Internship FAQs

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Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from prospective interns. Please review these items before contacting NMWA.

Please note: NMWA’s internship program is currently on hiatus.

Our internship program is specifically designed for students who have completed their sophomore year of undergraduate study (or higher), recent graduates, and graduate students. All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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.

All applicants will receive an email from NMWA acknowledging receipt of their application(s).

Interns may work either a full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (at least 20 hours/week) schedule (up to a total of 480 hours).

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.

Yes. Please note that intern applicants are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships.

Yes. You may apply for up to three internships per term by submitting a separate application, cover letter, and resume for each position. All submissions will be acknowledged by NMWA via an email receipt.

Securing housing in Washington, D.C., is the intern’s responsibility.

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 qualified for the internship. The letter should describe your strengths, talents, and level of experience, as the recommender honestly sees them.

If your recommender would prefer to submit letters directly, they may send them by email to or by mail to:

Associate Educator
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3970

If your transcript file is too large to be uploaded to the application, you may send it as an attachment to

In place of these documents, upload a note to the application explaining how those materials will be received.

All applicants will receive notification of our decision within a month-and-a-half after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Summer Term (June–August)

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Notification: April 30

Fall Term (September–December)

  • Deadline: June 15
  • Notification: July 31

Spring Term (January–May)

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Notification: November 30