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The Claudine K Brown Internship

Dr. Claudine K. Brown


Dr. Claudine K. Brown served as Assistant Secretary for Education and Access at the Smithsonian from 2010 to 2016. Responsible for defining the institution’s overall education program, she worked with over 300 educators across Smithsonian to bring our stories, collections, lessons, artifacts, short films, games, and many more educational offerings to students, teachers and learners of all ages.

To continue Claudine’s legacy and vision, the Claudine K. Brown Fund for Education has been established to provide internship opportunities in education for youth at the Smithsonian. Gifts to this fund support interns who learn through engagement in innovative educational projects, program development, and the broad dissemination of high quality, educational resources to learners everywhere.

“The only children I worry about are the children that don’t dream.” – Claudine Brown

Learning Objectives

Through this opportunity, interns can expect to learn:

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How It Works

Over the course of ten weeks, interns will placed in a variety of situation and engaged in a range of activities directed by the Smithsonian Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access (ASEA) located in Washington, DC. During the internship, participants are expected to commit at least 24 hours/week to their internship.

This internship is offered in both the fall (September-December) and spring (January-May).

Eligiblity and Pre-requisites

Those who are currently enrolled or have completed an undergraduate program (including community colleges) are eligible to apply to this opportunity.

The only pre-requisite for this internship is a demonstrated interest in education.

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 under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access (ASEA). Follow the steps shown, and be sure to upload any necessary supporting documents.

As part of this application, you will be asked to submit your resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample describing why you believe that education is important.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (September – December): July 15
  • Spring Semester (January – May): November 15

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