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NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) at the Smithsonian Institution

For NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellows 


Background & Purpose

The Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) provides professional development to NSF Graduate Research Fellows through internships developed in partnership with federal agencies. NSF Graduate Fellows will participate in mission-related, collaborative research under the guidance of host research mentors at federal facilities and national laboratories. The internship experiences will support Fellows with developing expertise in critical STEM areas, enhancing professional skills, developing networks, and preparing for a wide array of career options. 


This program is open to recipients of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) only.

How it Works

Internships can be arrange for 10 weeks to 6 months with the possibility of extending for up to an additional 6 months. You will be required to pass a background check.  For more information about internships at the Smithsonian please see the Academic Appointment Handbook.

How to Apply

Fellows submit GRIP applications through the GRFP FastLane module.


Finding a STEM related internship at the Smithsonian

Do you have an idea for STEM study or research at the Smithsonian, but you are not sure who to talk to or where to start?

Helpful hints for some potential STEM fields of study:

Astrophysics, consult the following entry: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Evolutionary, Systematic, Behavioral, Environmental, and Conservation Biology, consult the following entries: National Museum of Natural History; National Zoological Park; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Smithsonian  Tropical Research Institute.

Earth, Mineral, and Planetary Science, consult the following entries: the Departments of Mineral Sciences and Paleobiology of the National Museum of Natural History; and Center for Earth and Planetary Studies of the National Air and Space Museum.

Materials Characterization and Conservation, consult the Museum Conservation Institute; Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Go to the publication Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study and review the following sections:

Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

If you have any questions or need additional information contact: Pamela Hudson Veenbaas at 202-633-7058 or