Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Internship
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. They will have the opportunity to learn more about the museum industry by participating in the development of upcoming APA exhibitions, education materials, and public programs. Work is performed directly under a supervisor who will encourage the intern to analyze and reflect on the work at hand and to relate it to his or her academic, professional, and personal goals. Internships are designed to increase the educational and professional skills of undergraduate and graduate students, and other individuals contemplating a career in the professions, academic disciplines, and administrative functions represented at the Smithsonian. The duration of an internship may range from 10-15 weeks depending on academic quarter systems or semesters. An internship usually involves a schedule of 20-40 hours per week. However, it may be structured for any number of hours that are mutually agreeable to both the intern and the APAC. Applicants will be chosen based on their scholarly qualifications, experience working with APA communities, personal career goals, and the quality of a proposed research project and its suitability to the APAC’s missions and goals. Applicants are generally current college students, recent college graduates (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Most interns are at the junior or senior undergraduate level, though strongly qualified freshman and sophomores will be considered. Because of the Smithsonian’s world-class scholars, libraries, and research facilities, graduate students and pre-doctoral students are highly encouraged to apply. Internship are unavailable to high school students.