The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a variety of internships for undergraduate or graduate college students seeking real-world learning experiences.
More than 1.2 million guests explore the Museum each year, placing it among the most visited history museums in the country. Interns here experience a fast-paced, hands-on environment, where they learn alongside Museum professionals, advance their educational goals, and support the Museum’s mission. Available internships (within the Museum, Hatch Show Print, and Historic RCA Studio B) include opportunities in archival preservation, creative, event management, public relations, marketing, development, fundraising, museum education, and public programs.
The Museum hosts up to seventy interns annually, through internships that are offered three times a year (spring, summer, and fall) and require a minimum commitment of twenty hours per week for a minimum of twelve weeks.
Field Forward Internship Program
The Museum’s Field Forward program seeks to increase equitable access to and participation in our internships, providing financial support to students in the form of stipends in three tracks:
• Aspiring Museum Professional
• Financial Need
Field Forward’s goals are to encourage diverse student engagement with the Museum and the broader field; provide support to students who are unable to participate in unpaid internships; and encourage students majoring in museum-focused or museum-related fields to seek national-level experience via the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Fall 2021 Internship Program
Applications for fall 2021 internships are now being accepted. We are currently planning for an in-person internship experience. With everyone’s health and safety in mind, we will continue to monitor and rely on the guidance from public health officials to inform all decisions moving forward.
Please visit the How To Apply tab for more information, including important dates.
Internship opportunities are available in:
Creative – Graphic Design: 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. The Graphic Design Intern rotates throughout the department, assisting designers with specific projects.
Creative – 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. The Video Editing Intern works with multiple members of the Creative team and will produce finished reels on a broad range of subjects.
Development: The Development Department oversees all philanthropic efforts, including the Museum’s membership program; annual, major, and planned giving; fundraising and stewardship events; exhibition openings; and more. The Development Intern rotates throughout the Development Department and assists with events, membership, grant writing, and research, among other tasks.
Events – Events Administration: The Events Department comprises the event services, event entertainment, catering, banquets, sales, and administration staff. The Events Department plans and executes approximately 1,500 internal and external events per year. The Events Administration Intern rotates throughout the department, shadowing and learning the different aspects of each area.
Events – Wedding Sales and Services: The Events Department comprises the event services, event entertainment, catering, banquets, sales, and administration staff. The Events Department plans and executes more than 40 weddings per year. The Wedding Sales and Services Intern will shadow and assist in the wedding event planning process as well as during the day of the wedding.
Guest Relations and Admission Analytics Department: The Guest Relations Department manages staff that impacts the guest experience, such as box office sales, information desk, membership desk, greeters, Historic RCA Studio B tour guides, reservationists, and ushers. The Guest Relations Intern assists Guest Relations management in functions relating to the daily operations of front line staff.
Historic RCA Studio B: Historic RCA Studio B, once the recording home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton, is one of the world’s most renowned recording facilities. Located on Nashville’s famed Music Row, Studio B serves as a popular cultural attraction and as a classroom for students who visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Studio B Intern works with the Studio B audio team to assist with recordings and equipment management of our historic assets.
Hatch Show Print: 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.
Marketing: The Marketing Department manages the marketing and promotional needs of key internal clients. This 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.
Museum Sales and Tourism: The Museum Sales and Tourism Department creates products to attract new audiences and inspire loyalty through engaging interaction and effective educational communication. Through B2B and B2C relationships, the department is responsible for all admission revenue lines at the Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. The Museum Sales and Tourism Intern will rotate throughout the department, shadowing and learning the different aspects of each area.
Museum Services – Collections: Within the Museum Services Division are exhibit managers, curators, and registrars tasked with preserving and protecting the Museum’s collections using the best practices available. The Collections Intern will work most closely with the team of registrars and assist with organizing, photographing, and cataloging artifacts in the Museum’s collection, including, but not limited to, awards, clothing and accessories, document collections, and memorabilia.
Public Programs: Housed within the Education Department, Public Programs is responsible for educating varied audiences about country music through events that target adult audiences. The Public Programs Intern assists the Public Programs team in the planning and execution of nearly 200 public programs per calendar year, including live interviews and performances, concerts, and film screenings.
Public Relations: The Public Relations Department is a trusted partner, collaborator, and advisor that provides strategic communications counsel on a range of projects including messaging, corporate positioning, reputation management, crisis communication, news story development, and media relations. The Public Relations Intern works on a wide range of projects and administrative tasks to develop a strong skill set.
School Programs: Housed within the Education Department, the School Programs team develops K-12 curriculum-aligned programs and resources that illuminate the stories, themes, and music explored in the Museum’s galleries. The School Programs Intern gains direct experience with developing and implementing educational programs for students and teachers in areas including social studies, science, language arts, music, and other arts.
Youth and Family Programs: Housed within the Education Department, Youth and Family Programs seeks to educate young guests who are visiting as part of a family group through hands-on programs in the Taylor Swift Education Center. The Youth and Family Programs Intern assists with research, planning, execution, and evaluation of educational programs including art making, dance, design, music instruction, and preschool-specific programs.
Click How to Apply above to view available opportunities and submit an application.
Field Forward aims to encourage diverse student engagement with the Museum and the broader field; provide support to students who are unable to participate in unpaid internships; and encourage students majoring in museum-focused or museum-related fields to seek national-level experience. Field Forward offers stipends through three tracks:
2. Aspiring Museum Professional
3. Financial Need
To apply, all Field Forward tracks require completion of:
1. The online Museum application package for the preferred internship
2. The Field Forward application
3. A letter of recommendation
4. Financial Need Track applicants must also complete a Student Aid Profile signed by their college’s financial aid office.
See the How To Apply tab for the online application for each internship, as well as Field Forward application forms.
Travel reimbursement up to $400 is also available to those with demonstrated need who must relocate to Nashville for a Museum internship, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify, a student must live at least 100 miles from Nashville. Applicants will indicate their interest in consideration for travel reimbursement on their Field Forward application and must also submit the Student Aid Profile.
There are a limited number of Field Forward internships and travel reimbursements available per semester.
Field Forward FAQS
How is Field Forward awarded?
Awards will be determined for each track through a collaborative review process between the Museum’s Human Resources and Internship offices.
When and how will I know if I have been selected?
The volunteer and intern manager will notify all applicants of the status of their application by the posted notification date. Notifications will be sent via email.
Who can complete a recommendation letter?
Recommendations must come from a professional reference (e.g., employer, professor, etc.). References should speak to the student’s academic and/or work history, as well as to how this internship will support their future.
Can my references email their letters of recommendation?
The preference is for students to submit references along with their online application. If they are unable to do so, letters may be emailed to email@example.com.
What subjects of study are accepted for the Aspiring Museum Professional track?
Applicable areas of study for the Aspiring Museum Professional track are: anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, conservation, curatorial studies, education, exhibition, history, public history, historic preservation, library and information studies, museum education, museum studies/museology, nonprofit/arts administration/management, music history, and music journalism. If you are not studying one of these degree paths, but you have a strong desire to pursue a career in the museum field, please contact the volunteer and intern manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What expenses are covered by travel reimbursement?
If awarded travel reimbursement, the intern will submit receipts for expenses. Allowable expenses include hotel, flight, bus fare, and gas. Expenses that are not permitted include food, alcohol, and blank mileage.
What are the hour requirements for Field Forward Recipients?
Field Forward recipients for the spring or fall semester are required to complete twenty hours a week over a twelve week period. The summer semester recipients are required to complete thirty hours a week over a twelve week period.
Is the Field Forward stipend taxable income?
Yes, the Field Forward stipend is considered taxable income, however, taxes are not withheld from the stipend payments. It is the responsibility of Field Forward recipients to report this income to the IRS when filing their annual taxes. Individuals will receive a 1099-NEC tax form postmarked by January 31 of the following year which will state all payments paid to the intern.
Thank you for your interest in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s internship program. Applications for fall 2021 internships are now being accepted.
We are looking forward to welcoming interns and offering an engaging in-person learning experience. Current safety protocols at the Museum include health screenings, social distancing, mask use, and increased sanitation.
The health and safety of our staff, interns, volunteers, and guests are our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor and rely on the guidance from public health officials to inform all decisions moving forward.
Important Dates for the Fall 2021 Internship Program
• Applications close end of day Monday, July 5
• Applicants will be notified of their status by Wednesday, July 14
• Field Forward Award and travel reimbursement recipients will be notified by Wednesday, July 21
• Internships begin on Monday, August 30 and end Friday, December 3
The application package requires the completion of an online application and submission of a cover letter and resume. Some internships require additional materials, so be sure to review the specific submission requirements for the preferred internship.
Available Internships for Fall 2021
To begin the application process, click the link on the preferred internship below. These are our current internship opportunities. Applications, including resumes and cover letters, are due by July 5.
• Events: Events Administration
• Events: Wedding Sales and Services
• Museum Sales and Tourism
• Museum Services: Collections
• Public Programs
• Public Relations
• School Programs
• Youth and Family Programs
Field Forward Application Process
In addition to the internship application (and resume and cover letter), Field Forward candidates must also submit a Field Forward application and a letter of recommendation from a professional reference (e.g. employer, professor, etc.) speaking to their academic and/or work history as well as how this internship supports their future plans.
A letter of recommendation should be uploaded with the Field Forward application. If unable to do so, the letter of recommendation may be emailed to email@example.com.
Please follow the instructions in the Field Forward application and submit all documents by July 5:
In addition to the above internship and Field Forward applications, candidates for Field Forward’s Financial Need track or travel reimbursement should also submit the Student Financial Aid Profile signed by their college’s financial aid office.
Please follow the instructions in the Student Financial Aid Profile and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 5:
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. All internship offers are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate 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 and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, 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.
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. Field Forward internships award stipends to qualifying students based on three tracks. Please visit the Field Forward tab for more information.
Do you have to be a student to apply?
Preference is given to students who are receiving academic credit. Non-students may apply and will be considered if they demonstrate a connection between the internship and a career or academic goal.
Is housing provided?
Housing is not provided.
Can you accommodate educational programs that operate on a quarterly basis?
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 volunteer and intern manager at email@example.com.
Are international students accepted?
International student 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.
What happens after I apply?
Applications will be reviewed by the volunteer and intern manager and internship supervisors. If an interview is desired, you will be contacted.
For additional information, contact the volunteer and intern manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.