Paid, Full-time (40 hrs/week)
June 19 – August 11, 2023
Application deadline: February 22, 2023


The National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA) invites applications for its eight-week, paid Summer Undergraduate Internship Program. Designed for students with little to no previous museum experience, the program introduces interns to museum work as they concentrate on one assigned department compatible with their interests or career goals. Interns are matched with one of the museums’ departments:

  • Advancement (Development and Membership)
  • Collections Management (Archives, Collections Management, Imaging and Photographic Services)
  • Curatorial (Curatorial, Library, Scholarly Programs and Publications)
  • Operations and External Affairs (Design, Production, and Publications; Engagement and Visitor Experience; Exhibition Planning; Finance and Administration; Marketing and Communications; Public Programs; Special Events)

We seek talented individuals of all backgrounds. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities.


Internships may be either virtual, in-person, or hybrid (part in-person, part virtual), depending on the intern’s preference and our museum staffing capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


$6,800 (includes stipend for living costs)

How to Apply

To begin the application process, you must create an account through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments external application portal (SOLAA)

After entering SOLAA, follow the instructions on the left-hand navigation bar and select the “National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)” from the drop-down menu. Then select the “Summer Undergraduate Internship at the National Museum of Asian Art” program listing.

Only completed applications submitted through SOLAA will be considered.