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James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration

This program was established in honor of the late James. E. Webb, Regent Emeritus and former Administrator of the National Air and Space Administration (NASA). These learning opportunities are intended to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the management of not-for-profit scientific and cultural organizations. Interns are placed with mentors in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution.

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents
  • Minority junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students in Business and Public Administration

Session Information

Stipend: $550 per week, with possible travel allowance

All Sessions = 10 weeks


  • Summer (beginning after June 1)
    • Application Deadline: February 1


  • Fall (beginning after October 1)
    • Application Deadline: February 1


  • Spring (beginning after February 1)
    • Application Deadline: October 1


General Application Guidelines

Applications must be received via SOLAA.


Once you have created an account and logged into SOLAA you will need to complete all the required information including:

  • Mailing address
  • Academic history
  • Current university or college

Files you will need to upload:


  • Past and present academic history
  • Additional experinces that have prepared you for an internship
  • What you hope to accomplish through an internship
  • How the internship relates to your academic and career goals
  • What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship
  • Maximum of 4 pages double spaced
  • 12 point type


  • unofficial will be accepted

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • Including previous and current fellowships, grants, and/or awards, and a description of your research interests


  • Names and email addresses of two academic references
  • All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
  • Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web
  • Have the reference submit in sufficient time to meet the application deadline

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070 or send an email to siofi@si.edu.


Apply ThroughSOLAA

Contact Phone: (202) 633-7070

Contact Email: siofi@si.edu

Past Recipients 1998-2009


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