The Museum's internship program provides an environment for qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust and about Museum operations. Included are hands-on projects and opportunities to work with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals to learn about their roles, responsibilities, and backgrounds.
Interested candidates should submit a completed online application form.
Please note that the deadlines to apply for seasonal internships are as follows:
Internships usually last for one semester. Flexible schedules are generally available. Most internships are unpaid.
Candidates whose skills and talents meet the requirements for available positions will be contacted for a telephone interview.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated to presenting the history of the persecution and murder of six million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazi tyranny from 1933 to 1945. The Museum's mission is to inform Americans about this unprecedented tragedy, to commemorate those who suffered, and to inspire visitors to contemplate the moral implications of their civic responsibilities. It takes many people to accomplish this mission, including a dedicated team of capable interns.
Consistent with its mission, the Museum strives for a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. United States citizenship is not required.
Academic Publications Division interns work on editing materials submitted for the Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as well as books and monographs that the Museum publishes.
Architecture Division interns have drawn up plans for renovations on an architectural database, learned how to draw up requisitions for materials in line with Federal guidelines, and produced reports regarding signage in the Museum.
Archives Division interns assist researchers with their requests for materials, including conducting reference interviews to help identify potential collections of interest and accessing the materials from storage. They respond to oral and written reference inquiries in consultation with the reference archivist. Additionally interns prepare new finding aids, historical summaries, or other research tools for users.
Center for the Prevention of Genocide interns will participate in a wide range of the Museum's genocide prevention and response activities including research; support for outreach activities; and administrative support. Responsibilities include coordinating departmental resource distribution; communicating with constituencies; answering questions from the public; and assisting with the Museum's genocide prevention education initiatives.
Collections Division accessions any new or borrowed artifacts and maintains them for future generations learning about the Holocaust. Assists the Exhibitions Division in preparing materials for the Permanent Exhibition and for special exhibitions. The division also houses paper and textile conservation labs.
Communications Division interns have helped to spotlight potential markets for the Museum's advertising, created press packets surrounding public programs and special exhibitions, and helped with visiting members of the media.
Development Division interns have researched potential corporate members and grantors for the Museum's specific programs.
Education Division interns have selected and organized images for teachers nationwide to use in classroom instruction. They have written text for inclusion in teacher handbooks and answered questions from teachers.
Exhibitions Division plans and installs special exhibitions as well as rotating and maintaining artifacts in the Permanent Exhibition. Interns have conducted research for exhibitions.
External Affairs interns have helped in drafting letters to various foreign government offices, have been a part of planning materials for international conferences, and created directories of Holocaust-related services and organizations throughout the world. Knowledge of German, Yiddish, French, Russian, or Eastern European languages is helpful.
Film and Video Archives interns have organized, researched, and updated records for historical film and video footage documenting the Holocaust era for use by scholars and researchers. They have also assisted in preparing reference materials and finding aids for public use, and provided background research on footage in the collection.
Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center Division interns have worked on a geographic finding database cross-referencing the Yiddish, ruling country, and German names for towns during the Holocaust. They have assisted members of the public in using the Museum's computerized Survivors Registry. They have answered inquiries by mail and e-mail from outside the Museum.
Library interns have worked with a variety of projects to support the education, exhibition, and research needs of the Museum through enhanced familiarity with the Library's extensive collections of published materials on the Holocaust. Interns assist in the development of programs and resources that facilitate access to materials in paper and electronic format, highlight individual items through presentations and film screenings, and create content for the library's webpage.
Outreach Technology Division have worked on design and maintenance of specific portions of the Museum's Web site.
Photo Archives Division has utilized interns in projects to organize specific photographs into collections for public and scholarly access. This involves identification of people and places, creating accession records, and helping visitors and staff locate specific images for their research.
Records Management Division works to organize and document the history of the Museum itself.
Senior Historians Division interns have worked on answering scholarly questions that come in to the Museum as well as keeping up with new materials coming out in the field of Holocaust Studies. Knowledge of German, Yiddish, Russian, or an Eastern European language is desirable.