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The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), volunteers, interns, fellows, research associates, and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of location or arrangement (e.g., onsite, virtual, remote, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination during onboarding. The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. Limited exemptions to the Smithsonian Institution’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis for selected candidates who inform the Smithsonian that they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, including certain medical conditions the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers contraindications to the vaccine; because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance; or availability of WHO-recommended vaccines based on country of residency (for remote appointees).  Additional information and instructions regarding Smithsonian’s COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of selection.   


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.

Smithsonian-Wide (SI)

These are centrally funded opportunities that place interns throughout the Smithsonian. Click the links to find out how each program works.

Anne R. and G. Wayne Clough Internship

Anne R. and G. Wayne Clough

Anne R. and G. Wayne Clough

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.

Benjamin Lawless Internship

Benjamin Lawless

This internship honors Benjamin Lawless and his legacy as an internationally recognized exhibition planner, designer, Emmy winning filmmaker and writer. The Benjamin Lawless Internship is an opportunity for a rising senior high school student 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.

Conservation Internship For Broadening Access (CIBA)


Focused on students from communities currently underrepresented in the museum conservation field, the Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA) offers opportunities for current or recent undergraduates to learn about museum conservation conservation. During a 10-week summer program, CIBA interns are placed with mentors in a variety of conservation labs throughout the Smithsonian Institution. The program supports interns by offering a stipend to defray living and travel expenses during the internship.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is administered by the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI).

To find out more, go here.

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.

Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Programs

2018 I2F Interns learn from Jesus Maldonado, Research Geneticist, at the Smithsonian’s Center for Conservation Genomics at the National Zoological Park.

The Smithsonian’s Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program is a two-tiered learning experience designed to introduce recent college graduates to the diversity of career opportunities within the fields of museum sciences and support. Selected candidates will embark on a 15-week internship in Fall 2018 where they will be placed with a mentor and spend time learning about the Smithsonian, it’s facilities, collections, staff, and it’s role in the global museum and research fields.

Successful interns will be welcomed back as fellows in Spring 2019. Fellows will work with their advisor to complete their independent project over the course of their 15-week fellowship. Fellows will also participate in bi-weekly cohort programming that will focus on career skills and planning. The program will conclude with a symposium where fellows will present their work.

In 2018, this program is being offered in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center (for more information go here) and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (for more information go here).

James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration

Image of James E. Webb

James E. Webb

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

2017 Katzenberger Foundation Art History Interns

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.

Diversity Awards Program

Minority Award Program Recipiants

The Smithsonian Diversity Awards Program  (formerly 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 click 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.

Shirley Ann Jackson Science Internship & Robert P. Kogod Arts Internship

Shirley Ann Jackson and Robert P. Kogod

To honor the achievements of DC Public high school graduates and Smithsonian Regents, Shirley Ann Jackson and Robert P. Kogod, the Smithsonian is accepting applications for an internship program named in their honor.  These internships are for District of Columbia public high school students entering their junior or senior year or finishing their senior year. There are two full-time internships. One internship is awarded to a student interested in science and another is awarded to a student interested in the arts. Awarded students spend eight (8) weeks with their mentors in and around the Smithsonian facilities in the Washington DC area. For more information click 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.

Accessibility Program (AP)

Project SEARCH

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.

Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)

The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to explore social issues impacting diverse populations to promote mutual understanding and strengthen community bonds.  The museum’s research mission is to examine, document, and discuss these historical and cultural dynamics that are seen and felt at an everyday level. Museum research into issues and themes that resonate within urban communities allows residents to make links and connections between their communities and other urban centers—including pathways to solving shared issues and challenges. ACM brings scholarship and formal research to this inquiry, incorporating the memories and insights provided through first-person accounts. Documentation and research efforts are community-based and include oral history interviews, survey and mapping projects, and community-based collecting efforts.  Education and programming is another crucial area of endeavor.  Educational programs support major projects, such as exhibitions, and includes conception, development, and implementation of a variety of public educational offerings including lectures, author talks, family art workshops, performances, annual festivals, professional development for students and teachers, symposia, and various off-site cross-collaborative programs in communities within DC, Maryland, and Virginia. You can learn more here!

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

Arts and Industries Building (AIB)

The Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building (AIB) seeks outstanding interns to join a dynamic small team that’s working on exciting projects with big impact. AIB is an iconic Smithsonian space that opened in 1881 as the nation’s first museum, and is about to embark on a major transformation after being closed for more than a decade. Over the next few years, we’ll be staging a series of large-scale, landmark events and exhibitions that set the stage for AIB’s future vision, while also doing the serious work of preparing for its long-awaited reopening.

AIB seeks interns to specialize in one of three areas: curation, events and operations, and communications and partnerships. These are professional-level internships, and you’ll be an integral part of both a collaborative team and AIB’s success.

Learn more 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  about all CFCH internships 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

Stipend: $2,500

For more information, click here.

Enterpreise Risk Management (ERM)

SI has elected to implement an Enterprise Risk Management program that is intended to focus on the highest risks to the organization.  SI already has extensive risk management practices throughout the organization.  The intent is to supplement, not replace, those current efforts.  While not specifically designed to a given framework, the intent is to show areas where risks could either be reduced or pursued. 

The internship is intended to represent a collaboration between what the student is looking for and the business needs.  The individual in this role will be expected to be flexible to the needs of SI based on where the Enterprise Risk management program is performing at the time the intern joins the program. 

To learn more and for application instructions, click here.


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

The National Museum of Asian Art will reimagine our internship programs to build more accessible opportunities for students. Beginning in Summer 2022, the museum will provide paid internship positions across the museum, designed to propel individuals into successful careers in a variety of sectors. These expanded, paid internship programs will allow more students to benefit from resume-building experience and mentorship at the museum.

Internship applications for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will not be accepted as the museum works to launch the redesigned programs. Please check back this Winter for more information.

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


HMSG Fall 2021 Internship


The Curatorial Department of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is seeking an intern who is independent, self-motivated, collaborative, and flexible. The intern will get the opportunity to be a member of the Hirshhorn’s Curatorial team, attend project team meetings, conduct research in the Museum’s library and archives, receive one-on-one mentorship with multiple curators, and gain exposure to a the day-to-day operations of a mid-size modern and contemporary art museum’s curatorial department.

Learning Objectives

Interns duties may include research, writing, and other tasks related to the Museum’s permanent collection, temporary installations, and traveling exhibitions, forthcoming publications, as well as support for both donor events and public programs.


Interns will work collaboratively, engaging with members of the Curatorial team on a daily basis and members of the broader museum across departments on a project-by-project basis.


Curatorial interns will learn amidst an enthusiastic, collaborative and dynamic team. They will tackle projects alongside seasoned staff members, who can provide beneficial mentorship.

The Hirshhorn Museum’s Curatorial internship program focuses on research-focused experiences. Past interns have completed projects such as:

  • Researching and co-authoring exhibition texts for forthcoming projects (including extended labels and timelines)
  • Accessing the Museum’s library and archives, the Archives of American Art, and Smithsonian Institution Libraries to provide critical research support for the forthcoming publication The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Collection.
  • Conducting catalogue raisonné and bibliographical research for the exhibition and related publication Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection.
  • Conducting research on the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, identifying gaps in the museum’s holdings.

We expect a great deal from our interns! Interns can expect a varied, challenging, and enriching learning experience.



Anyone who is eligible for an internship at the Smithsonian can apply to intern at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Eligibility for Smithsonian internships is generally defined as someone seeking a guided learning opportunity related to their academic or professional goals. Hirshhorn curatorial internships are open to current students and recent graduates of graduate programs in art history, museum studies, or related fields. Individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the museum field are encouraged to apply. This position is part time (16-24 hours/week), compensated at a rate of week.


How to Apply

To apply, create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).


Deadline: September 10, 2021


Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

For information on Museum Conservation Institute Internships and Fellowships please click here.



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. Contact Phone: (202) 633-2325  Term: 10 week minimum Deadline: February 17th Apply Through: SOLAA

National Collections Program (NCP)


The National Collections Program (NCP) is dedicated to improving the overall stewardship and management of Smithsonian collections by providing central leadership, policy oversight, strategic planning, and support of Institution-wide collections initiatives.  The NCP serves as a principle advisor to Smithsonian senior management, collecting unit directors, and staff on matters relating to collections management policies, procedures, and standards.  Working with Smithsonian senior management, the NCP develops long-term strategies, priorities, policies, and plans that address Institution-wide collections needs.

To learn about internships at the National Collections Program (NCP) click here

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.

For more information click here

 Apply Through: SOLAA 


National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)


National Museum of African Art


Thank you for your interest in interning at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)! Internships at the museum are mentor-based, experiential-learning opportunities open to those interested in exploring museum professions. Internships at the museum are mentor-based, experiential-learning opportunities open to those interested in exploring museum professions. Internship opportunities are available in the following departments: Conservation, Curatorial, Development, Editorial, Education, Exhibits, Photographic Archives, Public Affairs, and Registration. For detailed information about each department, please visit the website below. Candidates should have a background in art history, anthropology, museum studies, African studies, or a related discipline. Specific training in African art or other aspects of African culture is highly desirable, particularly for the Education and Curatorial departments. Internships are for a minimum ten-week period and are available on both a full- and part-time schedule.

Opportunity Website:

Summer Application Deadline: March 1

Fall Application Deadline: July 1

Winter/Spring Application Deadline: November 1.

Apply through SOLAA

Summer Internship For Undergraduates 

For internships in NMAfA’s Conservation Department click here

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

National Museum of American History

Are you interested in learning more about the inner workings of history museums–either as an introduction or a deeper dive into an aspect of the museum field? The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) offers internships to qualified applicants who are excited to engage in a professional learning experience! NMAH has offered internships in every department of the museum, including (but definitely not limited to!) curatorial and collections management, education and audience engagement, exhibition design and production, communications and marketing, special events and donor relations, and museum operations. However, the specific internships offered each cycle (spring, summer, or fall) depend on mentor availability and upcoming possible internship projects; you can check out our upcoming internship opportunities at NMAH by clicking here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Caroline Fiertz, NMAH’s Interns & Fellows Program Manager, at (202) 633-3556 or Summer 2020 internship applications open November 19, 2019 and close February 3, 2020, at 2 PM EST. Fall 2020 internship applications open March 17, 2020 and close June 1, 2020, at 2 PM EST. Spring 2021 internship applications open July 14, 2020, and close September 25, 2020, at 2 PM EST. After checking out the “How to Apply” section of our NMAH internship website, please 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 or call 301-238-1496.  For other opportunities click here

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Internships at NMNH offer graduate, undergraduate and high school students a chance to learn through mentor-guided experiences in many academic and professional fields. An internship at NMNH is a prearranged, structured learning opportunity under the direct supervision of an NMNH staff member who serves as a mentor.

In addition to learning from their mentors, interns may join focused enrichment and social activities. During the summer, we host a series of behind-the-scenes tours, workshops, demonstrations, discussions and group events to provide interns a broader understanding of the natural history sciences, museum education and outreach, and science administration.

We bring new and returning interns into 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 (NHB) in Washington, DC
  • Museum Support Center (MSC) in Suitland, Maryland
  • Arctic Studies Center (ASC) in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) in Fort Pierce, Florida

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: For more information click here

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:

Opportunity Website:

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)

Due to the COVID-19 response, internships with the Office of Advancement have been paused until further notice.

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

Please visit our website here to learn more about our opportunities and how to apply.

Apply Through: SOLAA

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, 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 for The Office of the Chief Information Officer Internship Program 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) 633-5256

Contact Email:

Deadline: There are no deadlines; the office accepts applications throughout the year

Apply Through: SOLAA


The Digitization Program Office (DPO) is a branch of the Smithsonian’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.  DPO is tasked with increasing the quality, quantity and impact of Smithsonian digitized collections. With 155 million objects and specimens, 156 thousand cubic feet of archival materials, and 2 million library volumes (which are housed in 41 facilities, 19 museums and 9 research centers), the scale and diversity of Smithsonian collections presents a unique digitization challenge. The DPO meets the challenge by establishing metrics that track digitization progress across the Smithsonian; by running digitization pilot and production projects in our museums that enhance the understanding of how fast and cost-efficient mass digitization can be without compromising quality; by investigating cutting-edge technologies such as 3D digitization and their application to our collections and scientific research; and by investigating tools and techniques (such as robotic and conveyor belt capture to further increase productivity), and new digital platforms and technologies (such as augmented and virtual reality) that extend the impact of our digital assets for Smithsonian audiences.

The Smithsonian Digitization Program Office

General:  @smithsonianDPO

Mass Digitization: @SIxDIGI | facebook SIxDIGI

3D Digitization:  Smithsonian Digitization | 3D  @3D_Digi_SI | facebook

Internships with the DPO provide hands-on experiences that align our work with the intern’s specific interests. Internship candidates should have an interest in any of the following:  digitization assessment and planning, metrics and analysis, programming, informatics, mass digitization, 3D digitization. Familiarity with imaging technologies is particularly useful for candidates interested in mass digitization or 3D digitization.

Applicants for the OCIO’s Digitization Program Office Internship Program are reviewed by the OCIO Intern Coordinator and DPO Program Officers. Selected intern(s) are notified by the Coordinator.


There are no deadlines; the office accepts applications throughout the year.

Contact Phone: (202) 633-5256

Contact Email:

Deadline: There are no deadlines; the office accepts applications throughout the year

Apply Through: SOLAA

Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management (OCon&PPM)

The Office of Contracting & Personal Property Management (OCon&PPM) is the central acquisition management office for the Smithsonian Institution (SI). OCon&PPM provides advice and assistance to all SI units in purchasing activities including purchase cards, purchase orders, contracts for acquiring goods and services, and revenue-generating contracts. OCon&PPM solicits, drafts, negotiates, executes, and administers contracts and agreements, and provides leadership in personal property and travel management for the Institution.

You can see current OCon&PPM opportunities here.

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:

Apply Through: SOLAA

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)

Office of Finance and Accounting Internship Program

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.

Tax Accounting Internship 

A tax accounting internship with the Office of Finance and Accounting is an opportunity for students with a passion for and curiosity in taxes to gain practical skills and experience. The program offers a part-time fall/spring program in the Crystal City, Virginia office. For more information, click here.

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:

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.

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Office of Human Resources (OHR)

Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) supports the Smithsonian Institution’s (SI) 19 museums and 9 research facilities to provide value added and effective human resources programs and services, attract high quality applicants, create a culture of diversity and excellence, retain and develop a thriving workforce, and collaborate with a broad array of stakeholder to align human resources programs with the Smithsonian Institution’s strategic plan. The OHR is looking for interns in the areas of Labor and Employee Relations; Compensation, Benefits, and Wellness/Work Life; Training and Development; and Recruitment, Staffing, and Classification.

Labor and Employee Relations

The Labor and Employee Relations Branch serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of activities related to discipline, adverse actions, performance issues, workplace violence, grievances/appeals, collective bargaining contract administration and negotiation, labor relations, and other employee issues impacting the morale and productivity of the workforce.

Compensation, Benefits, and Wellness/Work Life

The Compensation, Benefits, and Wellness/Work Life Branch is responsible for policy and program development and administration of compensation, health and welfare, retirement and wellness, and work life programs for Federal and Trust employees. Additionally, the Branch is responsible for legal and statutory interpretation, program evaluation, communications and administration of compensation, group insurance/retirement, and wellness /work life programs.

Training and Development

The Training and Development branch provides advisory services to SI supervisors and managers on employee development matters; conducts special studies and assessments on SI human resource development needs and requirements; and strengthens the Institution’s workforce through its Leadership Development Programs and various training opportunities.

Recruitment, Staffing, and Classification

The Recruitment, Staffing, and Classification Branch provides recruitment, placement, and classification services; ensures fair and open competition using merit principles; and provides guidance on federal rules and regulations and Trust policies and procedures. The Branch also supports diversity initiatives by representing the SI at job fairs and professional conferences.

Office of Human Resources

The purpose of this program is to offer opportunities to students interested in the human resources field and who have a desire to support our office in its day-to-day functioning as it works with leadership, HR personnel, and employees throughout the Smithsonian Institution. Our internships provide professional development opportunities for students interested in labor and employee relations, compensation, benefits, wellness/work life, training and development, recruitment, staffing, classification, and other relevant disciplines.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop skills in data metrics, including experience creating programs for internal workload tracking
  • Acquire knowledge of the human resources records management process
  • Develop skills in performing research and gathering information for use in developing position papers and policies in HR related areas
  • Learn about the grievance and appeal process by assisting with administrative aspects of labor and employee relations case preparation
  • Increase teamwork skills by engaging with various HR staff to provide project management support for current activities
  • Increase knowledge of the human resources field by attending staff and general HR meetings
  • Receive mentoring from expert HR staff that can provide long-lasting benefits for future positions

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree seeking undergraduate/graduate students or recent graduates
  • Detailed oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills
  • An eagerness to learn and the flexibility to work in a large agency


Internships are unpaid.

How to Apply:

To apply, create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Then start an application for this internship program, which is listed as the Office of Human Resources (OHR). Follow the steps listed and be sure to upload any necessary supporting documents.

Applicants are reviewed by the OHR Intern Coordinator and branch managers. Selected interns are notified by the coordinator


There are no deadlines. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Contact Information:

Name: Kali A. Washington


Phone: (202) 633-7124

Office of International Relations (OIR)

Smithsonian Office of International Relations (OIR) Internship

You may know the Smithsonian for our museums and collections, but we’re also a global organization actively involved in researching biodiversity, conserving priceless artifacts, preserving cultural heritage, and much more. We work in more than 100 countries around the world, including China, Armenia, Kenya, Panama, and Peru, to name but a few. 

OIR serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the Institution. We advance the Smithsonian’s mission by leveraging the research, creativity, and expertise of the entire Smithsonian to push for greater reach, develop further relevance, and deliver profound impact globally. 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 is a core focus on partnership and building capacity with peers around the world.

OIR offers two distinct internship roles to support our office in its day-to-day functions. OIR internships provide professional development opportunities for individuals interested in public diplomacy, museum education, international relations, curriculum development, science communication, cultural heritage preservation, conservation science, and other relevant disciplines. The intern will serve primarily in an administrative capacity. We welcome candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds. Internships for spring 2021 will be virtual with the possibility for in-person work pending updated guidance from the Smithsonian; in-person work is not required. OIR internships include a stipend and can be taken for university/academic credit.


The two (distinct) OIR internship roles, with illustrative duties and learning objectives, are as follows:

  • Global Projects Intern:Provides project management support, conducts research, creates presentations, prepares for meetings, and more. Engages directly with OIR-led programs and develops organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural skills.
  • Communications Intern:Supports digital communications, including content research and creation, and planning, design, and analysis of social media and blog posts. Plugs into the broader Communications community across arts, culture, science, and education at the Smithsonian and exercises creative thinking.


All interns, regardless of role, are also tasked with general office support and administrative activities. Each intern will have an assigned supervisor who will provide guidance, oversight, and mentorship throughout the internship. Interns are asked to come to the role with ideas for what they hope to get out of the experience.



Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, is essential. Previous experience in an office environment is a plus, but not required. Strong candidates will have international or cross-cultural experiences or interest. An excellent command of the English language, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills, is required. Familiarity with a second language, particularly Spanish or French, is desired but not required. Candidate must also be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.


Internships run for a minimum of three months beginning in January. Internships can be part-time (24 hours per week) or full-time (32 hours per week), depending on intern availability and office needs. Virtual interns are not required to reside in the Washington, DC area; however, local interns may have the opportunity for in-person work pending safety guidance from the Smithsonian. This is not a requirement of the internship.


To Apply:

Please send a resume and personal statement addressed to Samantha Peterson at, and identify the internship role (or roles) you would like to be considered for. In your personal statement, please address why you are interested in the internship; any previous professional, educational, or personal experiences that are relevant (especially if not on your resume); and any unique qualities or perspectives you can bring to the internship. Applications must be received by October 10, 2021 to be considered.


Office of Investments (OI)

The Office of Investments (OI) manages investments and is responsible for the growth, safety, and integrity of the Institution’s financial assets.  The Chief Investment Officer provides advice to senior management and unit managers on a range of financial issues, including the investment and management of the Institution’s resources. Learn More here!

Office of Public Affairs: Social Media Internship

Office of Protection Services (OPS)

Office of Special Events & Protocol (OSEP)

OSEP is not accepting applications until further notice

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:

Term: Ten (10) weeks

Apply Through: SOLAA

OSEP is not accepting applications until further notice

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.

For more information click here

Contact Phone: (202) 633-7110

Contact Fax: (202) 633-7119

Contact Email:

Term: Variable (minimum 2 months, 10-15 hours per week)

Deadline: Open All Year

Office of the Provost (OUSMRP)

Office of  the Under Secretary for Education (OUSE)

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.

For more information about this internship click here


Office of Visitor Services (OVS)

There are currently no open internship opportunities at the Office of Visitor Services.

Smithsonian Affiliations (SA)

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to addressing global climate change and its accompanying issues of sustainability, conservation and environmental justice. Through the Earth Optimism Initiative, we gather, amplify and share stories of successes at every scale, to inspire and be copied by others. Young people are a cornerstone of this effort. The Smithsonian engages with young people to encourage and support their ideas for sustainable solutions in their own homes, schools and communities.

Through two educational projects in 2020-2021, Smithsonian Affiliations has worked with 18 Affiliate partner organizations in different cities across the United States to hear from young people about their ideas and action plans for addressing climate change wherever they live. These internships are designed for students from these partner organizations to tell and share their peers’ successes, and help the Smithsonian to understand the best ways to support teen changemakers.

Teen Filmmaking for the Environment Internship

Earth Optimism Teen Conversations Internship

*Applicants interested in either opportunity must be recommended by one of the Smithsonian Affiliates already approved to participate in the Earth Optimism projects.

Contact phone: (202) 633-5306

Contact email:

Opportunity website:

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Apply Through: SOLAA


To learn more about the Smithsonian Affiliations please click here.

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.

For more information click here!

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:

Apply Through: Website

Opportunity Website:

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]

Contact Phone: 617-496-7063

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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:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015 (5pm EST)

Stipend: $500 per week;  housing and travel to and from SAO are also subsidized.

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 Name: Dr. Henry Winter

Contact Phone: 617-495-7400

Contact Email: hwinter [at]

US with Ozone Monitoring Instrument NO2 measurements


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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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:

Smithsonian Enterprises (SE)

Smithsonian Enterprises is not accepting applications at this time.


Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)

Training Program Internship

Today, irreplaceable collections, cultural heritage sites, and cultural traditions face unprecedented hazards. To combat these risks, the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) represents a recently emerging national and international effort to ensure that cultural heritage survives natural disasters and human conflicts. Since its inception, SCRI has developed a robust compendium of training and works continuously to provide information to all cultural stewards working in the field on how to protect cultural heritage impacted by a disaster through webinars, publications, and practical on-site training.

Interns will become familiar with the roles and work within the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and will coordinate with professionals across the Smithsonian Institution, FEMA, and other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. By the conclusion of an internship with the SCRI team, the intern will have greater knowledge of what steps are involved in the design and execution of a disaster planning and response training, the reality within the museum field when responding to crises involving heritage, and also the roles that museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution, have in the field of cultural heritage preservation.

This internship is offered intermittently, and interns are taken on after each training program’s scope and needs have been identified. To find out if we are currently seeking interns, please check out our News page.

Contact email:

Apply Through: SOLAA

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:

Opportunity Website: 

Program Website:

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: 

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:

Opportunity website:

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)


To see all Smithsonian Garden (SG) internships please click here.



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:

Program Website:

Term: Varies

Deadline: None

Apply Through: SOLAA

Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC)

2012 Young Ambassadors Program

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 internships at the Smithsonian Latino Center please email:

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:

Opportunity Website:

Term: 5 weeks

Apply Through: SOLAA

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA)

Previously two separate entities, the Smithsonian Libraries and the Smithsonian Institution Archives have recently merged to become Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Smithsonian Libraries and Archives will host paid, virtual internships starting in Summer 2021.

The newly integrated internship program of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives will provide students in library, archival, information science and related disciplines a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with expert Libraries and Archives staff and other Smithsonian staff to acquire the latest skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed for today’s information and cultural heritage workplace.

The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives welcomes current or recent undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain experience in archives or museum libraries. The Libraries and Archives is dedicated to building diversity in the library, archival and information science profession. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Internships are typically eight weeks in length offered for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Part-time options, practicums and for-credit internships may be available. Opportunities vary and are based on available programs and projects.

Programs and Projects

Contact Email:

Opportunity Website:

Deadline: Project-based, see website

Apply Through: SOLAA

Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR)

Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) – offers highly competitive internships for current and recent undergraduate and graduate students. An internship provides experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies of the Smithsonian’s audiences, its programs, and its organizational effectiveness.

Interns work as collaborators with SOAR staff in data collection, analysis, and presentation of results and have opportunities to pursue topics of personal interested under the guidance of senior staff. A humanities, social science, or museology-related background (art history, sociology, psychology, management, cultural studies, humanities, education, museum studies, etc.) and some coursework in qualitative or quantitative research methods are helpful. Academic credit can be arranged.

Applicants are encouraged to review several our reports posted at for examples of the types of research and studies the office conducts. If you are interested in pursuing an internship with us, please electronically submit an application through SOLAA here. Also, please be sure to include, in your SOLAA application, a cover letter (including your proposed start dates),  your resume, and a one-to-two page essay on why you are interested in and prepared for an internship at SOAR, addressed to Claire Eckert and Paul Sturtevant.

Contact Phone: (202) 633-5593

Contact Email: and

Program Website:

Term: 10 week minimum

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:

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:

Opportunity Website:

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

Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education

The Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in honor of Douglas M. Lapp, the first Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), now named the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). Awardees of the Lapp Endowment Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of science education. Internships are available for graduate students only who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, marketing, or public relations fields.

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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. To learn more, please visit the STRI Internship Page

Smithsonian Associates (SA)

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:

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.

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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.