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National Collections Program Internship


The National Collections Program (NCP) is dedicated to improving the overall stewardship and management of Smithsonian collections by providing central leadership, policy oversight, strategic planning, and support of Institution-wide collections initiatives.  The NCP serves as a principle advisor to Smithsonian senior management, collecting unit directors, and staff on matters relating to collections management policies, procedures, and standards.  Working with Smithsonian senior management, the NCP develops long-term strategies, priorities, policies, and plans that address Institution-wide collections needs.

Learning Objectives:

Interns will participate in collaborative discussions, meetings and projects for various collections initiatives including:

  • Creation of an NCP website – gathering content, working with the website developer, reviewing potential content and design with staff
  • Collections Professional Development
  • Collections Emergency Management
  • Pan-Institutional Project Planning
  • Collections Space Planning
  • Collections Space System implementation
  • Collections Space Sharing
  • Collections Management Policy and Procedures
  • Collections Planning
  • Collections Mass Digitization
  • Smithsonian Collections Management Policy revision
  • Collections Preservation Environment strategies
  • Site visits to various Smithsonian Collecting Units

The internship will be based out of the NCP office at Capital Gallery, 600 Maryland Avenue SW in Washington, DC.  We are a three person team that has independent and complementary responsibilities and areas of focus.  Our office hours are between 8:00am – 4:30pm with some flexibility. Both full-time and part-time internships will be considered.

Suggested skills/attributes:

  • Collections management education/training at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Experience in a museum, archive or library environment/community through internships, volunteerism, or employment
  • Website development preferred but not required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A passion for collections care and collaborative learning

Contact : Samantha Snell

Contact Phone: (202) 633-0053

Contact Email:

Term: Flexible, minimum 3 months

NCP is currently accepting applications for the Summer and Fall 2022

Application Deadlines: 

Summer deadline: March 1, 2022

Fall/Winter deadline: June 1, 2022

Apply Through: SOLAA

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