Internship Opportunities

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers unpaid internships that advance the educational goals of the student as well as the Museum’s mission.

Internships are designed for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks with consideration given to individual university requirements. Educational programs which operate on a quarterly basis will be accommodated.

Motivated students who are seeking hands-on experiences in a team-oriented environment will find excellent opportunities at the museum. Internships are available which provide learning opportunities in archival preservation, research, event management, communication and marketing, development, and educational programming.

The following internship positions are offered each semester.  Applications are accepted at any time, and internships are open until filled.

For additional information, contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 615-416-2092 or by email at

To apply, download the application and return it with a cover letter and resume to the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 or by email or fax 615-255-2245.

Communications Department Intern
The Communications Department Intern will work on a variety of projects that encompass a wide skill set. He/she will work closely with the Public Relations team to help facilitate its pitches to press and manage the influx of on-site media.
Duties include:

  • Updating and managing press contact databases
  • Collecting and reporting press clips
  • Compiling clip metrics reports
  • Organizing department drives and files
  • Managing inter-departmental sharing of media
  • Assisting with film crews on-site
  • Assisting with budget
  • Strong organizational and writing skills required
  • Knowledge of the music industry and history of country music a plus
  • Assisting with some weekend events
  • Light knowledge of HTML and web design preferred

Youth And Family Programs Internship
The Youth and Family Programs Intern assists with research, planning, execution, and evaluation of educational programs and resources for young museum visitors and families. Youth and family programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include art making, dance, design, music instruction, and preschool specific programs. Many programs take place in the Taylor Swift Education Center.
Intern responsibilities may include:

  • providing administrative support, including maintaining and organizing programs, materials and supplies, tracking evaluations, database maintenance, public space upkeep, and more
  • assisting with day-of program management and facilitation
  • conducting research for programs or other education department projects
  • preparing program materials, including audio, photo, and video elements
  • overseeing interactive gallery materials
  • participating in department meetings
  • brainstorming program ideas
  • supporting community outreach programs
  • other duties as needed

The ideal candidate has a background that includes experience or course work in education, history, and/or the fine arts. Creativity and critical thinking skills are a must, as is a strong interest in working with children and families. Previous experience working with children and/or teaching is preferred. Experience with early education, art materials, country music, and the desire to work with children and families are encouraged. Good organization and computer skills are very helpful, Saturday and/or Sunday availability is a must.

Client Services Marketing Internship
This internship is designed for a junior, senior, or graduate level student seeking a quality professional experience in the diverse field of marketing. The internship offers a creative, energetic environment in which a student is exposed to the areas of advertising development, promotions, media relations/purchasing, and other forms of marketing.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting at on-site and off-site museum events
  • Supporting the Hall of Fame Street Team
  • Researching current marketing, public relations, and digital trends
  • Writing and editing copy
  • Assembling giveaway packages
  • Updating online calendars with upcoming program information
  • Brainstorming potential marketing partnerships with other organizations
  • Developing and executing sweepstakes and promotions
  • Writing and implementing surveys
  • Executing data capture and data entry
  • Organizing digital images for marketing purposes
  • Fulfilling regional radio trade agreements
  • Developing and executing marketing plans
  • Supporting fulfillment of sponsorship agreements
  • Assisting marketing department staff with daily administrative tasks, including but not limited to, creating presentations, organizing documents, and other daily assignments

The intern should be able to work independently and should possess good organizational, computer, and written and oral communications skills. Experience with Microsoft Office and social media is required.

Public Programs Internship
The intern assists the Public Programs Manager in the planning and execution of educational programs for museum visitors. The museum offers nearly 200 public programs per calendar year, ranging from live interviews and concerts to film screenings and family activities.
Intern responsibilities include
  • researching exhibit themes for corresponding programs
  • brainstorming program ideas
  • maintaining programming binders and digital records
  • processing mail correspondence to artists
  • conducting research for programs and other education department projects
  • participating in department meetings
  • assisting with “day-of-show” program management
  • writing support materials for programs
  • other duties as needed.

Administrative and clerical duties are part of this position but there are also projects that require creative thinking. The ideal candidate should have an interest in education, music, and event planning/booking.  Knowledge of country music is helpful. Saturday and/or Sunday availability is a must.

School Programs Internship
The duties of this internship include assisting the School Programs Coordinator in daily activities and educational program development. 
Daily responsibilities include
  • conducting student tours
  • communicating with teachers
  •  assisting with school program material preparation and administrative tasks. 

Program development responsibilities include

  • assisting in the coordination of teacher advisory groups
  • creating teacher’s guides for classroom use.

The benefits of this internship are gaining direct experience with developing and implementing educational programs for students and teachers in the areas of music, music history and social studies.  Candidates should enjoy working with children, and have a strong interest in education, music history, and educational program development.

Development Department Internship
The development intern assists the Development Department in the following ways:
  • provides support for the management and execution of internal museum events
  • grants research, writing and preparation
  • prospect research, evaluation and cultivation
  • special projects including donor stewardship and VIP tours
  • daily development office activities including database support and filing

Candidates with experience/interest in public relations, communications, marketing, event management are preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. PowerPoint and Excel expertise are encouraged, but not required.

Print Collection Internship
The intern will be directly involved in activities including but not limited to the following:
  • cataloging print materials
  • scanning projects
  • digitization projects
  • periodicals projects
  • assisting with building or weeding collection

The ideal candidate should have library experience or be enrolled in an MLS program and have excellent computer skills and experience or coursework in LC cataloging.  The intern will gain experience in cataloging and other library-related duties.

Events Department Internship
The Events Department Intern will have the following duties:
  • assisting with servicing of events before, during and after Museum hours
  • attending weekly Events Department meetings to learn the skills needed to communicate the execution of events to other departments in the building.
  • shadowing sales manager and service manager during client site visits to learn skills used in selling our space and services.
  • assisting in compiling weekly event reports
  • assisting with administrative and clerical duties for Events Department.

The ideal candidate is an outgoing, motivated individual who is always looking to learn and take the initiative in completing tasks; a service-oriented person with a willingness to help others.
Knowledge of Excel, Word and Microsoft Outlook is preferred. Some hours will be before or after regular 9:00am – 5:00pm Museum hours.

Recorded Sound Collection Internship

The Bob Pinson Recorded Sound collection at the CMHOF consists of a variety of audio formats.  There are many general projects available for interns.  Interns have the opportunity to do hands-on work and gain valuable experience in the archive / library science field.

Projects include (but are not limited to)

  • basic accessioning/processing of sound recordings
  • cataloging of sound recordings
  • basic audiotape/sound recording inspection and handling
  • Auditioning of un-cataloged sound recordings to document content and condition
  • Research

Applicants should have an interest in country music and the history of sound recordings.  Previous work with and knowledge of sound formats is preferred.   Knowledge of cataloging / library science is required.

Museum Sales and Guest Relations Internship
The internship is designed for graduate or undergraduate students in tourism/hospitality industry or organizational management programs. The intern will assist the Guest Relations manager in all functions relating to the daily operations of front line staff.  Hours of internship should be Mon-Fri between 9am-5pm. A minimum of 20 hours per week is preferred.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Staff scheduling for daily operations and special events
  • Developing daily/monthly reports on attendance, revenue, tickets, promotions, etc.
  • Organizational and research projects
  • Work front line positions as needed, interacting directly with guests for special events, emergencies, etc.
  • Communicate with guests via phone/email for questions
  • Assist the Sales department with contacting potential clients and leads
  • Assist reservations manager with  Museum member RSVP’s for public programs, online ticket orders and special events as needed
  • Additional projects as time permits and ideas arise.

Candidates should have strong verbal/written communication and organizational skills.  An open, friendly attitude and pro-active work ethic are essential.  Candidate should be PC proficient and possess basic Word and Excel skills.  Should work well and make decisions under fast-paced environment and always provide strong customer service.  Knowledge of the Nashville area and its music history is a plus.  The ideal candidate will have in interest in the tourism or hospitality industry.

Moving Images Collection Internship
The moving image collection at CMHFM consists of over 24,000 film, video, and digital assets.  Internship and volunteer opportunities in the archive are flexible and depend on the knowledge level, skill level, interests, and time commitment of the volunteer or intern.  Interns and volunteers have the opportunity to work hands-on with the collection; work closely with staff, and gain and valuable experience in the archive and library science field.
Basic projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Basic film inspection and handling
  • Assessment, re-housing, and skeletal cataloging of collections
  • Content logging of video collections
  • Scanning and re-housing of archival paper materials

Special Projects:
Volunteers and interns with advanced or specific skill sets may work with staff to create a proposal for a special project.  Special projects usually consist of deeper research or cataloging of a specific sub-collection within the archive. Applicants must be familiar with basic PC or Mac operation, be able to work well independently, have strong organizational skills, and have strong attention to detail.  An interest in country music is a plus.  Experience with film and video playback equipment, scanners, or video editing software is also preferred.

Photo Collection Internship
The intern will be directly involved in activities including but not limited to the following:

  • assisting in rehousing and cataloging photos
  • scanning projects
  • using Photoshop to edit digital images when necessary

The ideal candidate should have experience with digital photographs, using Adobe Photoshop and a working knowledge of scanning practices. An overall familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and other general computer skills is a must. Attention to detail and ability to handle fragile objects is needed. Students that have a familiarity with country music history are a plus. 

IT/Helpdesk Support Internship
This position will provide technical support to all of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s employees, including retail shops, box offices and administrative departments. The Help Desk Support intern will have the responsibility of assisting users on a wide variety of hardware/software related issues. A minimum of 20 hours per week is preferred.
Candidate will have an opportunity to learn and excel with Windows based systems in a comfortable, fast paced environment and will be required to:

  • Respond to requests for technical support
  • Identify, research, and resolve technical problems
  • Support, monitor, test, and troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  • Provide user-level software support, including but not limited to, MS Office 2007 (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, Exchange Outlook Web Access, and the museum’s various databases
  • Research and document new technologies to support ongoing projects
  • Will have a major role in writing and organizing documentation
  • Any other duties as assigned

Technical Requirements

  • Strong MS Office 2007, 2010 skills
  • Have received training on Windows operating systems--Windows server 2003, XP, Windows 7.  
  • Posses a strong working knowledge of office printing and scanning technologies
  • Working knowledge of PC hardware, Ethernet networking infrastructure & IP protocols desired
  • Exposure to Active Directory, Windows 2008 r2 and VMware a plus

Other skills

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be resourceful, freethinking, self-paced, and flexible
  • Ability to carry out tasks quickly and independently