Spy Museum Internships

Participating in a Spy Museum Internship is a great way to gain professional experience in the museum field, practice specialized skills, and learn from mentors with a variety of backgrounds. Spy Museum Interns play a critical role in the operations and development of spy programs, events, and offerings. Internship opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer depending on department need.

Most Spy Museum Internships are open to anyone currently pursuing their post-secondary pathway, including undergraduates, graduate students, and persons seeking a professional certificate or an associate degree. Please see specific department position descriptions for additional pre-requisites. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds and perspectives who are interested in working for a mission-driven nonprofit committed to education and access.  

At this time, Spy Museum Internships are unpaid with no expectation of compensation. The internship does not entitle, nor guarantee, the intern employment at the conclusion of the internship. The International Spy Museum offers academic credit for all internships. The Museum will work with the intern to complete all necessary forms to receive credit, but the intern is responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their school. 

Other Internship Benefits:

  • Complimentary admission to the Museum (and two free guest passes)
  • 20% discount at the Spy Store
  • Professional development workshops, trainings, mentor matching, and lunch with Museum leadership 
  • Access to SPY programs and lending library
  • Invitations to special intern social events and networking events


Available Internships

Administrative Special Projects Intern

The Administrative Special Projects Intern will work as a research lead to the executive team and will assist with the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) process component for Museum department policies and procedures. This contracted position works closely with the Executive Department to (1) develop the intern’s capacity to undertake research and (2) to increase the intern’s knowledge of nonprofit business modeling and operations.

Development Intern

Our Development Department seeks an intern to work alongside the staff to steward donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.

SpyCast Intern

The office of the Executive Director seeks an intern to work alongside the Historian & Curator. The SpyCast Intern will work as a research assistant to the Historian & Curator and will assist with the SpyCast podcast, publications, and other ancillary research and administrative functions.

Youth Education Intern

Our Programs department seeks an intern to work alongside staff to create a digital classroom offering for schools and families relating to Cold War history that can benefit students seeking support for their National History Day (NHD) projects.