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 recent graduates who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

May international students apply?
We encourage international students to apply. Accepted 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 internship season terms 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.

May I apply to more than one internship?
Yes, you may apply to up to three open internships per term by completing a separate electronic application for each. You are allowed to apply to more than one endowed internship by specifying interest in your cover letter(s), but know that we do not award more than one paid internship for accepted interns.

Does the museum arrange for intern housing?
No, securing housing in Washington, D.C., is the intern’s responsibility.

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.

What should I do if I am unable to upload my letters of recommendation and/or transcript to my application?
You may submit the letters of recommendation by uploading them provided the original letterhead and signature are visible. If this is not possible, you may send them as attachments to or by mail. If your recommender would prefer to submit letters directly, she or he may send them by email to or by mail.

If the file size of your transcript is too large to be uploaded to the application, you may send them as attachments to or by mail.

If you are unable to submit either of your recommendations or transcript through the application, upload a note explaining the issue and how those materials will be received.

Mailing address:
Associate 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 (Jun–Aug)March 15April 30
Fall (Sep–Dec)June 15July 31
Spring Term (Jan–May)October 15     November 30

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National Museum of Women in the Arts