Peter A. Krueger Virtual Internships Summer 2021

Aerial view of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located in the former residence of Andrew Carnegie. Read below for information about the museum's hours and admission prices.

Cross-Platform publications INTERNSHIP

The Cross-Platform Publishing Intern will focus on creating new multi-media content that helps tell stories of design and make this material discoverable for previously unreached and existing audiences. The aim of the internship is to bring new perspectives to the storytelling efforts of the museum, while relying on the core principle that design can be an agent for positive change in our world. The intern will use their background, experience, and perspective to synthesize the content Cooper Hewitt curates, creates, and co-creates into new methods of storytelling. The intern will be expected to offer their ideas, assessments, and creative vision to help shape the multi-media work.   

A student interning in Cross-Platform Publishing will explore the design process first-hand, collaborating with internal and external partners, and making decisions with consideration for budgets, deadlines, and institutional voice and goals.   

Skills and Qualifications:   

  • Audio, photo, and/or video editing/production 
  • Nonfiction or fiction storytelling experience 
  • An interest in how design stories can change our world 
  • Openness to learn from new perspectives and a desire to grow 
  • Experience with Adobe Suite

All Peter A. Krueger Internships will be virtual in 2021 regardless of museum operating status.

curatorial internship

The Curatorial department seeks an intern to join a team of curators working on a project around housing design and history in the United States and its territories.     

The Curatorial department generates the content that fills Cooper Hewitt’s galleries and can be experienced by walking through exhibitions, reading museum publications and perusing online.  Curatorial practice is centered on ideas and research, using objects, themes, and people to tell stories.  Curators are responsible for studying objects in and acquiring new objects for the museum’s permanent collection, exploring design themes and processes, and engaging with living and historic designers.  In doing so, curators build narratives that offer distinct perspectives, new contexts and seek to generate meaningful dialogue and experiences.  

This project is exploring how contemporary designers, artists and architects are thinking about housing, home, and habitats at an inflection point for this country.  Topics of interest include housing and gender, architectural innovation, labor in the home, indigeneity, decolonization, crisis housing, and the legacy of US housing systems.   

Working as part of a small group of curators with different backgrounds, the intern will gain first-hand experience with curatorial practice and design thinking.  The internship coincides with the project’s research and concept-formation phase, offering many opportunities for the intern to help shape content and be part of critical early discussions amongst curators, with other museum departments, and with living designers.      

Skills and Qualifications:   

  • Significant coursework, degree, or demonstrated interest in Art History, American Studies, American History and/or Government, Sociology, Critical Theory, Architecture, or Industrial Design 
  • Experience researching in an academic context 
  • Interest in community organizing 
  • Comfort working with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint 
  • Ability to read and understand another language, especially Spanish, is a plus 

All Peter A. Krueger Internships will be virtual in 2021 regardless of museum operating status.



The Communications and Marketing Department raises public awareness about Cooper Hewitt’s exhibitions and public programs through public relations, social media, marketing and advertising initiatives.  

As a part of the Communications and Marketing team, the graphic design intern will collaborate with many different departments and experience the design process from plan to execution. An internship will offer an opportunity to produce graphic design materials to promote Cooper Hewitt as a contemporary local, national, and international design resource for its target audiences.  

The intern will help implement design systems and guidelines for visual communications that extend and complement the Cooper Hewitt brand identity and ensure consistency of the museum’s identity and brand on all digital and print pieces.  

Skills and Qualifications:   

  • Strong graphic design portfolio 
  • Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS/JS, MS Office 
  • Understanding of WordPress and MailChimp theming/templating environments 
  • Working knowledge of various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, is required.  
  • Animation skills are a plus. 

All Peter A. Krueger Internships will be virtual in 2021 regardless of museum operating status.


The nearly 39,000 three-dimensional objects in Product Design and Decorative Arts form an important, comprehensive resource for the history of decorative arts and design. International in scope, but predominantly European and American, the collection reflects a vast range of historical styles, design movements, and techniques and contains an exceptionally diverse assortment of objects, from match safes and birdcages to personal grooming devices and soup tureens. The collection includes unique works of design, prototypes, and examples of early production models, as well as iconic expressions of their medium or era —again, mostly American and European in origin. Categories of objects within the product design collection include a comprehensive ceramics collection, most notably European porcelain and earthenware, furniture, metalwork, lighting, glass, jewelry, models, architectural elements, appliances, and industrial design. Documenting the evolution of the computer and other electronic devices has been a primary focus since the 1990s. Additionally, the department provides oversight for the museum’s renowned collection of wallcoverings (around 10,000 collection objects).  

 For the past eighteen months, Product Design and Decorative Arts (PDDA) has been developing comprehensive guidelines for data entry, including a rehaul of classification standards and incorporating controlled vocabulary, as part of a broader effort to document the collection to industry standards. We are also aiming to foster diversity and inclusion through our cataloguing practices. 

PDDA is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented intern who would be keen to assume responsibility for the following tasks:  

  • Research and develop bibliography for inclusive cataloging data practices; 
  • Conduct field research/benchmarking with regards to similar initiatives within the Smithsonian (SI) and across the industry; 
  • Audit and assess current state of inclusive cataloging standards as they manifest in both sets of public- and internal-facing data; 
  • Provide support in drafting a proposal for more inclusive cataloging standards; and  
  • Participate in bi-weekly Data Standards Committee Meetings and bi-weekly Product Design and Decorative Arts coffee-and-cataloging sessions.

Skills and Qualifications:   

  • Keen interest in databases 
  • Keen interest in cataloging practices  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications  
  • High level of attention to detail 
  • Technological savvy

All Peter A. Krueger Internships will be virtual in 2021 regardless of museum operating status.


Featured Image: Aerial view of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located in the former residence of Andrew Carnegie