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Smithsonian Internship Application Deadlines

Smithsonian internships offer an incredible range of learning opportunities. Because each unit of the Smithsonian (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understands the learning opportunities it can offer best, each unit manages their own internship application process directly.

In terms of application dates, Interns at the Smithsonian arrive and depart on a rolling basis. Different units run programs on different calendar cycles – be sure to check the application dates for the programs that interest you.

Check out intern opportunities at the Smithsonian here:

Internship Opportunities

Internship Deadlines:

Please note: while this list describes many application deadlines, it is not exhaustive. Smithsonian internship programs are numerous and constantly changing!

January:

1/15 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

1/25 (yearly) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) – Summer Application Deadline

1/27/20 Youth Engagement in Science (YES!) – Summer Application Deadline

1/29/20 Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) Professional Development Project – Summer Application Deadline 

February:

2/1 (yearly) James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Minority Internship Program – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Native American Internship Awards – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly)  Office of Finance and Accounting (OF&A) Associate Internship – Summer/Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates Internships – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Gardens (SG) Internship Opportunity – Summer Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/2 (yearly) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Astronomy Summer Internship – Application Deadline

2/2 Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship – Summer Application Deadline 

2/3 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/3 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/3 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/7/20 Recovering Voices Community Research Program Internship – Spring Deadline

2/10/20 Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Analytical Studies Intern Program – Summer Application Deadline

2/10/20 Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Conservation of Art and Historic Works Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/15/20  Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education – Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) Office of Exhibits Central (SIE) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Solar Physics Summer Internship – Application Deadline

2/15 (twice/year) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) General Internship Program – Application Deadline 

2/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Summer Application Deadline

2/17 (yearly) National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

2/25 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

March:

3/1 (yearly) National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 (yearly) Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/13/20  Shirley Ann  Jackson Science Internship and Robert Kogod Arts Internship for DC Public High School Students

3/13/20 Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education – Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA) – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian DUSCIS Special Projects Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) Internship Program – Summer Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Summer Semester – Summer Application Deadline (May – Aug)

3/20 (yearly) Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center (APA) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

3/31/20 Office of Investments Internship (OI) Internship – Summer Application Deadline

April:

4/15 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

May:

No current application deadlines.

June:

6/1 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/1/ (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Fall Application Deadline

6/12 (yearly) Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center (APA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

6/15 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

TBD Smithsonian Latino Center Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program – Application Deadline Date To Be Determined

TBD Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program – Application Deadline Date To Be Determined

July:

7/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Gardens (SG) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) The Smithsonian (DUSCIS) Special Projects Internship – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Fall Application Deadline

August:

No current application deadlines.

September:

9/15 (twice/year) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) General Internship Program – Application Deadline

9/25 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Office of Communications and Marketing Internship – Spring Application Deadline

9/25 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Special Events (External Affairs) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

9/25 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Development (External Affairs) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

October:

10/1 (yearly) Archives of American Art (AAA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed due to COVID. We hope to open it back up for summer and fall 2021 (February 1 deadline)

10/1 (yearly) Diversity Awards Program – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed due to COVID. We hope to open it back up for summer and fall 2021 (February 1 deadline)

10/1 (yearly) Native American Internship Awards – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed due to COVID. We hope to open it back up for summer and fall 2021 (February 1 deadline)

10/1 (yearly) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/1 (yearly) Office of Finance and Accounting (OF&A) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) Freer Sackler Gallery (FSGA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

10/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

November:

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Internship – Spring Application Deadline

11/4 (yearly) Asian Pacific American Center Internship Program – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Office International Relations (OIR) Internship –Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) General Smithsonian Internship Pool – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Internship – Spring Application Deadline (Jan-May)

11/15 (yearly) Smithsonian DUSCIS Special Projects Internship – Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

11/15 (yearly) National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

December:

12/1 (yearly): The Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) Internship

12/1 (yearly):  Smithsonian Gardens (SG) Internship – Winter/Spring Application Deadline

12/22 (yearly): National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Marine Mammal Literature Internship Application Deadline

Rolling Basis:

Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) Internship

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Internship – Winter and Fall

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Internship

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) Internship

National Museum of African Art (NMAFA) Internship

National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Internship – (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

National Postal Museum (NPM) Internship

Smithsonian Affiliations (SA) Internship

Smithsonian Enterprises (SE) Internship

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (CHNDM) Studio in a School – ARTS Intern Program

Office of Advancement (OA) Internship

Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR) Internship

Office of International Relations (OIR) Internship

Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR)

Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Internships

Office of Public Affairs (OPA) Internships