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Have you ever thought about working for the Smithsonian? Maybe you’re interested in working in a museum, maybe not – either way, you have to be an expert in your field to even be considered, right?

Wrong! The Smithsonian hires employees with all kinds of interests, experience, and know-how. We hire all kinds of positions from curators and exhibit designers to architects and systems engineers to budget analysts and environmental researchers.

Want to learn more? Interested in what you should study to have the right skills to join our team? Want to meet some of our dedicated staff who routinely mentor interns, fellows, and new employees?

Join us for our next Here to Career event!

The morning will include:

  • Panel session with a diverse group of Smithsonian employees covering a variety of careers
  • Information session on internships, fellowships, and other work study opportunities
  • Career fair where you can meet employees from our many museums and research centers

Here to Career events are held three times a year, in fall, spring and summer. Join us for our next one – we look forward to seeing you there!

And read up on some of our previous events below.

Here to Career Webinar with Wildlife Veterinarians

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Here to Career Webinar with Wildlife Veterinarians

  Have you ever met a Dr. Doolittle? (someone who speaks to/knows all about animals)?  You can learn how some of the Smithsonian’s awesome wildlife veterinarians forged their career paths by watching this replay of a Here to Career webinar, which convened on Thursday 7/9/20. If you are interested in a career related to the health and care of wildlife, you won’t want to miss it!

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Here to Career Webinar with Smithsonian Archivists

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Here to Career Webinar with Smithsonian Archivists

Do you know where all the secrets are buried? Smithsonian archivists do. You can find out how some of the Smithsonian’s most awesome archivists forged their career paths by tuning into this replay of a Here to Career webinar with 3 of the best, which convened on Thursday 6/11/20 from 1 pm to 1:30 pm. If you are interested in learning more about archival science careers, be sure not to miss this great opportunity!

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Here to Career Webinar: Librarians

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Here to Career Webinar: Librarians

Access to good information has never been more important than it is right now. You know who can help you access good information? A great librarian can. Join some of the Smithsonian’s best librarians for a discussion about their careers and live Q&A, which convened on Thursday 6/4 from 1 pm to 1:30 pm EDT. If you’d like to know more about the best way to approach a career that helps the world find the right information at the right times, you definitely won’t want to miss the replay this event, which you can see...

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Here to Career Webinar: Conservation Genomics

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Here to Career Webinar: Conservation Genomics

Ever met a real wizard? If not, you can….by checking out this replay of a Here to Career Webinar with Smithsonian scientists Mike Braun, Jesus Maldonado, and Owen McMillan, which convened on Thursday 5/7/20. When it comes to working on the cutting edge of evolutionary/conservation/molecular genetics, these guys are true magicians and among the world’s best. Check out some of the amazing career advice they offered here!

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Here to Career Webinar: Big Data

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Here to Career Webinar: Big Data

  On Thursday 4/30/20 Smithsonian Data scientists who are masters at wrangling big data convened for a Here to Career discussion. They revealed their best career tips for those interested in helping the world understand an increasingly complex universe of information! Panelists included: Rebecca Dikow, Research Data Scientist, Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Data Science Lab Mike Trizna, Research Data Scientist, Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Data Science Lab Mirian Tsuchiya,...

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Here to Career Webinar: MarineGEO

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Here to Career Webinar: MarineGEO

  On Thursday 4/16/20 experts from the Smithsonian MarineGEO initiative convened for a live Q&A session. If you’re interested in an ocean career, these experts can offered some great advice about how to get there. Participating panelists included: Smithsonian Marine Station (SM) Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Ecosystems (CCRE) Program Coordinator Scott Jones Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Research Scientist Katrina Lohan Smithsonian MarineGEO and Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) Program Manager...

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Save the Stuff! Meet the Conservators

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Save the Stuff! Meet the Conservators

On Thursday 4/2/20 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum (CHNDM) Head of Conservation and Sr. Objects Conservator Sarah Barack, Freer Sackler Gallery of Art (FSGA) Conservation Scientist Matthew Clarke, and National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Conservator Emily Kaplan convened for a conservation about their conservator careers. About 100 participants joined this virtual gathering and many asked great questions. Thanks to all who participated! You can watch a replay of the event here.

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Meet the Anthropologists

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Meet the Anthropologists

  On Thursday 3/26/20 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Repatriation Research Specialist Dr. Risa Arbolino and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Curator of Archaeobotany and Archaeogenomics Dr. Logan Kistler offered a career talk to an online crowd of aspiring anthropologists and others. You can check out a recording of the talk here!

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5th Annual Smithsonian Intern and Fellow Here to Career!

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5th Annual Smithsonian Intern and Fellow Here to Career!

On Thursday 7/27/17, the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) held its Fifth Annual Smithsonian Intern and Fellow Here to Career event! More than a hundred interns and fellows gathered in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) to listen to panelists from all across the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art (NGA) talk about their own experiences leading up to careers at their own museums. To start off the event, Deputy Director of NASM Chris Browne gave a few introductory remarks...

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Trailblazing with INROADS

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Trailblazing with INROADS

INROADS College Links – DC is an academic program which aims to provide underrepresented students with a variety of professional, developmental, and career opportunities with the intent to prepare its members for college and beyond. On Monday 6/26/17, INROADS students from Washington DC high schools spent a day with Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Partnership Manager Eileen Graham and were able to catch a sneak peak at the inner workings of the Smithsonian Institution. The day started with the Smithsonian All Staff Meeting,...

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