The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
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104 E. 126th Street • Suite 4D • New York, NY 10035
Louis Armstrong
Visitors Center
Video Archive
Savory Collection
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has over the course of several years evolved into a major cultural presence in New York City. We hope you will join us for our free weekly programs in Harlem, which include our course JAZZ FOR CURIOUS LISTENERS, our interview series HARLEM SPEAKS, and/or to visit our Visitors Center. See you soon!

Dear Prospective Intern:

Thank you for your interest in The National Jazz Museum in Harlem ("NJMH"), where we are dedicated to being the foremost home for jazz in the world. Our vibrant collections, programs and performances stimulate creativity and excitement about the past, present and future of jazz and its artists. NJMH internships offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain in-depth work experience with a not-for-profit organization that is a quickly expanding force for jazz in New York City and the world. As an Intern, you will be assigned short- and long-term projects based on your strengths. Unlike what one might expect from an internship at a large corporation, your contribution as an Intern will be essential to the advancement of the Museum's mission of preserving, promoting, and presenting jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally.

Internships at the Museum are not paid positions. We currently offer three different internship semester opportunities: Spring Semester, Summer Semester, and Fall Semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Museum interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week and are highly encouraged to be involved with the Museum's evening programs. Interns are selected based on academic achievement, interests, experience, and interviews. The best applicants will have exceptional interpersonal skills both on the telephone and in-person. The application materials we need from you are:

  1. Internship Application Form
    a. Application Form and University Credit Contact Info Form
    b. Forms from your university to receive credit (for us to fill out)
    c. Relevant Essays/Projects/Papers you have written
  2. Your Resumé
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation by Email to
    Be sure to follow up and confirm with us that we have received the letters.
  4. A copy of your transcript (this does not have to be an official registrar copy)

Once we receive your materials, we will notify you only if you are selected to come to the museum for an interview. We understand that applicants may live outside of the New York area so if requested, we can grant a telephone or Skype interview.

We are in a critical moment of the museum's history. Aside from the exhibits, The Savory Collection, and the countless programs we produce, the museum was recently selected to be included in the proposed Mart 125 development project across from the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem. In anticipation of the transition to the new space and an otherwise largely expanded museum, we need interns who are skilled, determined, and able to help in any way we might need.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at or by phone at 212-348-8300, extension 100. We look forward to receiving your materials.




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