Our interns are part of a fun, friendly, and supportive learning environment! Our paid internships are work-based learning opportunities that introduce college students to museum-related careers and other professions found in large cultural organizations. Each internship is designed to further the intern’s educational goals and the Museum’s mission. You’ll be assigned a mentor from your internship department and immediately become part of the team.
- Will you be working on projects that impact your internship department and the Museum? Yes!
- Will you be part of the team’s weekly planning meetings? Yep, to that, too!
We offer a variety of paid internships, beginning in summer 2023, designed for undergraduate and graduate students seeking professional experience. The hourly rate is $15/hr. for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree; $18/hr. for students pursuing a master’s degree or higher. Internships are designed for a maximum commitment of twenty-five hours per week for twelve weeks, with consideration given to individual college/university requirements. (Additional adjustments to the 12-week, 25-hour schedule will be at the discretion of the internship supervisor).
You belong here!
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We respect 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, childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or characteristics, age, membership in an employee organization, military or veteran status, 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.
You’ll receive either free 24/7 downtown parking (one block from the Museum) or a free WeGo bus pass, with most stops just a short walk away.
Free and discounted stuff!
- Complimentary admission to the Museum for yourself during your internship. Two complimentary Museum admission passes for friends and family use.
- Free guided tour of Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B, and the Museum’s galleries
- Discounts at Museum stores and restaurants
- Free or discounted entry to local venues including: National Museum of African American Music, the Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and more.
The Museum’s award-winning sustainability program significantly reduces waste through recycling and composting and provides meals to food insecure Nashvillians.
A possible career!
Many of our interns go on to apply, and are accepted, for full-time staff positions.
A chance to create lifelong friendships and memories!
You’ll be invited to Museum and staff-only events and have opportunities to make connections with your fellow interns.
Available internships, within the Museum, Hatch Show Print, and Historic RCA Studio B, include opportunities in collections, development, education, event management, library, marketing, public relations, and more. (Note that internship offerings are subject to change each semester.) Possible opportunities 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. The goal of the Public Programs internship is to gain experience in planning and executing a range of programs intended to educate adult audiences about country music. These programs may include live interviews and performances, concerts, film screenings, and other educational offerings. Under the guidance of the Public Programs team, the intern will learn to help prepare for and facilitate these programs, communicate with Museum visitors and program performers, and write various program support materials.
- School Programs: School Programs provide dynamic, interdisciplinary learning experiences that support curriculum standards in core subject areas for K–12. This internship’s goal is to engage the intern in a variety of interdisciplinary educational experiences in a museum environment. These experiences support teachers, students, and curriculum standards in core subject areas and will provide the intern with expanded knowledge of educational careers. The School Programs intern will receive hands-on training from museum educators, and they will interact directly with student and teacher audiences who visit the museum to participate in activities that align to STEAM, College and Career Readiness, ELA, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Learning, and/or fine arts curriculum.
- 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 Wedding Sales 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.
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.
Marketing – Digital Marketing and 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.
- 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.
- Marketing: This internship’s goal is to engage the intern 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 learn 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.
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 goal of this internship is to learn the necessary skills to provide exceptional care to artifact collections, as well as importance of proper collections care within a museum setting. The Collections intern will work most closely with the team of registrars who focus on collections processing, research, storage, and care and will assist with 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.
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. This internship’s goal is to engage the intern in public and media relations experiences in a museum environment. The Public Relations intern will work with the team handling all facets of public and media relations for the Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. The intern will receive hands-on training from 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.
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.
Internships are offered three times a year: spring, summer, and fall.
Internships require a maximum commitment of twenty-five 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.
Yes. Beginning with the summer 2023 semester, internships are paid learning experiences. The hourly rate for this position is $15/hr. for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree; $18/hr. for students pursuing a master’s degree or higher.
Yes, payment you receive during your internship is considered taxable income; taxes will be withheld. Payments will be made via direct deposit to your designated bank account and reflected on your bi-weekly pay stub. Work week calculations are determined by hours worked Tuesday through Monday.
Yes. The internship program is designed and intended for currently enrolled, credit-seeking, and/or degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students. Recent college graduates are also eligible to participate in the program the semester immediately following their graduation. For example, if you graduate in May, you can apply for a summer internship. However, you would not be eligible for a fall internship as you would no longer be enrolled in school (unless continuing to graduate school then). Graduates who no longer qualify for an internship may be interested in volunteering or career opportunities at the Museum instead. For more information, please visit our Volunteer and Careers 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 offering in-person internship experiences only.
Housing is not provided. Please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.