Employment and Internship Opportunities
The DOI employs over 600 full-time personnel in museum job series classifications, and many more DOI staff in other job series classifications (e.g., Park Ranger, Geology and Paleontology, Archaeology) have museum responsibilities. All open positions are listed on USAJOBS, and applicants must apply using USAJOBS.
Tips for locating DOI museum jobs through USAJOBS include:
- Use the “Advanced Search” option. Under the “Department and Agency” heading, add “Department of the Interior.”
- Under “Who May Apply,” select “general public” or “federal employees” as appropriate. Searching as a federal employee will return positions that are only open to employees who have worked at a federal agency for three or more years. Searching using the general public category will return positions open to everyone.
- Search for positions in museum job series classifications. Codes include:
- 1015 - Museum Curator
- 1016 - Museum Specialist and Technician
- 1420 - Archivist
- 1421 - Archivist Technician
- 1001 - General Arts and Information (includes registrar and conservator positions)
- 1010 - Exhibits Specialist
- Note that other positions have museum responsibilities. Look for other related positions!
There are many external resources on the federal job application process. A helpful list can be found here.
through the National Council for Preservation Education
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) are eligible to apply for paid internships through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Interns with a background in heritage preservation and related fields have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable mentors at different DOI bureaus. Internships are located across the country, and positions are available for the summer and academic year.
See here for a list of available positions.
Federal Pathways Program
The Federal Pathways Program offers paths to internships and careers in the federal government for students and recent graduates. While DOI museum-related internships are not listed through the Pathways Program, recent graduates may be interested in the Pathways Program for Recent Graduates. This program provides 1-year federal positions that have the potential to be converted to a permanent position. To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, students must have graduated from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years. Applicants can search for Recent Graduates Program jobs by entering applicable keywords here.
The number of Pathways Program jobs with museum responsibilities is limited. Applicants seeking entry-level positions should also do a general search for museum positions on USAJOBS. GS-1 through GS-7 typically denotes entry-level positions.