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Katzenberger Art History Internship Program

The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program is a need-based program supporting internships for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by the Office of Fellowships and Internships.

6 internships are offered each summer and  are all located in Washington, DC, at the Smithsonian’s art museums and archives.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Open only to U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents.
  • Must be enrolled as undergraduate juniors, seniors, or equivalent, in a degree granting program at an accredited institution.
  • Must be declared as an art history major, concentration, or related discipline.
  • Must qualify for federal student aid.
  • A final summary report is required upon completion of the internship.

Term: 10 weeks (June 2, 2014 – August 8, 2014)

Application Deadline: February 1st  The deadline has been extended to February 15

Apply ThroughSOLAA 


2014 Program

Application is now open.

For 2014 projects, please go here.


Application Instructions

Use the SOLAA System to Apply Online: https://solaa.si.edu

  • Register for SOLAA
  • Select “internship”
  • Select “Office of Fellowships”
  • Select “Smithsonian Katzenberger Art History Internship Program”
  • Apply for 2014

ALL documents must be received no later than 02/01/2014.

Your application will be considered only for the project selected as your first choice. If you would like to be considered for more than one, please create a separate application for each project in which you are interested.

Required Materials

  • Resume
  • Academic Essay: 2 pages describing how your academic goals, qualifications, and career aspirations relate to art history, museums, cultural organizations, or archives – and the internship project at the Smithsonian. Academic
  • Transcripts: Can be official or unofficial; URL links not accepted; you can scan as a PDF and upload.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation:You will need the names and email addresses of two academic references. Through the system (SOLAA) you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web. All letters are kept confidential. Applicants are not allowed access to the letters.Note: You can SAVE your application in SOLAA, and edit as often as you like up until the deadline of 11:59pm EST February 1, 2014. Once you are satisfied that your application is complete, be sure to CLICK SUBMIT.



Additional Information



  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Non-US citizens are not eligible for this program.
  • Declared art history major, concentration or related museum discipline (history, archives, education).
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate Junior, Senior, or equivalent in a degree granting program, at an accredited institution. (*Just-graduated seniors are eligible to apply, provided their undergraduate graduation date was not before 2/3/2014).
  • Qualify for financial need. The aim of this program is to provide an opportunity for high achieving students with financial challenges to participate in a significant internship experience. Applicants must be eligible to receive federal student aid (i.e. Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, etc…).


Selection criteria

  • At least a 3.4 GPA in your major, as verified by the submission of academic transcripts.
  • Substantial course work in Art History or related museum disciplines.
  • Demonstrated interest or experiences in museums, galleries, libraries, or archives.
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of computer programs.



A $5,500 stipend is awarded to the student. Stipend payments are distributed two times a month through a direct deposit.


Dates and Location

The internship dates are June 2, 2014 to August 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. Some projects may require weekend duty. Interns must be available for the entire time on-site, 40 hours per week.


Final Report & Evaluation

Interns are required to submit a 3-4 page report summarizing their internship activities upon completion of the internship, and complete an evaluation questionnaire.


Housing & Transportation

Interns are responsible for securing their own housing. A listing of area housing can be furnished to awarded recipients upon request. A list of awardees and contact information will be distributed to each participant, and interns may choose to arrange for housing together. Please note that many university campuses rent out their dorm housing during the summer to interns. No parking for interns is available at the Smithsonian. Public transportation—rail and bus—is located very close to the internship sites. 


Internship Experience

Throughout your Smithsonian internship, you will collaborate with experts in their fields on one-of-a-kind projects. You will also have access to our world-class libraries and research facilities. Interns receive special discounts, invitations to exclusive events, and behind-the-scenes tours of Washington’s top destinations.



FINANCIAL AID CERTIFICATION: Prior to acceptance, you will be required to submit a form, filled out by your school verifying that you are eligible to receive student aid. 

All accepted Smithsonian interns must sign and complete an Internship Registration Form and Copyright Agreement. Completion of Release and Background Survey Questionnaire is optional, but encouraged. Interns are subject to social media guidelines. Interns must read and sign a document pertaining to the prevention of workplace harassment. Interns must complete an on-line Computer Security Training and sign a User-Agreement Form when they begin in order to have access to Smithsonian e-mail and computers. Interns must complete a pre-appointment Security Background Investigation. Interns cannot be accepted into the program until they complete and successfully pass this investigation. The investigation includes fingerprinting and a criminal background investigation conducted by the Office of Personnel Security at the Smithsonian, and OPM.

Interns must furnish their social security number and date of birth to the Office of Personnel Security in order to obtain a security credential, and for the background investigation.

This is a national competition; We do not interview candidates in-person. Semi-finalists will be contacted via e-mail or telephone for an interview.




Please send questions about this program to Erin Hoelting, Program Assistant, Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at: siofi@si.edu.


Contact Phone: (202) 633-7070

Contact Email: siofi@si.edu 

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