Smithsonian Internship Courses are a unique opportunity for students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime academic and professional learning experience at the Smithsonian. More than a traditional internship, these courses pair academic programming with unprecedented access to all the Smithsonian has to offer!
Smithsonian Internship Courses are offered throughout the academic year (September through May) with flexible start dates and durations (think Jan-terms and May-mesters!). Schools or organizations that bring 10 or more students at a time are eligible to set their own start dates and durations. Don’t have 10 students? No problem! Contact us for more information about joining one of our regularly scheduled courses.
Open Doors Experience
(less than 4 weeks)
The Smithsonian Open Doors Experience (SODE) course is designed as a two- to four-week experience where students will explore many of the museums and research centers in and around DC. Students will meet curators, conservators and administration professionals who will share their stories about working at the world’s largest museum.
In order to fully engage students as they explore the diversity of topics encompassed by the Smithsonian, a professor will join the students on their experience and hold daily seminars. These seminars will highlight selected readings and other material as the students examine topics such as the role of the Smithsonian in popular culture, historical context and national interest.
Professors of this course are affiliated with local DC universities. Or, schools are welcome to bring their own faculty member to lead this course.
The University of South Carolina Honors College piloted this course, read more about their experience here.
(4 weeks or more)
The Smithsonian Internship/Externship (IN/EX) course is modeled after a traditional internship but includes additional programming to expose interns to the broader Smithsonian experience. Students are paired with a mentor for the duration of their internship and will spend 4 days a week working with them on projects within the mentor’s unit. One day a week the students will engage with the rest of their cohort at weekly seminars or other Smithsonian experiences to gain a broader understanding of the Smithsonian and examine how the work they’re doing with their mentor contributes to the larger picture.
The Smithsonian offers competitive pricing for these courses, which can be customized based on the needs of the group. The costs will include housing, instruction, and all Smithsonian administration fees, and will be based on a class size of 10.
Please contact us for more information about these programs.