More than 1.2 million guests explore the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum each year, placing it among the most visited history museums in the country. Located in downtown Nashville, the Museum exists to preserve, celebrate, and share the important cultural asset that is country music.
We offer a variety of internships designed for undergraduate and graduate students seeking professional experience. Our internships are work-based learning opportunities that introduce college students to museum-related careers and advance their professional and educational goals more broadly. Available internships (within the Museum, Hatch Show Print, and Historic RCA Studio B) include opportunities in education, archival preservation, creative, event management, public relations, marketing, development, and more.
The Museum offers in-person internship experiences during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Internship dates for 2023 are as follows:
2023 Internship Dates
Spring 2023: January 18 – April 14 | Applications closed
Summer 2023: May 17 – August 11 | Applications open in February 2023
Fall 2023: September 13 – December 15 | Applications open in May 2023
Visit “How to Apply” for the application for each internship opportunity, along with important dates and deadlines. See “Internship Opportunities” and “Internship FAQs” for more information on each internship position and answers to frequently asked questions.
We also offer a limited number of Field Forward stipends to students who identify with one of the following three groups: students from communities underrepresented in the cultural arts sector; students who are aspiring museum professionals; students with demonstrated financial need. See “Field Forward Stipend” for more information and how to apply.
Internship Opportunities May Include:
Creative – Graphic Design and Video Editing: The Creative Department designs and produces visual collateral for all exhibits, advertisements, support materials, web graphics (social media, website, and email), and on-property signage, from concept to delivery. With the goal of perpetuating the mission of the Museum, the Creative Department interacts with nearly all other departments to produce materials that rise to a level of excellence worthy of those legends and artists the Museum honors and celebrates. Internships may include:
- Graphic Design: The Graphic Design intern will rotate throughout the department, working alongside each designer on a variety of creative projects including monthly postcards, ads, fliers, and on-property signage. The intern will learn how to utilize Basecamp, a project management tool.
- Video Editing: The Video Editing intern works with multiple members of the Creative team to produce finished reels on a broad range of subjects, including Museum events, web content and social media needs, and some commercial broadcast projects. The intern will learn how to utilize Basecamp, a project management tool.
Development: The Development Department oversees all philanthropy on behalf of the Museum, which includes Museum membership; annual, major, and planned giving; special events, such as exhibition opening receptions and fundraisers; as well as foundation, corporate, sponsorship and government giving programs. An intern in the Development Department assists with Museum events, grant research, donor and constituent support, corporate partnership, memberships, and major gifts.
Education and Community Engagement – Public Programs, School Programs, Youth and Family Programs: Charged with the mission of educating varied audiences about country music, the Education and Community Engagement Department develops programs and resources that illuminate the stories, themes, and music explored in the Museum’s galleries. The Education and Community Engagement Department offers the following internship opportunities:
- Public Programs: Public Programs is responsible for educating varied audiences about country music through events that target adult audiences. As the Public Programs intern you will work alongside the Public Programs team and gain experience in planning and executing a range of programs, which may include live interviews and performances, concerts, film screenings, and educational offerings.
- School Programs: School Programs provide dynamic, interdisciplinary learning experiences that support curriculum standards in core subject areas for preK to 12th grade. The School Programs intern will receive hands-on training from museum educators and will interact directly with student and teacher audiences who visit the museum to participate in activities that align to iSTEAM, College and Career Readiness, ELA, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Learning, and/or fine arts curriculum. The intern will also assist with program delivery and facilitation; support program preparations; take on administrative tasks; help with evaluation and assessment; attend team meetings; and research and brainstorm ways to support future programming.
- Youth and Family Programs: Youth and Family Programs seeks to educate young Museum guests and families through hands-on programs in the Taylor Swift Education Center and through off-site programs in community settings such as libraries, parks, and festivals. Youth and Family Programs include art making, dance, design, music instruction, and preschool-specific programs. An intern with Youth and Family Programs will develop their skills related to researching, planning, executing, and evaluating educational programs and resources for the Museum’s young guests and families.
Events and Culinary – Events Administration and Wedding Sales and Services: The Events and Culinary Department is comprised of six sectors: Sales, Services, Entertainment, Catering, Banquets, and Administration. It plans and executes approximately 1,500 internal and external events per year, including over 40 weddings. The Events and Culinary team offer unique, incomparable experiences designed to foster community and give an authentic connection to the story of country music, while also providing vital revenue for the Museum. The Events and Culinary Department offers the following internship opportunities:
- Events Administration: The Events Administration intern will rotate throughout the Events and Culinary Department shadowing and learning the different aspects of each area: from entering and maintaining event information in CRM software, to planning and managing internal events.
- Wedding Sales and Services: The Wedding Sales and Services intern will learn directly from the Event Services and Catering Manager and shadow and assist in the wedding event planning process and the day of the wedding. In addition to learning all facets of event preparation and tear down, the intern will also gain valuable skills in sales, vendor coordination, networking, and communication of event execution to other Museum departments.
Hatch Show Print: Please visit HatchShowPrint.com/Internships for more information, including internship dates and the application process for this internship. A working letterpress print shop since 1879, Hatch Show Print uses its collection to educate diverse audiences and to create iconic designs that express and commemorate America’s evolving cultural identity. The Hatch Show Print intern learns the basics of typesetting, letterpress poster design, and the printing process by working alongside Hatch Show Print printer-designers and creating custom posters for various clients throughout their internship.
Historic RCA Studio B: Historic RCA Studio B—once home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison, and the Everly Brothers—is one of the world’s most famous recording facilities. The Studio B intern works with the Studio B audio team on recordings and helps manage historic assets and equipment. This intern will experience a vibrant educational environment focused on developing skills as an audio professional, as a caretaker of a historic space, and as a host to guests from around the world.
IT Business Solutions – Data Analytics: The Business Solutions team, under the Information and Technology Division, manages the business applications and analytics needs of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This team works cross-departmentally and uses technology applications to create business solutions and reporting that helps end-users effectively complete their work. The Data Analytics intern will gain familiarity with a variety of business systems, business intelligence and efficiency tools, and various business processes.
Museum Sales and Guest Experience – Guest Relations and Museum Sales: The Museum Sales and Guest Experience Department manages staff that impacts the guest experience, including, but not limited to, box office sales, Information Desk, Membership Desk, greeters, RCA Studio B tour guides, reservationists, and ushers all while providing excellent customer service and achieving revenue goals. Internships may include:
- Guest Relations: The Guest Relations intern will assist Guest Relations management in functions relating to the daily operations of front-line staff. The intern will acquire skills in providing exceptional customer service and decision-making in a fast-paced environment.
- Museum Sales: The Museum Sales Department creates products to attract new audiences and inspires loyalty through engaging interactions and effective educational communications while providing vital revenue for the Museum. The Museum Sales intern will rotate throughout the department, shadowing and learning the different aspects of each area, such as client research and preparing thank you gifts.
Museum Services – Collections and Library and Archives: In direct support of the mission statement of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Museum Services Division preserves and protects the Museum’s collections using best practices available, while incorporating emerging technologies to provide access to these collections. Within Museum Services are teams of exhibit managers, curators, and registrars who offer the following internship opportunities:
- Collections: The Collections intern will work most closely with the team of registrars who focus on collections processing, research, storage, and care. Interns will learn the necessary skills to provide exceptional care of the Museum’s collections, such as organizing, photographing, and cataloging artifacts, including, but not limited to, awards, clothing and accessories, document collections, and memorabilia. The Collections intern should be working toward a master’s degree or higher in history, public history, museum studies, library and information studies or another related field.
- Library and Archives: The Library and Archives collection includes manuscript and print materials, sound recordings, moving images, oral history interviews, and photographs. The Library and Archives intern will assist with the processing and/or digitizing of materials to provide greater access to the Museum’s collections and learn skills related to the preparation of archival materials for use. A prospective intern in this area should be working toward a master’s degree or higher in history, public history, museum studies, library and information studies or another related field.
Marketing—Marketing Services and Digital Marketing: The Marketing Department manages the marketing, promotional, digital, and music and media licensing needs of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum to ensure that best-of-class marketing practices are applied and institution branding standards are met to support the many goals, objectives, and audiences of the Museum and its additional properties.
- Marketing Services: The Marketing Department intern will gain experience in various areas of marketing at the Museum: research and data, marketing and advertising, partnerships and promotions, media buying, and digital marketing. The intern will gain familiarity with the elements of a successful marketing plan for Museum exhibits and events, best practices for a marketing department, key marketing metrics and data, and how the Marketing Department interacts and collaborates with other Museum departments.
- Digital Marketing: The Digital Marketing intern will gain experience in various areas of marketing at the Museum: digital marketing, research and data, and partnerships and promotions; they will also monitor and engage with social media accounts and websites and help support digital marketing campaigns. The intern will gain familiarity with the elements of a successful marketing plan for Museum exhibits and events, best practices for a marketing department, key marketing metrics and data, and how the Marketing Department interacts and collaborates with other Museum departments.
Public Relations: The Public Relations Department is a trusted partner, collaborator, and advisor that provides strategic communications counsel on a range of projects including, but not limited to, messaging, corporate positioning, reputation management, crisis communication, news story development, media relations, grassroots projects, and integrated marketing approaches. The Public Relations intern works with the team that handles all facets of public and media relations for the Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. The intern will work closely with the Public Relations team on a wide range of projects to help expand their communication and relationship building skills and prepare them to manage high-profile tasks and professional challenges.
Please check back soon for available internship positions.
How to Apply
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Prepare your application
The application process for prospective interns includes:
- An online application for the specific internship you are applying for via our internal hiring system, which requires the completion of the following short-answer questions:
- Why do you want to intern at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum? (100-300 words)
- Please expand upon your resume and cover letter and describe what strengths, skills, or professional experience you possess that would contribute positively to this internship experience. (200-500 words)
- What would you like to learn during this internship, and how would this internship contribute to your future goals and aspirations? (200-500 words)
- A resume
- A one-page cover letter; it is recommended that your cover letter explain how your education and experience will contribute positively to this internship and how this internship relates to your academic pursuits and/or career goals.
Please note: The application must be completed in one sitting; our system does not allow for the creation of a user account.
Internship supervisors review all internship applications and invite top applicants to interview for the position. Select applicants are interviewed based on degree path, professional interests, and/or other qualifications applicable to the internship.
Due to the competitive nature of the Museum’s internship program, a prospective intern will only be contacted if an interview is requested.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. All internship offers are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Field Forward Stipend
Field Forward’s goals are to encourage diverse student engagement with the Museum and the broader museum field; promote educational and professional experience and training to students historically underrepresented in museum and other cultural arts professions; provide support to students who are unable to participate in unpaid internships; and encourage students majoring in museum-focused or museum-related fields to seek national-level experience via the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Field Forward stipend seeks to increase equitable access to and participation in our internships by providing financial support to students who identify with one of the following three groups:
- Students from communities underrepresented in the cultural arts sector
- Students who are aspiring museum professionals
- Students with demonstrated financial need
The Field Forward application is live during the same application window as internship applications. View “How to Apply” for further instructions, application deadlines, and other important dates.
Field Forward Application Requirements:
- 1. The online Museum application package for the preferred internship
- 2. The Field Forward application
- 3. A letter of recommendation
- 4. Additional: Financial Need applicants must also complete a Student Aid Profile, signed by their college’s financial aid office. Please follow the instructions in the Student Financial Aid Profile, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With everyone’s health and safety in mind, we continuously monitor the current pandemic and rely on the guidance from public health officials to inform all decisions. Current safety protocols at the Museum include health screenings and increased sanitation. Protocols and safety guidelines are subject to change based on community transmission information and guidance from CDC and local officials.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The Museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The Museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
Field Forward FAQs
This program is designed and intended for currently enrolled, credit-seeking, and/or degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students who are students from communities underrepresented in the cultural arts sector, students who are aspiring museum professionals, and students with demonstrated financial need.
Awards are determined through a collaborative review process between the Museum’s Human Resources and Internship offices.
Field Forward recipients for the spring or fall semester are required to complete twenty internship hours a week over a twelve-week period. The summer semester recipients are required to complete thirty internship hours a week over a twelve-week period.
Field Forward Award Amounts by Semester
- Semester: Summer 2022 | Weeks: 12 | Hours per Week: 30/week | Award amount: $5,400
- Semester: Fall 2022 | Weeks: 12 | Hours per Week: 20/week | Award amount: $3,600
- Semester: Spring 2023 | Weeks: 12 | Hours per Week: 20/week | Award amount: $3,600
A staff member from the Internship office will indicate if you have been awarded a Field Forward stipend when you are offered an internship position. Notifications will be sent via email.
- Describe how you identify with your selected Field Forward group (students from communities underrepresented in the cultural arts sector; students who are aspiring museum professionals; students with demonstrated financial need). (200-500 words)
- Would you like to be considered for travel reimbursement? From what city and state are you relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, for this internship? Only Field Forward candidates relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, (from 100 miles or more) are eligible for a one-time travel reimbursement (up to $400); receipts for allowable expenses must be submitted.
Recommendations must come from a professional reference (e.g., professor, employer, etc.). References should speak to the applicant’s academic and/or work history, as well as to how the specific internship position will support the applicant’s professional and educational aspirations.
We prefer that letters of recommendation are uploaded to the online Field Forward application. If you are unable to do so, you or your reference may email your letter of recommendation to email@example.com.
Students who are considered aspiring museum professionals are seeking degrees or completing coursework in anthropology, archaeology, conservation, cultural studies, curatorial studies, education, exhibition, historic preservation, history, library and information studies, museum education, museum studies/museology, nonprofit/arts administration management, music history, music journalism, and public history. If you are not studying one of these degree paths, but you have a strong desire to pursue a career in the museum field, please describe in your Field Forward application how your area of study/coursework, experiences, interests, and/or goals well position you to pursue a museum career.
Field Forward applicants who currently reside at least 100 miles from Nashville and must relocate to Nashville for the duration of their internship should indicate that they would like to be considered for travel reimbursement (up to $400) on their Field Forward application.
If awarded travel reimbursement, the intern will submit receipts for expenses. Allowable expenses include hotel, flight, bus fare, and gas. Expenses that are not permitted include food, alcohol, and blank mileage.
Yes, the Field Forward stipend is considered taxable income; however, taxes are not withheld from the stipend payments. It is the responsibility of Field Forward recipients to report this income to the IRS when filing their annual taxes. Individuals will receive a 1099-NEC tax form postmarked by January 31 of the following year which will state all payments paid to the intern.
Internships are offered three times a year: spring, summer, and fall.
Internships require a minimum commitment of twenty hours per week for a minimum of twelve weeks. Adjustments may be made to this requirement with the approval of the internship supervisor and Internship office.
All internships are unpaid learning experiences designed to further the intern’s educational goals and the Museum’s mission. The Museum awards a limited number of Field Forward stipends to qualifying students. Visit “Field Forward Stipend” for more information and how to apply.
Yes. The internship program is designed and intended for currently enrolled, credit-seeking, and/or degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students. All interns must be actively enrolled or in pursuit of a degree during the semester of their internship. Recent college graduates may be interested in volunteering or career opportunities at the Museum. For information, please visit our Volunteer and Employment pages.
We currently offer internships to high school students in Davidson County through the Power Youth Summer Employment Initiative. Please visit Power Youth’s website for more information.
We are currently only offering in-person internship experiences.
Housing is not provided. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more guidance on Nashville housing options.
Educational programs that operate on a quarterly basis may be accommodated. If your degree program requires adjustment to the minimum commitment and/or start and end dates, please contact the Internship office at email@example.com.
International students are welcome to apply for an internship. International students must obtain a J-1 Visa before being accepted as interns. The Museum cannot assist students with obtaining visas.
Applications are reviewed by the Internship office and internship supervisors. If an interview is desired, you will be contacted.