Museum Studies Internships

All Museum Studies Students in the MA and On-Campus Certificate Program are required to complete one internship, although two internships are offered to all students and highly recommended*; each internship is for three academic credits and total 260 hours of work. 

Students typically intern within their area of concentration (administration, collections management, exhibitions) and may choose to intern in the DC area or in another locations. Students should read the Internship Information Packet for all internship requirements and procedures.
Students are also required to meet with the Internship Coordinator before registering for their first internship. Students must submit the appropriate approval paperwork in order to receive academic credit for the internship. If the appropriate paperwork is not submitted before the internship is started (or within one week of starting work), academic credit may not be awarded.
If you have any questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Jacqueline Emerick.
*Please note: we highly recommend that all students take two 3 credit internships. However we recognize that will not be appropriate for all students. Therefore, with permission of their advisor, students may opt to substitute the second internship with either a Directed Research project or another graduate class. This policy is effective Fall 2017.

Frequently Used Internship Forms

Internship Basic Forms Packet
Internship Checklist
Statement of Expectations
Internship Timetable Agreement
Mid-term Evaluation
Final Evaluation Letter
Letter of Recommendation Request Form

Sponsor Information

The Museum Studies Program welcomes partnerships with a wide variety of museums and cultural institutions. By the time any of our graduate students are ready for internships they have already proven their abilities in the classroom, and many have some practical museum training prior to entering graduate school. For these reasons most internship sponsors find that our students contribute significantly to their organizations.

If you have an internship opportunity you would like to advertise, please send a project description to our Internship Coordinator, Jacqueline Emerick. Appropriate internships will be posted to our Student Listserv. In addition to a description of the internship project, please include contact information and instructions on how to apply for the internship.

Prior to Hosting a GW Intern
Things for Sponsors to Consider During an Internship

Past Internship Sponsors

Alexandria, Office of Historic Preservation
American Association of Museums
American Association for State & Local History
American Archeology, Society for
American Textile History Museum
Arlington House, National Park Service
Blair House
B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum
Carlyle House Historic Park
Civil War Preservation Trust
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Corcoran Gallery of Art
DAR Museum
Decatur House, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Delaware Art Museum
Dumbarton House
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
George Meany Memorial Archive
Greenbelt Museum
Gunston Hall Plantation
Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Edison Institute
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Historic Annapolis Foundation
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Indian Arts & Crafts Board
Institute of Museum & Library Services
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Jewish Historical Society of Greater DC (Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum)
Lyceum, The (Alexandria's History Museum)
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The (New York City)
Modern Art of Latin American Art
Montgomery County Historical Society
Mount Vernon (George Washington's Estate and Gardens)
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
National Archives and Records Administration
National Building Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
National Museum of African Art
National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Newseum (The Freedom Forum Newseum, Inc.)
Dewitt Stetten, Jr. Museum of Medical History (NIH)
Octagon House (American Architectural Foundation)
Paul Revere House Museum and Memorial Association
Phillips Collection
Smithsonian Institution, and its 19 museums and 9 research centers
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Museum Studies
Tenement Museum, New York City
Texas Memorial Museum, University of Texas at Austin
Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
U. S. Navy Museum
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
The Walters Art Gallery
Washington National Cathedral
Washington Studio School
White House, Executive Support Facility, NPS
The White House Historical Association
Woodrow Wilson House
Woodlawn Plantation

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Quote from an Alumna

I decided to enter GW because I knew I wanted to stay in D.C. and knew that in such a competitive museum town, having an advanced degree was about the only way I had a shot at getting a museum job and the GW program was close to my office and offered several evening/late-afternoon classes that could be incorporated into my full-time work schedule. I like the mix of perspectives that the faculty (full time and adjunct) brings to the program--art, history, and science museums are all represented.
-Sarah Habich, MA Museum Studies