National Museum Internship Programme


National Museum Internship programme was announced by Sh. N K Sinha Secretary, Ministry of Culture, at the 55th Foundation Day celebrations of National Museum on 18th December 2015.

Internship Programme Introduction

One of the aims of National Museum is to offer large number of programmes for different audiences through its educational and outreach initiatives. Programmes offered under this enable National Museum to involve its audiences in a creative and effective manner with the museum and its collection. To engage with young and enthusiastic audiences, National Museum offers research oriented Internship with various departments at the museum, creating a platform for interns to have dialogue with experts from art and culture sector.

The internship programme is offered to students of Graduate and Under Graduate levels who are enrolled as a student in any institution and who wish to do research on the collection, learn about museum practices and acquire professional skills. These are unpaid internships and require a minimum commitment of 6 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks.

Summer and Winter Internship

Intern Placement

National Museum, with more than 10 departments, houses objects representing Pre-historic to Modern times. These departments can host students from various academic backgrounds. The students from history, art history, science, architecture, design, engineering, photography, library sciences and languages are encouraged to apply after going through the projects and themes offered by different departments in detail.


About the Department

Themes/ Projects



The anthropological collection at National Museum consists of about 8,000 objects such as puppets, garments, masks, weapons, utilitarian objects, paintings, adornments, musical instruments, spread across three galleries: North-East Lifestyle; Tradition, Art and Continuity and Musical Instruments Gallery.

  • Research
  • Gallery development
  • Coordination

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology


This department has a large collection of sculptures spread across 8 galleries on the ground floor of the museum. Most of the galleries are chronologically planned except the bronze gallery and Buddhist gallery.

  • Research
  • Gallery development
  • Coordination

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology

Arms and Armours

This gallery has on display a fine collection of Indian weapons ranging from the Pre-historic period up to the 19th century C.E. These include, edged weapons, projectiles, smashing weapons, armour for men and animals, ornamental and ritual weapons and fire-arms and war accessories.

  • Research
  • Gallery development
  • Coordination
  • Digitisation
  • Re-organisation of collection/Gallery Display

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology

Central Asian Antiquities

The collection of Central Asian Antiquities with more than twelve thousand objects from Xinjiang region of Chinese Turkestan was discovered by Sir Aurel Stein during his three expeditions in 1900-1901, 1906-1908 and 1913-1916. This is one of the most prestigious and rare collections of Central Asian antiquities at the National Museum.

  • Research
  • Gallery development
  • Coordination

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology


The conservation department of the National Museum has made immense efforts to become one of the most superior laboratories in the conservation and restoration of art objects. Initially, its main task was to look after the large collection of the National Museum, but now it also serves other institutions such as the Raj Bhawans and other public agencies in identification examination. It also performs restoration on oil paintings and art works. Besides keeping the vast and varied collection in a good state of preservation as per international standards the laboratory engages in research and capacity building programmes also.

  • Object oriented
  • Technique oriented

Under Graduate and graduate students of conservation, sciences

Decorative Arts

The rich decorative arts collection of National Museum covers utilitarian, ritualistic and secular objects, which have been displayed in four galleries: one gallery each for Wood Carvings and Textiles (second floor), and two galleries devoted to decorative arts (ground floor). Artefacts of the decorative arts group are crafted for daily, ceremonial and religious uses from a variety of materials like ivory, jade, ceramic, textile, wood, metal, glass, paper, leather and bone.

  • Research

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history & archaeology


All the technical works, such as preparation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, maintenance of galleries, offices and public facilities are maintained by the Department of Presentation and Display. This department is composed of Carpentry unit, Tailoring unit, Painter unit, Artist and Draftsman. Maintenance and monitoring activities of facilities are attended in consultation and association with the various units of CPWD.

  • Research on Display Techniques

Under Graduate and graduate students of architecture, & civil/electrical engineering, (B.F.A & B. Des)


To generate interests towards History and Arts among the young audience, the National Museum has undertaken to offer various educational programmes.  These programmes provide a chance to our young viewers to learn about the museum, while making the process entertaining and fun.
We conduct activities around temporary exhibitions, and also have permanent regular activities. The regular activities are organised twice a year and called “Playtime at the National Museum”. All the educational Programmes are facilitated by experienced personals from the sector of Museums and Culture.

  • Coordination
  • Programme development
  • Research
  • Communication handling

Under Graduate and graduate students of history, art history, languages, museology.


The Exhibition Cell of the National Museum, New Delhi organises exhibitions of National and International level in the museum. The exhibitions display museum’s collection as well as collections loaned from other institutions. The department coordinates with various institutions involved in each collaboration.

  • Organisation/Coordination
  • Label writing

Under Graduate and graduate students of history, art history, design & museology


The National Museum Library collects books and journals related to the fields of history, art and culture of the World for specialized research and reference. It covers a variety of themes such as anthropology, archaeology, conservation, decorative arts, history, literature, museum studies, painting, philosophy and religion. It contains over sixty thousand volumes of books, bound journals as well as several Indian and international journals and magazines.

  • Retrospective Cataloguing

Under Graduate and graduate students library sciences,


National Museum has acquired nearly 14,000 manuscripts in various languages and scripts, covering a large number of subjects and representing various schools and provinces. It comprises fragmentary or full manuscripts, of which about 1000 are illustrated.

  • Reorganisation of Categorised Accession Register
  • Documentation

Under Graduate and graduate students of Arabic, Persian or Sanskrit


The Modelling section was established in 1960 for the production and sale of replicas of artefacts made in 'Plaster of Paris' (POP). Several objects have been carefully selected from the collection of artefacts representing the vast history of five thousand years of Indian art, and replicas are made manually with great skill. Due to their high artistic quality, these replicas always remain in great demand with the visitors to the museum.

  • Replica making
  • Moulding/ Casting

Under Graduate and graduate students of fine arts, sculpture.


The coin collection of National Museum is remarkable for its variety, rarity and antiquity. It comprises of more than 1 lakh coins, the collection grew through gifts and purchases. The Parrukh, Jhalan, Nagu, Vyas and Deshikachari collections have contributed to making this one of the richest collections of India.

  • Research


Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology


The outreach department aims to enrich every interface between the National Museum and the Public with an objective to provide a qualitative experience for them and increase the number of visitors to the National Museum.
The strategy of the NM-outreach department will be to work at the following interfaces in collaboration with their department heads and in-charges to achieve the same. The department deals with Visitor Services, Publications, Public Programmes, Exhibitions, Training and capacity Building, Visitor Studies, Media Management etc.

  • Coordination
  • Writing
  • Designing
  • Visitor Studies
  • NM Shop management

Under Graduate and graduate students of any discipline with a good flair of writing and/or design.


National Museum has nearly 17,000 paintings, representing all important styles of Indian miniatures. It is one of the largest collections of miniature paintings in the country. The Miniature painting tradition has been a key form of Indian painting apart from murals, cloth paintings and paintings on wood. Among miniature paintings, the main schools have been- the Deccani (from the South), Mughal (Spanning Central and North India), Rajasthani (West India) and Pahari (From the hills of the North).

  • Research


Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology


The well-equipped photography department undertakes the photo-documentation work of the artefacts of the museum's artefacts. Prints of art objects are also being supplied to the scholars, researchers and students.

  • Photo-archives reorganising/ Digitisation


Students of photography

Pre- Columbian Western Arts

The collection of Pre Columbian art donated by Mr & Mrs Heeramaneek represents the principal cultures of the Pre- Columbian world. There are pieces of art from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and other regions of South America. This is a rare and unique collection and perhaps the only one of its kind in India. It includes gold and silver utensils and ornaments, decorated earthen pots, terracotta figurines, stone implements, stone sculptures, various grave-goods and objects used in games and architectural elements.

  • Research
  • Gallery re-development
  • Cataloguing

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology


This collection grew out of the discoveries of the pioneering excavations made during early 20th century, and later after the Indian independence in 1947. The Harappan civilization is believed to be one of the oldest world civilizations together with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Objects in this gallery remain the richest and most important of their kind in the world.

  • Research
  • Documentation
  • Cataloguing

Under Graduate and graduate students of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology

Guidelines for Application

Process of selection

Applications will be shortlisted based on qualifications and SOP. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of experts. The medium of interview may be:

How to Apply

Interested people should be prepared to work in a team environment. They will gain broad experience in various aspects of museum environment.

Please download and fill in the form attached here (Download Application form) and email it to us at with the following attachments:

Date of Joining for Internship : 15th December ( for Winter Internship ) & 15th May ( Summer Internship)

Orientation Programme : 15th December ( for Winter internship) & 15th May ( Summer Internship)

For Further details please contact:

Rige Shiba,
Assistant Curator, Education

Ph.: 011 - 23019272 (237)