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The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit educational association founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. It was created at the recommendation of the National Park Service and with the support of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. All proceeds from the sale of the Associationís books and products are used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent White House Collection, assist in the preservation of the public rooms, and further its educational mission. The Association also sponsors lectures, exhibits, and other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities, and libraries have received free educational materials about the White House.

The White House Historical Association offers an unpaid internship within the Collections Management Department in Washington, D.C., for the pursuit of academic credit within a graduate studies program.


Beginning in June 2019, the selected graduate student intern will begin work at the White House Historical Association (WHHA), located in the historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square. Collections work will include research and inventory projects with the White House Historical Association Collection and the Decatur House Collection. Collections work will further the educational mission of the Association by creating greater access to collections information. As the WHHA Summer 2019 Intern, this individual will have the opportunity to work and interact with professionals at the WHHA as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Park Service, and many others.

Julianne Levin, Collections Manager, will supervise the intern. The schedule is to be determined by supervisor and the intern once the position has been offered.


Student currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in American fine and decorative arts, history, social-cultural or museum studies; schedule availability during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) with some opportunities for evening program assistance (available, but not required); willing to work on multiple projects simultaneously; strong work ethic; highly organized; detail oriented; professional attitude; and a love of history (necessary).

Application Requirements:

  1. Current Resume
  2. Copy of official university transcript (Applications without an official transcript will not be considered)
  3. Brief cover letter (Please provide a statement of interest, explaining your motivation and objectives in seeking an internship)
  4. In-person interview (Qualified candidates will be contacted by WHHA staff for an interview)

Industry: History; Museum; Fine Art; Decorative Arts; Architecture Preservation; Historic Preservation; Non-profit; Government partnership; cross-sector convening

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Please send application materials to and include Summer 2019 Collections Management Internship in the subject line.

*Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.*