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Background

The Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) provides central management of exciting opportunities for students, scholars, and scientists via fellowships, internships and other academic appointments at the Smithsonian Institution. As the office that advocates and coordinates guided learning experiences through internships at the Smithsonian, we recognize the benefits that mentor-based experiential learning provides throughout the institution and within our own office itself.

How it Works

Interns serving in the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships can expect direct interaction with staff on a constant basis and involvement with a wide range of projects, as the work of the office dictates. This work ranges from tedious and mechanical to the strategic and creative. As OFI staff dive into whatever work is at hand, OFI interns should be prepared to do the same. We believe the full range of our work is filled with hands-on learning opportunities for our interns.

Past OFI interns have gained skills and experience by assisting with projects such as:

  • Planning and executing institution-wide events for Smithsonian interns and fellows
  • Producing video series highlighting opportunities available to Smithsonian interns and fellows
  • Helping our office provide excellent service to both internal and external customers
  • Designing systems that streamline logistics related to experiential learning at the Smithsonian
  • Editing and creating material for the OFI website

We expect a great deal from our interns; students interning in OFI can expect a diverse, challenging, and enriching learning experience.

Interns may be full- or part-time.

Areas of Study: Communications, Program Management, Experiential Education

Eligibility

Anyone who is eligible for an internship at the Smithsonian can apply to intern at the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships. Eligibility for Smithsonian internships is generally defined as someone seeking a guided learning opportunity related to their academic or professional goals. Foreign students are eligible to apply. All Smithsonian interns must be 14 years of age or older.

How to Apply

To apply, create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Then start an application for this internship program, which is listed as the Office of Fellowships (OF). Follow the steps listed, and be sure to upload any necessary supporting documents. 

Need help? Contact Emily Murphy at 202-633-7062.

Program Website: http://www.si.edu/ofi

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester (September – December): August 1
  • Spring Semester (January – May): November 15
  • Summer Semester (May – August): March 15

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Smithsonian OFI Interns Paid?

Interns serving in OFI are not paid. Applicants may seek financial assistance on their own from outside sources.

Can I receive academic credit for completing an internship?

Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your high school, college, or university. However, we will assist you in providing appropriate information as requested by your school. Arrangements for accreditation should be made before you begin the internship.

Can I apply if I am a high school student?

Yes. We do accept a limited number for high school students (you must be at least age 14).

How competitive is the application process?

As we receive applications from many qualified applicants, the application process if fairly competitive. However, our office always has a lot to do, which means we have several intern positions to fill. While summer is the most competitive session, spring and fall sessions tend to be somewhat less competitive.

Can I serve as an OFI intern part time?

Yes. We can work with you to make sure your internship schedule supplements your busy school schedule – not stand in the way of it.

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