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Smithsonian Internships: Mentor-Based Learning Opportunities

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 by in The OFI Blog

So you want to do an internship at the Smithsonian?

Good for you! We’d love for you to apply!

Smithsonian Facilities Management Interns Kaela Mattson (right) and Cecil Cannady (center) learn about landscaping in the Haupt Garden from Smithsonian Gardens expert Sarah Tietbohl (left)

Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor, occurring during a specific time frame, which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals. With stated learning objectives and a mentor’s commitment, interns may be appointed for a term of up to six months. As an intern’s experiential education progresses, with revised learning objectives and a renewed commitment from a mentor, they may be reappointed.

OFI Internship Brochure

How you apply…

Smithsonian internships offer an incredible range of learning opportunities. Because each unit of the Smithsonian (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understands the learning opportunities it can offer best, each unit manages their own internship application process directly.

In terms of application dates, Interns at the Smithsonian arrive and depart on a rolling basis. Different units run programs on different calendar cycles – be sure to check the application dates for the programs that interest you.

Competition is fierce! But don’t be discouraged – we have a lot to offer and we host a lot of interns. To increase your chances, be sure to submit applications to all the units that interest you (especially some of the lesser known ones where there is plenty to learn, which your competitors might overlook)!

Check out intern opportunities at the Smithsonian here:

Internship Opportunities

You can also view all of the Smithsonian’s internships with their deadlines by clicking here.

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