This is a list of all the current internship opportunities at the Smithsonian, sorted by unit. Use this list to get a better sense about where you might like to pursue an internship at the Smithsonian, click the links to dig deeper. You can also view all of the Smithsonian’s internships with their deadlines by clicking here.
These are centrally funded opportunities that place interns throughout the Smithsonian…click the links to find out how each program works.
General Smithsonian Internship Pool
The Smithsonian offers internship programs in a wide variety of fields encompassing business and public administration, history, art, science, culture, and education. If you are interested in applying for an internship at a specific museum or office at the Smithsonian, we encourage you to review our website for specific programs offered by our various units in your field of interest. It is necessary to apply for the specific programs separately. However, given the competitive nature of our programs, if you have a broad interest in the Smithsonian, and want to increase your chances of landing an internship, we encourage you to also apply to the General Smithsonian Internship Pool. Smithsonian units who have unfilled mentor-guided learning opportunities may recruit from applicants that select the general pool option. Applications to this program will not be considered for a specific internship program offered at a museum or unit, but may be considered for opportunities that become vacant at various units across the Institution generally. If you are selected for this internship, a Smithsonian unit will reach out to you to gauge your interest and learning objectives against the opportunity they offer. To apply, you can use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) webpage.
Find out more here.
Anne R. and G. Wayne Clough Internship
The Anne R. and G. Wayne Clough Internship is funded by an endowment given to the Smithsonian Institution by Anne R. Clough and Former Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough. Awardees of the Clough Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the pursuit of a discipline being practiced at the Smithsonian and available funds.
Learn more about this opportunity here.
James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration
This program was established in honor of the late James. E. Webb, Regent Emeritus and former Administrator of the National Air and Space Administration (NASA). These learning opportunities are intended to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the management of not-for-profit scientific and cultural organizations. Interns are placed with mentors in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information look here
Katzenberger Art History Internship Program
The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program is a need-based program supporting internships for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by the Office of Fellowships and Internships. 6 internships are offered each summer and are all located in Washington, DC, at the Smithsonian’s art museums and archives.
Learn more about this amazing opportunity here.
Benjamin Lawless Internship For Stories
Honoring the legacy of internationally recognized exhibition planner, designer, filmmaker, and writer Benjamin Lawless, the Lawless Internship for Stories provides high school interns with the opportunity to learn about audience engagement, exhibition design, and research stories associated with objects of all kinds and the people who used and created them.
Learn more about this great opportunity here.
Minority Awards Program
The Smithsonian Minority Awards Program administered through the Office of Fellowships and Internships provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience the Smithsonian as a universal lens for learning. Under the guidance of Smithsonian staff who are experts in their fields, Smithsonian Interns are inspired to learn, examine and collaborate in their specific academic fields that relate to current research at the Smithsonian.
For more information look here
Native American Internship Awards
Appointments are offered to students, who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to pursue internship projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian. Appointments are spent in residence at the Institution’s facilities under the supervision of Smithsonian research and professional staff members.
Learn more here.
Smithsonian Unit Internship Opportunities
These are internship opportunities available at each of the Smithsonian’s various museums, research centers, and other units. Click the link for more information about each opportunity, and how to apply.
Archives of American Art (AAA)
The Archives of American Art offers paid and unpaid internships year-round to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who wish to learn and gain professional experience in various fields including archival science, information management, museum studies, art administration, art history, and cultural studies. Interns are expected to commit to ten weeks at a full-time schedule.
Learn more here
Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)
The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of “community.” To this end, the museum works with community organizations, neighborhood groups, civic organizations and other groups around the country to identify, document and preserve materials of historical importance and to develop community self-studies; with churches, mosques, and other religious institutions to preserve and document their histories. Other major initiatives include the Museum Academy, which develops models for educational programs and curricula using the collections of the Anacostia Community Museum and the wider Smithsonian Institution; and the museum’s RFP exhibition program, which works with community groups, artists, and other non-traditional curators to develop exhibitions for the museum’s galleries. You can learn more here!
Accessibility Program (AP)
The purpose of this program is to provide paid internship opportunities annually at the Smithsonian for people with disabilities. Applicants who are in college or graduate school, or who have graduated within the last 6 months are invited to apply. Interns will be based in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and must have United States citizenship. You can learn more here.
Since September of 2013, the Smithsonian Institute has teamed up with Project SEARCH in partnership with SEEC and Ivymount School, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about Project Search, click here.
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)
Internships are offered year-round in the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, and ethnomusicology. Internships are open to all interested persons looking to further their academic and/or career goals in these or related areas. Intern projects often center on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, archives and collections, educational outreach projects, Web production and Web content creation, video projects, and planning and production of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The internship experience is an opportunity to learn – through hands-on training and one-on-one engagement with knowledgeable staff and professionals in the field – about planning, organizing, and producing large public programs and events; marketing and production aspects of a record label; collections management; research and documentation; and working with information to create multi-media educational products that allow for greater visibility by large audiences. You can learn more here!
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is currently looking for a graphic design intern to assist in the design and layout of CD covers and liner notes booklets for a collection of world music albums. The intern would be able to work closely with the production manager and gain hands-on experience with graphic layout and CD packaging design. Additionally, the intern would have the opportunity to play a meaningful part in the production of forthcoming releases and learn about musical traditions of the world. This opportunity is especially beneficial to graphic design students who have an interest in anthropology-, ethnomusicology-, or cultural studies-related projects. Applicants should be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and have experience in graphic design, typography, and photoshop. A portfolio highlighting past projects is required. More information about this internship is located here.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHNDM)
The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers college students the opportunity to gain professional skills and learn about museum practices at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop an enriched understanding of how the museum fulfills its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design. During the summer, interns collaborate with staff on specific projects and gain experience in the daily operation of their selected department(s). Krueger interns come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and there are many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to pursue an interest in design with their major study of education, computer science, digital media, art history, studio art, or the sciences. In addition to their professional activities, interns attend meetings, lectures, and public programs at Cooper Hewitt and travel outside the museum to meet and connect with individuals and organizations that are integral to design and the arts of New York City.
Internship commitment: 10 weeks, full-time
For more information, click here.
DUSCIS Special Projects Internship
The Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support (DUSCIS) is responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions. It oversees the National Collections Program, the Office of Fellowships and Internships, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. It also serves as a contact point for the Smithsonian’s interactions with various cultural and scientific organizations in the U.S. and around the world. The purpose of this internship is to provide a learning experience related to collections management and interdisciplinary functions. This opportunity provides interns firsthand experience with a wide variety of projects and programs in a senior executive office at the Smithsonian.
Eligibility: This opportunity is aimed at college undergraduate students, though others are eligible to apply.
Terms: Fall: September 1 – December 15, Spring: January 15 – May 15, Summer: May 15 – July 15
Find out more here.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)
Internships at the Freer-Sackler Gallery provide an educational experience guided by a mentor. Internships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for special projects and general departmental work in the following departments: Administration/Finance/Human Resources; Archives; Conservation and Scientific Research; Collections Management (Registrar); Curatorial; Education and Public Programs; Exhibition Management; Information Technology; Publications; Design and Production; Library; Membership and Development; Photography; Public Affairs and Marketing; Rights and Reproductions; and Museum Shops. Find more information here
The Richard Louie Memorial Internship for High School Students honors Richard Louie, former Associate Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The goal of the internship is to introduce high school students to Asian art museums as places that offer unexpected rewards and challenges and chances for self-discovery. More information about this great opportunity is located here
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)
Each year a number of undergraduate and graduate internships are available at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Internships are offered during the summer, spring, and fall/winter semesters, and academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s school. International students are encouraged to apply. While internships are unpaid appointments, they provide an excellent foundation for future museum work or art-related careers, driven by mentor-based educational experiences. Departments that offer internships include: Curatorial Division, Education Department, Exhibition and Design Department, Conservation Department, Communications and Marketing, Development. You can learn more here!
Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
MCI Graduate Student Internship
This internship program is a mentor-guided learning experience that is offered for advanced students enrolled in graduate conservation training programs that require a year of conservation experience.
Eligibility: Graduate Students
Contact Phone: (301) 238-1236
Term: 1 academic year
Deadline: February 25, 2016
Apply Through: SOLAA
The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term learning opportunities to work on research and conservation projects with staff members as mentors. These internships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students in appropriate disciplines. More information can be found here.
Eligibility: Undergraduate Student; Graduate Student
Contact Phone: (301) 238-1236
Term: Generally 10 weeks, June to mid-August, but other arrangements may be possible
Deadline: February 25, 2015 for summer 2015
Apply Through: SOLAAOpportunity Website
Analytical Studies Group Intern Program at MCI
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) Sites Program is offering short-term learning opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group. These internships are offered to undergraduate students or those scheduled to matriculate in the fall. Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is preferred for the program featuring archaeological and museum conservation science. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Eligibility: Undergraduate Students
Contact Phone: (301) 238-1236
Term: 10 weeks, generally June to mid-August
Deadline: February 25, 2016 for Summer 2016
Apply Through: SOLAA
2017 MCI Short Term Conservation Internship
MCI seeks a graduate level student with a knowledge of textile science and color technology to assist in a project on LED lighting. Red and violet colorants on textiles are susceptible to color shifts due to the spectral power distributions (SPDs) of LED lamps. This case study will assess the effect of red dyes available in the 1930’s using visible spectroscopy and various computer programs. Working under the direction of the senior textiles conservator, the intern will coordinate his/her findings with the SPDs of potential solid state lighting (SSL) available to museum lighting designers in order to optimize the coloration of museum objects while minimizing overall illuminance values (lux or footcandles). This interdisciplinary internship is a coordinated project between the Museum Conservation Institute and the National Museum of American History, Preservation Services department. The prospective fellow should first contact Mary Ballard, MCI Senior Textiles Conservator to discuss this project.
Contact Name: Mary Ballard
Contact Email: BallardM@si.edu
Term: 6 Months
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Apply Through: SOLAA
National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
The National Air and Space Museum offers an exciting work experience to college and university students through its Summer Internship Program. Interns have a firsthand, mentor-guided opportunity to learn about the historic artifacts and archival materials housed in the Museum and to study the scientific and technological advances they represent. Each year positions are available in a variety of Museum areas such as Aircraft Restoration, Aviation or Space History, Planetary Science, Collections Management, Web & New Media, Exhibit & Graphic Design, Public Relations, Budget & Finance, Architecture & Engineering, and Education. Students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Areas of Study: interactive media, museology, history, aviation, space science, budget and finance, architecture and engineering, graphic design, photography, journalism, education, aircraft restoration and preservation, earth and planetary studies, archives, development, exhibits, public affairs, science and library disciplines.
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations. Internship projects are based upon the need and availability of professional staff.
Program Website: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships Apply Through: SOLAA
National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)
NMAfA Internships are mentor-based experiential learning opportunities offered to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs and to individuals interested in exploring museum professions. Internship opportunities are available in the following departments: administration, conservation, curatorial, development, education, exhibits, photographic archives, public affairs, and registration. Candidates must have a background in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. Specific training in African art or other aspects of African culture is desirable, particularly in the Education and Curatorial Departments. Under the supervision of a staff member, an intern works for a minimum of 10 weeks, 20 hours per week.
Contact : Sarah Holmes
Contact Phone: (202) 633-1063
Contact Email: HolmesS@si.edu
Opportunity Website: http://africa.si.edu/about/opportunities/
Spring Application Deadline: 1-2 months before start date Summer Application Deadline: March 1
Apply Through: SOLAA
Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Summer Internship in Art Conservation Program
NMAfA is also accepting applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Summer Internship in Art Conservation Program. Individuals can apply to this program through SOLAA, for more information about this program, its deadlines, and its prerequisites, click here.
National Museum of American History (NMAH)
The National Museum of American History internship program allows a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment where they can work with and learn from professionals and scholars in related areas of concentration. The Museum offers interns of different backgrounds incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, from public relations to exhibition research to project design. Learning from knowledgeable mentors in the dynamic atmosphere of the Museum and Washington, D.C. area, interns enjoy an intensive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself. Designed around specific Museum projects, internships are available in the following areas: archival science; curatorial research and collections; design and graphics; jazz history and public programming; public relations and communications; museum management; music history and programming; education and public programs production; textile and paper conservation. Contact Phone: (202) 633-3556 Contact Email: email@example.com Program Website: http://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship Fall Application Deadline: July 1 Spring Application Deadline: October 15 Summer Application Deadline: March 1 Apply Through: SOLAA
National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
The Internship Program provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Interns complete projects using the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field. Interns are selected by a review committee made up of five NMAI staff. Applicants should indicate three departments of interest: for example, Public Affairs, Publications, or Collections Management. Approximately twenty-five percent of applicants are accepted for internships during any one-year period. Internships range from six to ten weeks with the exception of the Six-Month Pre-Program Conservation Internship. For more information on Conservation internships, visit Conservation Training. For information about all other internships, email NMAIinterns@si.edu or call 202-633-6645. For other opportunities click here
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is one of the world’s leading research institutions, home to a community of more than 500 staff and affiliates. Whether working directly with the public, contributing to the administration and operation of the facilities, or actively engaged in our scientific pursuits, our interns gain valuable job skills, unique insight into our operations, and enliven our community.
Internships at NMNH offer undergraduate, graduate and experienced high school students a chance to learn through mentor-guided experiences in many academic and professional fields. An internship at Natural History is a prearranged, structured learning experience under the direct supervision of an NMNH staff member who acts as a mentor.
In addition to learning from their mentor, interns may also explore the sights of Washington, DC and join focused activities arranged just for students participating in Smithsonian academic appointments. During the summer, we also host a special schedule of intern-focused behind-the-scenes tours, workshops, demonstrations, discussions and social events.
We bring new interns onto our diverse community year-round, with tenure ranging from one week to six months. Under the NMNH umbrella are several facility locations in which internship projects can be located, including:
- Natural History Building in Washington, DC
- Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland
- Arctic Studies Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida
Interns cultivate experience and develop a variety of skills, including: developing technical skills or learning methods or approaches to problem-solving in scientific research initiatives; learning data management and collection skills, ranging from photography and artistic rendering to computational data manipulation; writing and editorial work; developing communicative or interpersonal skills; public outreach; and managerial or administrative work.
Click here to view a list of internship opportunities currently offered by the NMNH community, as well as contact information for each.
National Portrait Gallery (NPG)
Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left and are leaving their mark on our country and our culture. Through the visual and performing arts, we celebrate American leaders, artists, activists, and icons of pop culture. They all link us to our past, our present, and our future. The National Portrait Gallery, as part of the Smithsonian Institution, offers formal internships to qualified applicants. A Smithsonian internship is a prearranged, structured learning experience that should be relevant both to the intern’s academic and professional goals and to the professional disciplines represented at the Smithsonian. Various departments at the National Portrait Gallery sponsor interns throughout the year. The availability of internships is dependent upon departmental projects and staff needs, as well as the background, skills, and interest of the applicant; a full listing of opportunities may be found on our website. Projects are based on needs of the department and are agreed upon by the mutual consent of the intern candidate and his or her supervisor. Please see our website to explore the National Portrait Gallery’s departments and how to apply.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-8508
Contact Email: NPGInterns@si.edu Opportunity Website: http://npg.si.edu/education/internships.html
Deadline: Considered year-round
Apply Through: SOLAA
National Postal Museum (NPM)
National Postal Museum Internship The National Postal Museum showcases one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic materials in the world. The museum houses six major galleries that highlight a range of topics, from the earliest history of the mail and its rapid growth as a modern enterprise, to the art of letter writing and the beauty and lore of stamps.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-8903
Contact Email: SigleM@si.edu
Opportunity Website: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/involved/7c_internships.html
Term: Determined for each position
Deadline: Accepted year-round
Apply Through: SOLAA
National Zoological Park (NZP)
The National Zoo offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals.
Internships positions are available from a variety of groups at the Zoo including: veterinary medicine, FONZ, research, and animal programs—each may have a slightly different application process. Applications may be accepted on an ongoing basis or have a deadline. For more information, Click Here!
Office of Advancement (OA)
Are you a student who is considering a career in fundraising? The Smithsonian Office of Advancement offers internship opportunities that can provide you with an outstanding, real-world foundation for your future career. As an intern, you will work within a specific department, and have the chance to interact with professionals across the Institution. Undergraduate and graduate internships are offered throughout the year. Academic credit may be arranged through your school. Internship opportunities are filled as-needed in the following areas: Membership Campaign Volunteer Management Communications Donor Stewardship & Programming Corporate/Foundation Relations Prospect Management Prospect Development Planned Giving Regional Major Gifts
The Office of Advancement is looking for a Graphic Design intern. To learn more about this internship, click here.
Please visit our website at http://www.si.edu/giving/careers/internships to learn more about our opportunities and how to apply.
Contact : Lindsey Ortbal
Contact Email: OrtbalL@si.edu
Program Website: http://www.si.edu/giving/careers/internships
Term: Internships are available in the Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall
Apply Through: SOLAA
Office of Communications and External Affairs (OCEA)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) provides the Smithsonian’s central computing and telecommunications services; provides leadership in information technology throughout the Institution in support of systems planning and development, communications, and computer-related training; and provides policy and guidance to ensure the integrity and security of Institutional automated data. Internship Programs & Requirements Internships with this office provide practical experience leading to the eventual achievement of personal goals of the interns. Specific interest in computer help desk, electronic mail, programming disciplines, network design and operations. Applicants should have a definite interest in and some knowledge of computers. Information Technology Services Division Interns participate and assist staff with products and services to include technical training, computer help desk, electronic mail and technical support for the Institution’s World Wide Web Site, www.si.edu. This division also operates facilities for hands-on training, document and image scanning, and multi-media product development. Infrastructure Technologies Division Interns in the division have the opportunity to provide foundation computing capabilities, technical support to several mainframe computer systems, network servers operated by OCIO on behalf of offices within the Institution. System Engineering Division Interns will provide central support for the applications systems at the Institution which include acquiring and or developing, deploying and maintaining application systems, providing leadership and guidance in data administration both Institution-wide and in the International Museum Community. Applicants are reviewed by the OCIO Intern Coordinator and division managers. Selected intern(s) are notified by the coordinator.
There are no deadlines; the office accepts applications throughout the year.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-8486
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: There are no deadlines; the office accepts applications throughout the year
Apply Through: SOLAA
Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA)
The Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA) directs, oversees, facilitates, and reports on all aspects of equal opportunity in the Smithsonian Institution’s employment and business relationships while ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines and Institutional policies. Interns serving in OEEMA 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.
Past OEEMA interns have gained skills and experience by assisting with projects such as: Editing and creating material for OEEMA’s websites and outreach materials, advocating for increased small business use via the Suppler Diversity program, developing and implementing small business follow up procedures, evaluating small business marketing materials and, updating databases with sources of diverse recruitment candidates and prospective vendors.
We expect a great deal from our interns; students interning in OEEMA can expect a challenging and enriching learning experience. Students applying for OEEMA internships must possess analytical and writing skills, the ability to conduct research, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Are Smithsonian OEEMA Interns Paid?
Unfortunately interns serving in OEEMA 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.
Areas of Study: Business Management, Marketing, Supplier Diversity, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, General Arts and Administration
Contact: Shahin Nemazee
Contact Phone: 202-633-6417
Program Website: http://www.si.edu/oeema
Apply Through: SOLAA
Office of Facilities Management & Reliability (OFMR)
Understanding the built environment will help you excel in any career choice. The Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR) is seeking enthusiastic interns to join our dynamic facility management team. All majors are welcome to apply! Please visit our website for the most up to date information: http://facilities.si.edu/internships/index.html
Office of Fellowships & Internships (OFI)
Be part of the office that makes academic opportunities happen! The Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI). Our office provides central management for all of the Smithsonian’s academic appointments – internships, fellowships, research associate appointments, and more. As the office that’s dedicated to advocating and coordinating Internships at the Smithsonian, we especially aware of the benefits that mentor-based experiential learning can bring.
To find out more, click here.
Office of Finance and Accounting(OF&A)
The Office of Finance and Accounting is responsible for the integrity of the Smithsonian’s internal controls; financial policies and procedures; and the planning, directing and managing of the Smithsonian’s central accounting and financial services programs.
The Office of Finance and Accounting is looking for an Associate Intern. For more information, click here.
Office of General Counsel (OGC)
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) protects the legal interests of the Smithsonian Institution, a trust instrumentality of the United States. In carrying out that mission, the OGC advises the Smithsonian Board of Regents, Secretary, Under Secretaries, museum directors, and other managers on the administration of the Institution; represents the Smithsonian in litigation and other adversarial proceedings; issues final determinations on administrative tort and personal property claims; drafts exhibition, sponsorship, and licensing agreements; and generally monitors developments in the law for application to Smithsonian programs. The OGC is made up of 12 attorneys, whose work covers such diverse topics as tax, employment discrimination, import/export, federal appropriations, intellectual property, and environmental law. Legal interns in the OGC assist the attorneys in all subject matter areas. The interns work directly with all of the attorneys, performing traditional case law research, preparing legal memoranda for use in briefs and motions, reviewing agreements, surveying state law, and researching legislative history. When possible, interns are invited to attend hearings, depositions, and meetings. It is a small and busy office, and the internship program is fairly informal. We hope that the interns will dive into the work, and, in doing so, expose themselves to an interesting and diverse law practice.
for more information visit: http://www.si.edu/OGC/internships
Office of Human Resources (OHR)
Office of International Relations (OIR)
You may know us at Smithsonian for our museums and collections, but we’re also a global organization actively involved in researching biodiversity, conserving priceless artifacts, preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, developing capacity-building programs, and much more. We work in more than 140 countries all over the world, including China, Armenia, Bangladesh, and Peru, to name but a few. Discover the difference we’re making in communities around the world with an internship at the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations (OIR).
OIR serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the Institution. OIR’s mission is to leverage the creativity, assets, and expertise of the entire Smithsonian to advance our mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. We mobilize communities, scientists, scholars, and partner organizations to exchange ideas and shape creative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, always hoping to inspire the next generation of leaders to join us. Underpinning all of our work internationally is a core focus on partnership and building the capacity of peers around the world. As the central external representative of international programs for the Smithsonian, OIR leads institutional relationships with U.S. government and international organizations, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, foreign embassies, and other governmental and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
OIR is currently offering an internship to support our office in its day-to-day functioning as it works with large-scale international programs and with international visitors coming from abroad, as well as supporting various communications needs. The internship provides professional development opportunities for students/recent graduates interested in international affairs, communications, history, art & culture, conservation science and other relevant disciplines. The intern will serve primarily in an administrative capacity. The internship has the option to be taken for university credit.
The intern will work with the supervisor to set goals. Duties and learning objectives may include:
- Assist with the flow of incoming international visitors,
- Support organizing and managing programming for international activities.
- Research and document international Smithsonian activities (current and historic).
- Engage with various members of the OIR team to provide project management support.
- Support digital communications, including content research, creation, and analysis.
- Other duties to be decided as needed.
This position is designed for a degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate student or a recent graduate. Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel & Word is essential. Prior international experience (study or work abroad), or in a cross- cultural setting is preferred, as well as experience in an office environment. An excellent command of the English language, as well as strong interpersonal skills, is required. Candidate must also be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and references (names and contact information) addressed to Sara De La Torre Beron at email@example.com.
- Summer Internship Application Deadline: April 1
- Fall Internship Application Deadline: August 1
- Spring Internship Application Deadline: November 15
Office of Investments (OI)
Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A)
Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A) Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. An OP&A internship provides experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative policy-related studies of major Smithsonian programmatic and administrative activities. In addition, the office conducts quantitative and qualitative studies of Smithsonian visitors and program participants. Interns either work as collaborators with OP&A staff in data collection, analysis, and presentation of results or undertake independent projects. A social science related background (management, business, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, education, etc.) and some coursework in qualitative or quantitative research methods are helpful. Academic credit can be arranged. Applicants are encouraged to review several OP&A reports posted at http://www.si.edu/opanda/ for examples of the types of studies the office conducts. If you are interested in pursuing an internship with OP&A, please submit a cover letter, resume, recent course paper, two references and proposed start dates to Zahava D. Doering. Electronic submissions are appreciated.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-5588
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Website: http://www.si.edu/OPANDA/internships
Term: 10 week minimum
Apply Through: SOLAA
Office of Public Affairs (OPA)
Office of Special Events & Protocol (OSEP)
An internship with the Smithsonian’s Office of Special Events and Protocol provides college and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in the museum field through coordinating and assisting with a vast array of events that can include visits from heads of State, museum exhibition openings, black tie dinners, conference luncheons, opening ceremonies and symposia hosted by the Board of Regents, the Secretary, Under Secretaries, Museum Directors, or other senior staff. Working closely with the Special Events and Protocol staff, interns will gain experience in formulating, developing and executing all programmatic and logistical elements of assigned events. Other specialized areas for interns to explore include budget preparation and reconciliation, contracts, event management, public relations, problem solving and diplomacy. Participating interns can spend up to ten weeks during the course of their study working in the Office of Special Events and Protocol as well as any of our other area Smithsonian Museums, Research Centers or off-campus facilities. Candidates for an internship in the Office of Special Events and Protocol must be current college or graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Fall Application Deadline: June 15
Spring Application Deadline: October 15
Summer Application Deadline: February 15
Contact : Elizabeth Kendler, Senior Special Events Coordinator
Contact Phone: 202-633-2045
Contact Email: email@example.com
Term: Ten (10) weeks
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Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) provides assistance to Smithsonian staff who are seeking or have obtained external funding for sponsored project(s). A “sponsored project” is a research, education, exhibit, training or other activity that receives partial or full funding through the mechanism of a federal or non-federal grant or contract. OSP assists with the acquisition and usage of grants and contract funding for Smithsonian research, education and training. Assistance is provided to Principal Investigators, administrative units and central management staff. Principal administrative functions of the office include advising on funding sources and availability; assisting with proposal preparation and submission, including meeting sponsor and Smithsonian requirements and development of the budget; reviewing and negotiating the terms and conditions of a proposed award and accepting the award on behalf of the Institution; and providing advice and assistance in development of the Institution’s research policies. In addition, federal research compliance policy (e.g. use of animals or human subjects in research) is developed and monitored by OSP staff. Training programs in all relevant areas are provided to Smithsonian staff on a regular basis. Accounting/financial functions include monitoring sponsored project activities and expenditures to assure compliance with Smithsonian and sponsor policies and accounting standards; providing oversight for cash management of all grants and contracts; providing advice and problem resolution services to principal investigators; serving as the official Smithsonian audit liaison with auditors of government agencies and private foundations and corporations for grants and contracts. The office is also responsible for preparing, negotiating and applying the Smithsonian’s indirect cost system for grants and contracts.
Program Website: http://www.si.edu/osp/general_information/internship_opps.htm
Contact Phone: (202) 633-7110
Contact Fax: (202) 633-7119
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Term: Variable (minimum 2 months, 10-15 hours per week)
Deadline: Open All Year
Office of Visitor Services (OVS)
There are currently no open internship opportunities at the Office of Visitor Services.
Smithsonian Affiliations (SA)
Content Marketing and Social Media Internship
About Us: Smithsonian Affiliations offers internships focused on national outreach based on availability and current activities of the staff. Projects vary in focus and intensity and range from short-term, part-time appointments to full-time summer-long commitments. Working side-by-side with the Affiliations staff, interns develop specialized skills in content marketing, web management, new media strategy, public relations, national conference planning, membership management, and fundraising. In addition, interns will develop professional networking skills while working collaboratively among the various Smithsonian museums and units to learn how to develop educational programming and coordinate object loans for Affiliates across the country.
Areas of Study: museum studies; marketing; public information; graphic design; new media technology; business administration
Contact : Elizabeth Bugbee / External Affairs & Professional Development Coordinator
Contact Phone: (202) 633-5304
Contact Email: BugbeeE@si.edu
Program Website: https://affiliations.si.edu/DetailPage.asp?MenuID=155
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The intern will learn about the content marketing and social media strategy of Smithsonian Affiliations. Development of a strategic marketing plan will help share the valuable work of Smithsonian Affiliations. Results will be shared with the Smithsonian Brand Manager and Affiliate network. The project will shape overall marketing messages into compelling content for web and social media.
Primary projects include:
- Develop marketing outline to help steer future marketing plans
- Find new opportunities for engagement and promotion of Smithsonian Affiliates surrounding the 20th Anniversary of the program
- Researching and writing compelling content for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Evaluating this content using a variety of measurement tools.
- Develop Affiliate brand style guide in collaboration with the Office of Communications and External Affairs
- Experience using multiple social media and e-marketing platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Constant Contact or Mail Chimp)
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within deadline
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to shift gears as needed.
- Graphic design skills (Illustrator, Photoshop, video editing) preferred, but not required.
- Must be able to intern at least 20-30 hours per week (for 10 weeks if summer internship; negotiable otherwise).
- Gain experience working in an active outreach office
- Learn how to promote the Smithsonian’s outreach in local communities through digital media
- Learn how to create consistent messaging through various platforms using a nationally recognized brand.
- Discover the breadth and depth of the Smithsonian Institution by working with all museums and offices.
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery (SAAM)
Since 1968, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s internship programs have provided instruction and inspiration to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as others seeking self-enrichment. Former interns have achieved success in professional positions in the art and museum fields, both nationally and internationally.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers two internship programs to coincide with the academic calendar. The Advanced-Level Program takes place during the fall and spring semesters; the eight-week Summer Program begins early to mid-June.
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory hosts two independent summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, one in Astronomy, and one in Solar Physics. Details of both programs can be found below.
Astronomy Summer Intern Program
The Smithsonian Astronomy Summer Intern Program is a 10 week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where students work on astrophysics research with an SAO/Harvard scientist. Potential areas of research include Galactic and extragalactic astronomy, stellar astrophysics, interstellar medium and star formation, supernovae and supernova remnants, laboratory astrophysics and astrochemistry, instrumentation, planetary and atmospheric science, and cosmology. In addition to each intern’s individual research project, there are field trips, professional development discussion meetings on topics including the responsible conduct of research, graduate school life, graduate school application process, graduate fellowship funding, and career opportunities outside academia, and a summer colloquium series. Students are also given the opportunity to present their research results at the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society following their summer in residence.
Undergraduate students interested in a career in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or related physical sciences are encouraged to apply. Applications from women, members of underrepresented groups and students from colleges with limited opportunities are especially welcome. Students are expected to be in residence at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA for the duration of the program. For more information, descriptions of previous years activities and research projects, and to apply please see our website: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/REU/REU.html.
Apply Through: Website
Opportunity Website: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/REU/REU.html
Application Deadline: February 2, 2015 (midnight EST)
Stipend: $500 per week
Term: 10 weeks
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelors degree. Seniors who graduate on or before June 2015 are not eligible.
Contact Email (preferred): intern [at] cfa.harvard.edu
Contact Phone: 617-496-7063
Solar Physics Summer Intern Program
The Solar and Stellar X-ray Group (SSXG) and the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Group (SSP) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) hosts a 10 week summer program for undergraduate students across the country to participate in cutting edge research on solar physics with CfA/SAO scientific mentors. Special seminars will be held to increase students’ public speaking and computer programming skills. Students will learn from experience about scientific research and how to apply their academic work to real-world problems. Participants must be US citizens and full-time undergraduate students, preferably finishing their sophomore or junior years. Applications from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged. Housing, stipend, and subsidized travel expenses to Cambridge are provided. More information including contact and application information can be obtained from the website listed below.
Apply Through: Website
Opportunity Website: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/solar_reu/
Application Deadline: February 15, 2015 (5pm EST)
Stipend: $500 per week; housing and travel to and from SAO are also subsidized.
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelors degree. Seniors who graduate on or before June 2015 are not eligible.
Contact Name: Dr. Henry Winter
Contact Phone: 617-495-7400
Contact Email: hwinter [at] cfa.harvard.edu
Galactic Center Region Internship
This internship will allow a student to take part in ongoing Galactic Center Region (GCR) research, analyzing data gathered by the Herschel satellite and supplemented with ground-based observatory data. The scientist serving as the mentor for this internship analyzes maps of the GCR’s dust and gas emission with the aim of learning more about the dynamics of dust and gas in our Galaxy, and the GCR specifically. The ultimate goal is to solve the puzzle of why star formation is suppressed in these regions.
The intern will learn what an astronomer does on a day to day basis, and develop skills in data analysis, with both data from a ground base and from a satellite base.
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Martian Dust Storms Internship
Dust plays an essential role for the Martian atmosphere, and dust storms range from a local to a global scale. The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have kept a nearly continuous daily global record of Mars since 1999, providing a unique opportunity to study Martian dust storms.
This internship will allow a student to collect data on dust storms by using satellite images. The intern will gather information about storm location, time, morphology, texture, and other characteristics. They’ll also be taught how to analyze the data, so that they can learn about the spatial temporal distributions of various types of dust storms. The overarching goal is to understand more about how Martian dust storms work, which can be very helpful in planning future Mars missions. The intern will get the opportunity to learn about research while contributing to this goal.
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Air Quality Data Analysis Internship
The Air Quality Data Analysis team at SAO is a world leader in the measurement of a variety of trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere from satellites and airplanes, using backscattered solar ultraviolet and visible radiation. They’ve developed algorithms for the retrieval of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, bromine monoxide, formaldehyde, water vapor, glyoxal, and sulfur dioxide. These gases are produced from a variety of natural and manmade sources, including the burning of fossil fuels, industrial production, volcanic activity, biogenic byproducts and biomass burning. The team has produced products from instruments on NASA and European meteorological satellites, as well as instruments flown on NASA’s research airplanes.
This internship will teach students how to analyze the spatiotemporal distributions of trace gases. For example, an intern might analyze OMI and OMPS products over Central America to determine spatial patterns in the distribution of formaldehyde. Their findings would then contribute to the team’s plan of taking remote sensing measurements of trace gases in the Panama Isthmus, which is part of a new Grand Challenge Award between SAO and STRI. Interns will also gain hands-on experience in real scientific collaboration, and further their understanding of atmospheric physics and chemistry.
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) provides vision, leadership, and support for Asian and Pacific Islander American initiatives for the Smithsonian and works to better reflect their contributions to the American experience, world culture, and the understanding of our planet and the natural world through collections, research, exhibitions, outreach, and education programs. Interns at APA embark on an academic and professional journey while participating in unique Smithsonian activities. They will have the opportunity to develop an APA research project centered on their scholarly interests. More information about this topic is located here
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA)
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) creates models and methods that make the Smithsonian a digital learning laboratory for everyone. SCLDA’s primary audience is learners who connect with us through digital technologies for informal learning experiences, which are linked to formal education. We provide extensive digital access to Smithsonian collections and programs to inspire personal exploration. Interning at the Smithsonian Learning Lab is a unique opportunity to be part of a new way the Smithsonian is making its resources more accessible and useful to teachers, students, parents, and anyone thrilled by the discovery and exploration of museum resources. As an intern with us, you’ll be a formative part of an inviting educational movement, as we open the doors to the vast resources within the Smithsonian to anyone with an interest to learn. This is not a museum education department or public programs internship, and takes place mostly within an office setting. Students studying new media, digital learning, museum education, and evaluation methods are encouraged to apply.
Learn more here: https://www.learninglab.si.edu/about/internships
Smithsonian Enterprises (SE)
Smithsonian Enterprises operates retail, media, product development, licensing and other services which promote the Smithsonian mission while generating an essential source of unrestricted funding for the Institution. By providing products and services that reflect the mission of the museums and research centers, Smithsonian Enterprises plays a critical role in advancing the Institution’s core mission of the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Smithsonian Enterprises includes Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines, museum stores, restaurants, IMAX theaters, Smithsonian Catalogue, Smithsonian Channel, book publishing, licensing, online and digital enterprises.
Internships with Smithsonian Enterprises are designed to provide meaningful, hands-on learning experiences in a variety of business related areas. For information on specific internship opportunities within Enterprises, including application deadlines, please click on the links below. Smithsonian Enterprise’s Virtual Online Course Management Internship – Smithsonian Online Education
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain exposure and experience in a research environment. The program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of the Center’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects (field of research and education) over 10-16 weeks, utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today; including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. Students will become familiar with much of the research being conducted at SERC, but they will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them. In addition to their research, students participate in field trips, seminars, and lectures. All participants are expected to integrate what they have learned during their experience and present a brief seminar at the end of their appointment.
Contact : Daniel E. Gustafson, Jr.
Contact Phone: (443) 482-2217
Contact Fax: (443) 482-2380
Contact Email: SERCintern@si.edu
Opportunity Website: https://serc.si.edu/pro_training/internships/projectmenu.aspx
Program Website: http://www.serc.si.edu
Smithsonian Facilities (SF)
Smithsonian Facilities (SF) provides world-class services and stewardship by building, operating, maintaining and ensuring a safe, secure, healthy environment that enhances the Smithsonian experience. At SF, you’ll have the opportunity to gain insight into the different facets of facilities and engineering, explore new career avenues and acquire lifelong skills. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.ofeo.si.edu/internship.html
Smithsonian Exhibits (SIE)
Smithsonian Institution Exhibits (SIE) supports all the museums and units at the Smithsonian in the design and production of exhibits. Interns work under the guidance of SIE staff and are assigned to work on tasks appropriate to their qualifications and talents. They have the opportunity to exercise and strengthen their existing skills, develop new skills, and exercise responsibility and creativity within a supportive, encouraging environment. SIE’s departments are Design, Graphics, Fabrication, 3D Studio, Exhibit Planning, and Administration.
Contact Phone: (301) 238-2093
Contact Email: email@example.com
Opportunity website: http://exhibits.si.edu/about/opportunities/
Term: 10 weeks
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round, except for our summer intern program, February 15 is the deadline.
Apply Through: SOLAA
Smithsonian Gardens (SG)
The Archives of American Gardens Internship
The Archives of American Gardens internship provides opportunities to perform various archival collections management tasks in the Archives of American Gardens, a growing photographic collection that documents American garden design and landscape history. This experience will help interns learn some of the practices necessary to prepare archival collections for outside researchers, curators, and staff. Assignments focus on cataloging garden images by describing their content according to recognized data standards, image digitization, computer automation of collection records, assisting with basic research and reference duties, and developing a range of outreach materials including blogs and text for web pages. Depending on which projects may be available to work on, interns may have an opportunity to organize and process photographic materials, develop finding aids, inventory, and/or perform basic preservation practices. Knowledge of and/or experience with archival practices preferred. Accuracy, attention to detail, and good writing skills are required. Summer intern applicants must apply for both the Archives of American Gardens’ internship and the Garden Club of America, Garden History and Design Scholarship to be considered for a joint stipend awarded by these two organizations.
The Smithsonian Gardens Internship
The Smithsonian Gardens manages the grounds of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC and develops horticultural displays and exhibitions in exterior and interior museum spaces that are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. SG internships provide practical learning experiences in the extremely diverse field of horticulture. Assignments vary from one specific project to a broad range of activities in the many SG branches including garden and grounds maintenance, greenhouse production, landscape design, collections management (orchids, garden furnishings and horticultural artifacts, and garden archives), integrated pest management, and educational outreach. The Smithsonian Gardens accepts current and recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students studying horticulture, landscape architecture, museum studies, or other related fields. Selection is based on both an evaluation of the applicant’s application and available positions.
For more information visit: http://gardens.si.edu/get-involved/internships.html
Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)
The Smithsonian Institution Archives offers internships in archival methods, institutional history, oral history, history of science, collections management, collections care (preservation and conservation), digitial preservation and curation, and electronic records management. The Archives Division serves as a repository for documents of historic value about the Smithsonian, as the official memory of the Smithsonian and as a resource for scholars. Internships are provided for arrangement and description of institutional records, personal papers, and photographic and other collections in special media; encoding of finding aids for its website; digitization of collections; and conducting records surveys and developing records disposition schedules. These internships are considered apprenticeships under the tutelage of an archivist. The Institutional History Division conducts research on the history of the Smithsonian, prepares scholarly and popular publications, exhibits, lectures, electronic and paper guides to specialized research areas, and records oral history and video history interviews. Internships provide an overview of the research and dissemination activities of an institutional history program, with a focus on specific topics. Prior course work in American history or the sciences is desirable, though not a prerequisite. The Collections Care Division carries out preservation of collections in paper, photograph, and audio-visual formats. Preservation internships provide hands-on experience in preservation techniques, working with nineteenth and twentieth century Smithsonian records and personal papers of prominent administrators and scientists. The internships emphasize integrated preservation management, considering issues such as proper environment, housing, handling, and preservation reproduction of records. Conservation internships are occasionally available for current students of masters programs in conservation or post-graduates. The Digital Services Division preserves and manages the digital collections of the Archives. This work spans a wide range of activities including: digitization of photographs, documents, sound, and moving images; preservation and curation of original electronic records; facilitating access to digital collections; and digital repository management. All internships provide hands-on experience and exposure to key issues in archival digital collections such as digital obsolescence, authenticity and provenance, conservation, and sustainability. Interns will work directly with records from the Archives’ collections in digital and other formats.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-5906
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries offers internship opportunities to graduate students, library professionals, and undergraduate students interested in exploring a library career in library and information science. Intern assignments may include a project or a structured practical experience. The Libraries selects interns based on its needs and on the specific education, training, skills, and interest of the applicant. While specific requirements may vary from project to project, a graduate student in library and information science, or an intern with library experience or subject expertise may participate in reference or interlibrary loan activities, creation of bibliographies, or cataloging projects. Undergraduate interns receive an over-view of library functions such as reference, circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, or preservation, and may assist in organizing collections, processing gift and exchange materials, or proofing and keying data. Internships are available in all of the Libraries’ divisions: Readers Services and Strategic Planning with its 22 branch libraries, Technical Services and Administration, and Digital Library and Information Systems. The lengths of internships vary, and the minimum length of an internship is one month. Stipends are offered for certain projects and funded internships may be available through the Smithsonian’s Center for Museum Studies and the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-1708
Contact Email: email@example.com
Opportunity Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/Galaxy.cfm?id=3.2
Deadline: Project-based, see website
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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions (SITES)
SITES organizes and circulates exhibitions to museums and other host venues around the U.S. The program includes exhibitions on art, humanities, and science. Exhibitions originate at the SI, but SITES also travels exhibitions from other, non-SI museums. Internships are available in exhibition development, public relations, education, registration, exhibit scheduling, public affairs, museum administration, and editing. Graduate students and visiting professionals preferred. Please note that we do not offer stipends.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-3105
Contact Email: McCoys@si.edu
Program Website: http://www.sites.si.edu
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Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC)
The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States and internationally. The Center offers academic internships for upper level high school students, undergraduate, and graduate students during the fall, winter/spring, and summer semesters. Interns can experience hands-on opportunities working within the exhibitions and public programs, education and outreach, web and virtual immersive education, development, and marketing departments.
For more information on specific internship opportunities available and how to apply, please click here.
One of the SLC’s most prominent internship programs is the Young Ambassadors Program (YAP). YAP is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.
Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long seminar at the Smithsonian Institution. This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training conducted by renowned experts in their respective fields. It exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging youth to explore and understand Latino identity and embrace their own cultural heritage through visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with anthropologists, artists, curators, historians, scientists and other professionals. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 16 regions across the United States and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.
Contact : Emily Key
Contact Phone: (202) 633-1240
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunity Website: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP
Term: 5 weeks
Apply Through: SOLAA
Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)
The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) works to improve the teaching and learning of science for K-12 students throughout the United States, and ultimately, throughout the world. It develops innovative new curriculum, conducts Summer Academies for Teachers at the Smithsonian museums and labs, and fosters science education leadership among school and community leaders.
SSEC offers summer internships for students who are currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, or graduate programs at a college or university. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. All interns must successfully complete a Federal background check before their internship begins. Interns may apply to work in one of the following divisions: Professional Services or Curriculum & Communications. Read more about these divisions online: http://www.ssec.si.edu/
Internships are for 10 weeks during the summer. Fall and Spring internships are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to the student’s schedule and the availability of assignments.
Areas of Study: Students who have an interest in science, education, or business will find our work most engaging. We encourage minorities to apply.
Contact : Angela Pritchett
Contact Phone: 202-633-2284
Contact Email: PritchettA@si.edu
Opportunity Website: https://www.ssec.si.edu/smithsonian-science-education-center-internship-program
Term: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer. Student must be available the entire internship.
Stipend: Stipend amount is subject to available funding.
Deadline: Application is open January 1st and closes March 15th of every year.
Apply Through: SOLAA
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Our goal is to enable students to develop working skills pertinent to future careers that contribute to the understanding of tropical biodiversity and its relevance to humankind-STRI’s mission. The internship program is aimed at undergraduate or early-stage graduate students who have demonstrated potential for success in such careers. Interns will be selected based on merit and potential for achievement. However, placement depends upon the availability of a match between the applicant’s interest and a new or ongoing project supervised by a STRI staff scientist. We encourage applicants to directly contact potential supervisors. Staff research profiles and contact information can be found here. If your research interests do not correspond to those of our staff, please let us know and we will send you a list of research affiliates and/or postdoctoral fellows carrying out research at STRI. Deadlines are: March 15 and October 15 each year. To Learn More, please visit the STRI Internship Page
The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
Complementing Smithsonian research, exhibitions, and collections, Smithsonian Associates offers a curriculum consisting of hundreds of courses, lectures, tours, performances, seminars, and other activities. Associates interns are offered opportunities to learn about various aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the world’s great cultural institutions. More information can be found at: http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/index.aspx
Adult Education Programs: Assist with all aspects of programming including researching and booking presenters, marketing, logistics and event implementation. Development: Support the Development Office through creating marketing materials, drafting grants and sponsor proposals, maintaining website text, and conducting research on funding sources. Discovery Theater: Support the Discovery Theater staff in all aspects: house management, ticketing and group sales, education, administration, and production support. Digital Marketing: Support the Marketing staff by editing images and deploying eCommunications, as well as using web analytics software to research results from marketing campaigns. Film Production: Assist the Marketing Department by creating promotional videos and video clips for different audiences. Performing Arts: Assist with research, booking, budgets, logistical set-up, and marketing of events. Provide program during programs, including box office and house management duties. Sleepovers: Provide hands-on support with the design and production of museum educational materials, logistics, volunteer coordination, plus on-site oversight at sleepovers. Social Media: Create new content and research content to publish on Associates’ Blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Special Events: Provide promotional and programmatic support for large scale public events, and assist with general event planning as well as social media outreach. Studio Arts: Provide program support for course workshops and content for the Studio Arts blog, Studio Arts landing page, and Facebook page. Summer Camp: Support the team by assisting with the daily running of the 9-week camp program, supervising campers and assistants, up-keep of rosters and paperwork, parent communication, and supply organization and procurement. Credit: College or university credit may be awarded by the student’s sponsoring institution through advance agreement with student’s college/university and Smithsonian Associates.
Contact Phone: (202) 633-8631
Contact Email: TSAInternships@si.edu
Program Website: http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/index.aspx
- Adult Education Programming Internship
- Development Internship
- Digital Marketing Internship
- Discovery Theater Admin/House Management Internship
- Discovery Theater Museum Theater and Education Internship
- Discovery Theater Technical Internship
- Film Production Internship
- Performing Arts Internship
- Smithsonian Sleepovers (Education Programs) Internship
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- Special Events Internship
- Studio Arts Internship
- Summer Camp Internship
- Studio Arts Classroom Internship
Smithsonian Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MCI, NMNH, SAO, STRI)
The National Science Foundation funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Smithsonian Institution supports six REU Sites at various museums and research centers around the world. Exciting research internships are offered in a range of fields including biology, ecology, environmental science, paleontology, archaeology, astrophysics, and museum conservation science.
All REU programs accept interns for the summer months and offer stipend support; some offer room and board. Interns must be currently enrolled undergraduates. Interns in the REU programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, although some programs offer concurrent support for non-U.S. citizens. Everyone is encouraged to apply!
Please visit this page for specific information about the programs, application instructions, deadlines, and requirements.