Internship: Division of Public Programs

The mission of the Division of Public Programs is to foster public understanding and appreciation of the humanities. We support high quality projects blending sound humanities scholarship with engaging presentation formats designed to provide rich learning experiences for large and diverse public audiences. Fundable activities include, but are not limited to, radio and television documentaries, museum and library exhibitions and interpretation of historic sites, reading or film discussion series, lectures, symposia, and a wide array of related components in support of such programs, for example, catalogs, brochures, and digital products.

Interns engage in various tasks within the Division, generally gathering data to help in the assessment of the reach and effectiveness of the projects we fund. For example, one recent intern project involved systematically collecting, quantifying, and analyzing data about the reach and impact of recently-funded documentary film programs; another intern compiled information about the interpretive uses of new digital technologies at museums and historic sites. For every project, the intern will prepare a summative report of the findings, and will have opportunities to discuss those findings with Division staff.

A student of a humanities discipline, library science, film, museum studies or media studies is preferred.


Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating where in the NEH you wish consideration for an internship and the time period for which you are available (including the number of hours/days of the week if you will not be available for a full-time work schedule). A writing sample and copy of your transcript, if applying for a student internship, is requested but not required. Also, for student applicants from colleges or universities that grant academic credit for internships, please indicate if you are seeking an internship for academic credit.

Contact: Karen Mittelman
Office of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8269 or

Please allow at least four to six weeks prior to the date you wish to intern to allow proper consideration of your application.

If you have any questions, please call the NEH Office of Human Resources Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 202 606-8415. We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a year-round internship program.