Newseum Summer Collections Internship – Washington, DC

Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you with the skills necessary to help you obtain full-time museum employment? If so, the Newseum’s Collections Internship is for you!


The Newseum, a revolutionary 250,000-square-foot museum of news, offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.  At the Newseum, we pride ourselves on creating up-to-the minute exhibits and actively collecting modern and historic artifacts. As a Newseum intern you can work at our museum downtown or our state-of-the-art storage center in Laurel, Maryland (or both). Internship hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual’s schedules – this can include morning and weekend work. You will be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain Collections experience and be involved in the day-to-day operations of one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular museums!


Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting Registrars and Collections Specialists with the following tasks:

–           Daily monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces

–           Processing donations and incoming loans, including cataloging artifacts in database

–           Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections

–           Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display pre-opening

–           Aiding in the installation and de-installation of exhibited artifacts

–           Compiling information for the new Standard Facilities Report particularly regarding the environmental conditions/calculations for each of the galleries

–           Helping with basic artifact conservation

–           If time and interest permits, short-term, independent research projects related to the collection can be designed


Newspaper archives internship project

–           For those who already possess or would like to gain archival experience, there is the opportunity to work on a self-directed archival project with the Newseum’s outstanding 35,000 piece newspaper collection (this project will take place at the Newseum’s storage facility in Laurel, MD)

For all internship opportunities:


Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.


Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks and may be part or full time. This internship position is for college credit only.

Application Process

Please email cover letter and resume to mscott [at] newseum [dot]org


Maeve Gaynor Scott
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.292.6327

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