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Application Open for Spring 2019 Teacher Innovator Institute Internship at NASM

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is looking for an intern in its Education and Public Engagement Department. This exciting internship will focus on the Teacher Innovator Institute (TII), a professional development program at the Museum that welcomes thirty middle school STEAM teachers from across the country each year. Teachers remain with the program for 2-3 years, coming back to the Museum for consecutive summers to build on their practice and continue to work with their cohort. TII strives to incorporate informal education practices and problem-based learning into the middle school STEAM curriculum by using Museum resources to model a variety of techniques, including inquiry learning, object based learning and project based learning. Along with their in-person professional development each summer, teachers will connect via videoconference at least twice a year and create photo journals throughout the school year.

The intern will learn planning and logistics skills as they pertain to the 2018-2019 Teacher Innovator Institute. Interns will engage with the current class of teachers as well as develop skills in preparing application information and planning video-conferences. Intern will also have a hand in designing content for the summer 2019 program and reviewing applications for the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build collaboration, communication, and logistics skills as well as gain an understanding of museum scheduling, particularly as it applies to special programs and events.
  • Learn to work collaboratively to develop an interactive video conference with the 2018 TII cohort.
  • Gain knowledge of the program application process.

Major or Academic Background: Ideal applicants have prerequisites in education, museum studies, or museum education.   

Location: National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC or Udvar-Hazy Center in VA  Hours: Part time or full time. Some weekend or evening work may be required.

When: Spring 2019. January start date. Number of weeks depend on full-time or part-time.

Stipend: Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $550 per week. Part-time intern stipends will be calculated based on number of hours interning.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 18

How to Apply:

You must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system:

  • Create an account at
  • Add a new application
  • Select “National Air and Space Museum” under Office/Museum/Research Center.
  • Select National Air and Space Museum Academic Year Internship program.
  • On Program Choices page, select “Education — Teacher Innovator Institute.”
  • Complete and submit application.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please email