, MD.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 6/13 - 8/12/2022 9:00am  5:30pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

The Smithsonian has a housing guide for incoming interns.

Internship Qualifications

If you are currently enrolled in an academic program you are eligible to apply.

All applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Select "National Museum of the American Indian Internship Program" from the drop-down program list.

All components of the application that are required for NMAI internships must be uploaded via SOLAA. Do not send components separately.

Additional qualifications:

Writing Sample Required


Special Requirements

  • Background check
  • Vaccinations
  • Some mandatory online trainings
  • Background readings