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The Smithsonian 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.

Program Description

Among others, learning objectives of this opportunity include:

· How to develop management systems for museum collections
· How to plan events related to collections management
· How to plan and execute outreach efforts both internally and externally at a large cultural organization
· How to lead cross-disciplinary engagement with stakeholders internal and external to an organization


This opportunity is aimed at college undergraduate students, though others are eligible to apply.

How It Works

The DUSCIS Special Projects Internship is available year-round in three sessions roughly correlated with the following terms:

Fall: September 1 – December 15
Spring: January 15 – May 15
Summer: May 15 – July 15

This opportunity does not offer a stipend.

How to Apply

Applications for the DUSCIS Special Projects Internship are accepted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system.

1) Login to your SOLAA Account or create one (if you don’t have an account already)
2) Click “Add New Application” at the top
3) Program Type: Choose Internship
4) Office/Museum/Research Center: Choose Office of Fellowships
5) Select DUSCIS Special Project Internship
6) Add New Application

During the application process you will be asked for 1) your current resume, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) an essay describing what you hope to learn during your internship

Application Deadlines

· Fall Semester (September – December): July 15
· Spring Semester (January – May): November 15
· Summer Semester (May – August): March 15

Selection Criteria

Candidates for the DUSCIS Special Projects Internship will be selected based on the following criteria:

· The specificity of learning objectives and the likelihood of this internship helping the applicant meeting those objectives

· Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and interests that will permit an applicant to make the most of this internship opportunity

· Attention to detail and creativity in the presentation of their application

The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, or participation in protected activity.