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Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education

The Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in memory of Claudine K. Brown, an educator and influential leader of the Smithsonian. Awardees of the Brown Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of education and museum leadership.  Internships are available for high school and college students, including under-served youth.


This program was established in honor of the late Claudine K. Brown, former Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, to promote excellence in education and help ensure a diverse education and museum workforce of the future. Brown was a lifelong champion for learners of all ages.  She believed in immersive experiences – that we learn by doing. As assistant secretary for education and access from 2010 to 2016, she was responsible for defining the institution’s overall education program, especially for K-12 students and teachers.  She worked with more than 300 educators to bring stories, collections, lessons, films, games and many more offerings to life.


Available internship opportunities are intended to increase participation of underserved students who are under-represented in the education and museum leadership field. Interns are placed in offices, museums, and research centers throughout the Smithsonian Institution where they will help to create, develop and disseminate innovative educational programs and resources at the Smithsonian, online, in the classroom and in communities.


  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents
  • To be considered for this opportunity one must currently be enrolled or recently have been enrolled (within the last 6 months) as a high school or undergraduate student

How it works

Each year, the Office of the Under Secretary for Education (OUSE) (formerly APEA) identifies a new project for the Claudine K. Brown Internship awardee. In 2021, the Claudine K. Brown intern will have an opportunity to learn through engagement with one of the Smithsonian education teams at a museum, research center, or central education office.

How to Apply

Apply online through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Please carefully review the position description(s) prior to applying.

Once you have created an account and logged into SOLAA, you will need to upload and complete all the required information including:

  • A current resume
  • A short essay including learning objectives
  • Two references from professors, advisors, or recent employers

Candidates will likely be asked to interview, either in person or over the phone, for their desired position.


$650/week (full-time), with possible travel allowance. Maximum five-week internship period. Additional housing information can be found here.

Application Deadline

March 19th, 2021