Want to gain valuable skills and experience working in a museum? Apply for a Postal Museum Internship! Work on a relevant project, get one-on-one mentorship from staff, and contribute to the museum's offerings.
Staff from the Postal Museum’s many different departments will seek interns according to when they have potential projects for them. Interns interested in Collections Care, Programming and Interpretation, Research, Marketing, Design, and Library Sciences are all welcome to apply.
National Postal Museum Internships:
- are offered year round, with applications for Spring, Summer and Fall sent out to relevant staff about 2-3 months before the internship would start from the pool of applicants. However, admissions are rolling and applications sent in after that will continue to be sent to staff until all staff find interns for their projects.
- are appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels.
- are flexible in schedule, can be full or part time, and even full time internships will include at least one afternoon per week for professional and personal development.
- do not offer a stipend.
While the best thing for your application is indicating the type of project you are interested in, knowing which department would best serve your learning goals can help us send your application to the right staff members. Take a look at the departments below for ideas.
Collections department internships will focus on projects related to cataloging and preserving objects for storage or display in the museum galleries. Past projects include preparing stamp artwork for the Freedom exhibition and rehousing and digitizing the Post Master General's collection.
Curatorial internships focus on conducting research and writing about postal history or philatelic topics. Interns utilize the museum library and primary source materials (trips to the National Archives are not out of the ordinary) to research their concept, then showcase their findings to the public. Some projects have culminated with series of blog posts or informational webpages such as ZIP code promotional campaign, railway mail service, and women in the postal service.
Education or Visitor Services internships vary widely but are about educational programs and visitor services inside and outside the museum. Projects in the past include developing a story time program for young children, creating a pop-up cart to bring the museum outside, creating a series of self-guides for the museum, and implementing an accessibility tour for low-vision and blind visitors. This department interprets and makes accessible our museum content and works to improve the visitor experience in a variety of ways.
Exhibits internships focus on the design, installation and upkeep of Postal Museum exhibitions and galleries. One intern's project was the graphic design for the Collecting History exhibit.These projects will likely focus on upcoming exhibitions and availability will be very dependent on them.
Library internships center around expanding and maintaining the museum library collection. Past projects include arranging the Small Journals collection, shifting monographs to make room for new acquisitions, and improving the library website.