Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Who may apply for an internship?
Our internship program is specifically designed for students who have completed their sophomore year of undergraduate study (or higher) and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Do you accept international students?
We accept international students and encourage all international students to apply. Please note that all international students are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their
countries regarding permits and/or visas, as well as securing housing. NMWA does not sponsor international student interns.

Will I receive a confirmation of receipt of my application materials?
All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their applications.

How many hours per week do I need to commit to an internship?
The exact hours vary from internship to internship. In general, an average of 20 hours per week is expected for unpaid internships. Please see each internship description for its specific
time requirement.

Are there specific start and end dates to the internship?
The start and end dates listed on our website are for general reference. Accepted applicants will work with their perspective departments to find the best start and end dates.

May I complete an internship for course credit?
Yes. Please note that intern applicants are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships. Hours vary and are flexible; however, a minimum of 20 hours per week is generally required for part-time internships and receiving course credit.

Can I apply to more than one internship?
Yes, you can apply to up to three open internships per season. You are allowed to apply to more than one paid, endowed internships by specifying interest in your cover letter(s) but know that we do not award more than one paid internship for accepted interns.

Is there housing for interns?
At this time the museum does not offer housing to interns.

Who should provide my letters of recommendation? What should they include? How should I submit my letters of recommendation?
Letters should state the relationship between the candidate (you) and the recommender, who may be your professor, advisor, employer, former employer, or internship coordinator. The letter should explain how long the recommender has known you and why they believe you are you qualified for the internship; the letter should describe your strengths, talents, and level of experience, as the recommender honestly sees them.

You may submit the letters of recommendation by uploading them if they are scanned in to show the original signature and letterhead. If this is not possible, you may send them by mail. If your recommender would prefer to submit letters directly, she or he may send them by email to or by mail.

Mailing address:
Assistant Educator
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005-3970

When should I expect a decision?
All applicants will receive notification of our decision within a month after the application deadline.

Summer (June–August)March 15April 15
Fall (September–December)June 15July 15
Spring Term (January–May)October 15     November 15