About Decatur House Museum

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture," designed the Decatur House in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur. Located one block away from the White House, the Decatur House has seen many great residents since its original owner (Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren among them) and is a landmark of Washington's earliest days. Today, the Decatur House is a museum and educational site.

Internships at the Decatur House are largely up to the interns' designs and will be modeled according to each intern's talents, interests and educational requirements. Past interns have focused on a wide range of museum work, including education programs, curatorial work, archive research and managing the museum's shop. Interns become very much a part of the staff during their time at Decatur House. Summer internships are conducted in accordance with those at the National Trust, and Decatur House interns are able to go on field trips and attend lunch seminars with National Trust interns.


Open to current college students, recent graduates and grad students.

Decatur House Museum

  • Katherine Malone-France, Project Manager
  • Decatur House Museum
  • Decatur House
  • 1610 H Street NW
  • Washington, DC 20006
  • Phone: (202) 842-0920


  • Number of Interns: Less than 10
  • Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Washington, DC