Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.


The Program Administrator (Interns/Fellows) for the Robert F. Smith (RFS) Fund works with the RFS Committee and is responsible for the full execution of the program to include: recruitment of host sites and interns, promotion and marketing, development and implementation of program content and evaluation, and reporting. The major duties include:

  • developing program guidelines for the Robert F. Smith Internship and Fellowship program;
  • recruiting and coordinating of interns and host sites, working with Smithsonian units and external partners (HBCUs, other colleges and universities, art and design programs, professional networks, etc.) to advertise and promote internship and fellowship opportunities;
  • placing and on-boarding interns, serving as the point of contact for incoming interns;
  • developing and implementing professional development programs for each intern/fellow;
  • managing the program budget;
  • developing and implementing the program evaluation plan; and
  • reporting and coordinating with RFS Fund Committee and NMAAHC's Office of Strategic Partnerships program alignment with the budget and tracking metrics, milestones and evaluation protocols established by the RFS Program Manager.
ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No