The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA, is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. It is located in the restored 100 year old former Bethlehem Steel Electrical Shop on the largest brownfield in America. The Museum showcases machinery from the Smithsonian’s 1876: A Centennial Exposition, and the Iron and Steel, Textile, and Propane industries. In addition, industrial innovations from across the nation are featured throughout the exhibition hall.
NMIH offers a variety of year round internship programs for college and graduate students. Acceptance into the internship program is based on academic achievement, interests, experience, and availability.

Applications are rolling, but follow a semester timeline. Time commitments are flexible and dependent upon the Museum’s needs. Internships are not compensated. Required skills include organizing, prioritizing multiple tasks, working independently; a high degree of skill in written and oral communication; and familiarity with MS Office software.

Internships include working with Collections, Educational Programming, and the Public:

Collections (supervised by Curator and Historian):
    •    Inventory of Museum collections

    •    Data entry using Past Perfect collections software

    •    Handling and, in some cases, cleaning and conserving artifacts with appropriate training and supervision (see Conservation below)

Conservation (supervised by Curator and Historian):
    •    Implement conservation on various artifacts in the NMIH collection. This is a hands-on opportunity to be trained to implement basic conservation techniques on metal, wood, and fiber objects

    •    Must be capable of standing for extended periods of time and working well with handling artifacts. The Intern will learn to enter data related to conservation into a database according to museum best practices

Education (supervised by Education Coordinator):

    •    Designing curricula, facilitating, and teaching interactive school programs for K-12 

    •    Focus on STEM education in preparing educational materials for classes

    •    Interacting with visitor groups and addressing the educational needs of adult, youth, and family audiences

    •    Hands-on workshops and instructional activities and tours

    •    Collaborating on educational programs in conjunction with special exhibitions

Hospitality (supervised by Marketing and Outreach Coordinator):
    •    To serve as the museum’s friendly and knowledgeable ambassadors to the public

    •    Provide the community with specific information about NMIH, its exhibits, programs and events 

    •    Specific tasks range from event set up and break down to public speaking, data collection, and more. Candidates must be comfortable working with all ages. 

    •    Hospitality interns may supervise volunteers who are serving as docents, ambassadors, or guest service members.

    •    Interns will interact with outside vendors, the Director of Development, and other staff as necessary to coordinate events for outside groups as well as internal programming with NMIH

Marketing (supervised by Marketing and Outreach Coordinator):

    •    Marketing interns may assist with public relations, including writing and editing press releases, maintaining social media outlets, and assisting with other tasks as needed.

    •    Interns should be knowledgeable in at two of the following areas: graphic design, web programming & CMS maintenance (html/php/css/Wordpress), photography,  and copy writing.

    •    Interns will develop content for various outlets that NMIH utilizes, creating interesting and engaging stories with staff members about events, the Museum's collection, and other facets of the museum.

 For more information on internships at that National Museum of Industrial History, contact the Office Manager at 610-694-6644 or


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