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ACHP Smithsonian Preservation Internship

Theme for 2017 is Latino Heritage

The theme for the 2017 ACHP-SI internship is Afro-Latino Heritage. Those with an interest in learning more about the preservation of Afro-Latino sites and artifacts are especially encouraged to apply.


Through its 19 museums and research centers the Smithsonian Institution (SI) works to preserve over 154 million artifacts and specimens. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is a small, independent, federal agency that oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and conducts a variety of preservation programs dealing with sustainability, Native American interests, economic development, promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, national preservation policy, and legislation.

How it Works:

Interns will have the opportunity to have experiences at both SI and ACHP relating to preservation.  ACHP-SI interns will spend two days of the week at ACHP focusing on preservation of sites, and another two days at SI preserving art and specimens.

During their internship interns may learn:

  • Methods of conservation and preservation of paper, photographs, audio and video recordings, and electronic records
  • Digital preservation and curation
  • How to develop  social media strategies to better engage youth and more diverse audiences in our work and in historic preservation in general
  • How to support other emerging priorities through work with the Office of Federal Agency Programs; the Office of Native American Affairs; the Office of Communications, Education, and Outreach; and the Office of Preservation Initiatives

To help defray living expenses during the tenure of their internship, interns receive a $600/week stipend.


Current or recent undergraduate students with an interest in preservation are eligible to apply for this internship.


Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required.

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.

Application Deadline:

Fall Semester (September-December): July 15