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. Internships are offered three times a year: Spring, January – April. Summer, May – August. Fall, September – December. Educational programs which operate on a quarterly basis will be accommodated. Additional adjustments to the 12 week, 20 hour schedule will be at the discretion of the internship supervisor.

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. Internship positions are offered each semester.

Petrella, First Lady of Country Soul and Founder of Dreams of the Heartland Foundation Inc. Minority Student Scholarship – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum internship program seeks to increase participation of minority students in the museum field, by providing two paid internships for 2019, made possible through the generous support of Bob and Petrella Pollefeyt. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with a focus on their academic goals through direct experience in museum-related projects.

To apply, please download the scholarship information and upload the required essay with your internship application.


Applications for fall internships will be open to apply from April 22 through July 12, 2019 or until filled. Please see the internship opportunities below, you will be asked to complete the application and attach a resume and cover letter. If you are applying for the “Petrella, First Lady of Country Soul and Founder of Dreams of the Heartland Foundation Inc. Minority Student Scholarship” please attach the essay to your internship application.

Internship FAQs

Are the internships paid or unpaid?

All internships are unpaid learning experiences designed to further the intern's educational goals and the mission of the Museum.

Do you have to be a student to apply?

Preference is given to students who are receiving academic credit. Non-students should be able to demonstrate a connection between the internship and a career or academic goal.

Are international students accepted?

Applications from international students are accepted. The student must obtain a J-1 Visa before being accepted as an intern. The Museum cannot assist in any way obtaining a visa.

For additional information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 615-760-6537 or by email at