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Native American Internship Awards

2009 Naomi Bishop Event at NMAIAppointments are offered to Native American students, who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to pursue internship projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian. Appointments are spent in residence at the Institution’s facilities under the supervision of Smithsonian research and professional staff members. Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible. Stipends are $550 per week for 10 weeks and a travel allowance.


For Summer (to begin after June 1): February 1

For Fall (to begin after October 1): February 1

For Spring (to begin after January 1): October 1

Apply Through: SOLAA 


General Information:

Once registered and logged in you will need to complete the requested information regarding mailing address, academic history, current university or college etc.


Files you will need to upload:


Prepare a two-to-four page essay addressing the following points: 1) Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship 2) What you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals 3) What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship.


Transcripts (unofficial are fine)

If you do not have a file to upload please send hard copy of transcripts to:

Office of Fellowships and Internships
Minority Awards Program
Smithsonian Institution
470 L’Enfant Plaza SW Suite 7102
MRC 902 PO Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012

CV or Resume



You will need the names and email addresses of two references.

Through the system (SOLAA) you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web.

If you have any questions please contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas at 202-633-7070 or send an email to siofi@si.edu


Past Native American Internship Recipients



Apply Through: SOLAA