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Smithsonian Internships: Mentor-Based Learning Opportunities

Posted on December 26, 2012 by in The OFI Blog

So you want to do an internship at the Smithsonian?

Good for you! We’d love for you to apply!

Smithsonian Facilities Management Interns Kaela Mattson (right) and Cecil Cannady (center) learn about landscaping in the Haupt Garden from Smithsonian Gardens expert Sarah Tietbohl (left)

Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor, occurring during a specific time frame, which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals. With stated learning objectives and a mentor’s commitment, interns may be appointed for a term of up to six months. As an intern’s experiential education progresses, with revised learning objectives and a renewed commitment from a mentor, they may be reappointed.

OFI Internship Brochure

How you apply…

Smithsonian internships offer an incredible range of learning opportunities. Because each unit of the Smithsonian (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understands the learning opportunities it can offer best, each unit manages their own internship application process directly.

In terms of application dates, Interns at the Smithsonian arrive and depart on a rolling basis. Different units run programs on different calendar cycles – be sure to check the application dates for the programs that interest you.

Competition is fierce! But don’t be discouraged – we have a lot to offer and we host a lot of interns. To increase your chances, be sure to submit applications to all the units that interest you (especially some of the lesser known ones where there is plenty to learn, which your competitors might overlook)!

Check out intern opportunities at the Smithsonian here:

Internship Opportunities

Internship Deadlines:

January:

1/15 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

1/25 (yearly) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) – Summer Application Deadline

1/27/17 Youth Engagement in Science (YES!) – Summer Application Deadline

1/29/17 Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) Professional Development Project – Summer Application Deadline

1/31/17 Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute –Internship in Forest Trophic Interactions – Spring Application Deadline

February:

2/1 (yearly) James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Minority Internship Program – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Native American Internship Awards – Summer and Fall Internship

2/1/17 Recovering Voices Community Research Program Internship – Spring Deadline

2/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates Internships – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Garden (SG) Internship Opportunity – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/2 (yearly) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Astronomy Summer Internship – Application Deadline

2/2 (yearly) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Solar Physics Summer Internship – Application Deadline

2/5 (yearly) Office of Investments Internship (OI) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/6 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/11 Office of Finance and Accounting (OF&A) Associate Internship – Summer/Fall Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/15/17  Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Summer Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) Office of Exhibits Central (SIE) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/25/17 Museusm Conservation Institute (MCI) Analytical Studies Intern Program – Summer Application Deadline

2/25 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/25/17 Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Conservation of Art and Historic Works Internship – Summer Application Deadline

March:

3/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1/ (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Summer Internship: Public Engagement for Narwhals, Revealing an Arctic Legend Exhibit – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 (yearly) Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 (yearly) National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian DUSCIS Special Projects Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Robert Stimming Internship – Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Research Experience in the Tropics Internship – Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Female Choice Experiments with Tunagra Frogs Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) Internship Program – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Summer Semester – Summer Application Deadline (May – Aug)

3/15 (yearly) Access to Opportunities (AO) Internship – Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center (APA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Office of Advancement (OA) Graphic Design Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/21(yearly) Smithsonian Libraries Serials Realignment and Management at Museum Support Center (MSC) Library – Spring Application Deadline

April:

4/14 National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Smithsonian Institution Conservation Internship – Summer Application Deadline

May:

5/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Robert Stimming Internship – Application Deadline

5/15 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

June:

6/1 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Fall  Application Deadline

6/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center (APA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Garden (SG) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

July:

7/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1/ (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) Office of Advancement (OA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/12 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) The Smithsonian (DUSCIS) Special Projects Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Office of Advancement (OA) Graphic Design Internship – Fall Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Lawless Internship for Stories (High School Students) – Fall Application Deadline

August:

8/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Robert Stimming Internship – Application Deadline

September:

No current application deadlines.

October:

10/1 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) Minority Internship Program – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) Native American Internship Awards – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/11 (yearly) Office of Finance and Accounting (OF&A) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Research Experience in the Tropics Internship – Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

November:

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) Office of Advancement (OA) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Office International Relations (OIR) Internship –Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Asian Pacific American Center Internship Program – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Internship – Spring Application Deadline (Jan-May)

11/15 (yearly) Smithsonian DUSCIS Special Projects Internship – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Garden (SG) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Office of Advancement (OA) Graphic Design Internship – Spring Application Deadline

11/20 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

December:

12/1: The Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) Internship

12/22: National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Marine Mammal Literature Internship Application Deadline

Rolling Basis:

Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) Internship

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Internship – Winter and Fall

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Internship

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) Internship

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship

National Museum of African Art (NMAFA) Internship

National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Internship – (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

National Postal Museum (NPM) Internship

Smithsonian Affiliations (SA) Internship

Smithsonian Enterprises (SE) Internship

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (CHNDM) Studio in a School – ARTS Intern Program

Office of Advancement (OA) Internship

Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR) Internship

Office of International Relations (OIR) Internship

Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A) Internship

Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Internships

Office of Public Affairs (OPA) Internships