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.
Please note: Internship opportunities for the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to monitor and rely on the guidance from public health officials including Nashville Metro Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to inform all decisions moving forward.
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.
Digital and Library Collections: The Digital and Library Collections Department preserves and protects the Museum’s collections using the best practices available. The Digital and Library Collections Intern assists with organizing and digitizing items of the photo, audio, moving images, and print collections.
Events Administration: The Events Department comprises the event services, event entertainment, catering, banquets, and administration staff. The Events Department plans and executes approximately 1,500 internal and external events per year. The Events Intern rotates throughout the department, shadowing and learning the different aspects of each area.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Please note: Information about the spring 2021 application process will be posted here as opportunities become available.
To begin the application process, click the link for the preferred internship below. The application package requires completion of the online application, cover letter, and resume. Some internships require additional materials. Please review the full internship description for the submission requirements specific to the preferred internship.
For Field Forward, please upload the required forms when submitting the online application. All Field Forward applicants must submit the Field Forward application and a letter of recommendation. Financial Need track applicants must also submit the Student Aid Profile signed by their college’s financial aid office.
All accepted interns must pass a criminal background check for the safety of our guests and our collections.
Creative - Graphic Design and Video Editing
Digital and Library Collections
Hatch Show Print
Historic RCA Studio B
Museum Education - School Programs, Youth and Family Programs, and Public Programs
Guest Relations and Admission Analytics Department
Diversity and Inclusion
Led by common interests and curiosity, staff at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include urban and rural, young and old, male and female, and people of different races and nationalities. We celebrate their uniqueness, and we respect the knowledge, abilities, skills, and talents that create the culture of inclusion essential to our vision and mission. We recognize the beauty and complexities of every person’s voice in our shared humanity. We are committed to diversity and equality in our recruiting and employment practices, and we promote a culture of respect, communication, and understanding. We encourage applications from all demographic areas and protected classes, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or age. The Museum does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any internship applicant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.