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

Shirley Ann Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. to parents who valued education. In particular, her father encouraged her interest in science by helping her with class projects. At Theodore Roosevelt High School, Jackson attended accelerated programs in both math and science. She graduated in 1964 as valedictorian. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from MIT and is the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate there.

In addition to being a Smithsonian Regent, Jackson is the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Time Magazine described her as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science.” Dr. Jackson, a theoretical physicist, has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. In 2016, she received the National Medal of Science, the highest honor in science and engineering, by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Robert P. Kogod was born in in Washington, D.C. He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School where he enjoyed playing football and tennis. In 1969, a friend sent him a brochure about the Richard Estes’ show at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York City.  Mr. Kogod and his wife, Arlene, visited the gallery and soon after also viewed the Henry Geldzahler retrospective “New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  These visits were the pivotal moments that began the Kogod’s life-enriching passion for learning about and collecting fine art. Mr. Kogod earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from American University.

In addition to being a Smithsonian Regent, Kogod is the President of Charles E. Smith Management, LLC. He previously served on the boards of American University, Sidwell Friends School, Federal City Council, Economic Club, Progressive Policy Institute, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center and the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve. He and his wife are involved in many philanthropic activities and are major supporters of the fine and performing arts, medical research, and healthcare, education, and are signatories of The Giving Pledge.


To honor the achievements of Shirley A. Jackson and Robert P. Kogod, influential leaders of the Smithsonian, the Office of Fellowships and Internships is accepting applications for two internships in their names. The Shirley Ann Jackson & the Robert P. Kogod Internships at the Smithsonian are opportunities to learn through hands-on training and one-on-one engagement with knowledgeable staff and professionals. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop a deep understanding of the arts and sciences in the dynamic atmosphere of the world’s largest museum complex. Interns learn from mentors in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Interns gain practical skills and program development experience in a variety of positions related to the arts and sciences. They learn from historic artifacts as well as archival materials.  In addition to these professional activities, interns attend meetings, lectures, and public programs to further enrich their learning experience.


These internships are for District of Columbia public high school students. Two internships are awarded one to a student interested in science and another to a student interested in the arts. All D.C. public high school students looking to further their academic and/or career goals in the arts or sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

How it works

These are full-time internships. Awarded students spend eight (8) weeks with their mentors in and around the Smithsonian facilities in the Washington D.C. area. Interns must conclude their eight (8) week internships by 8/31. Each intern will receive a stipend of $5,200.

How to Apply

To apply, use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA)

Application deadline: April 15

For questions and more information, please contact the Smithsonian’s Office of Internships and Fellowships at or 202-633-7070.