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Below is a list of all internship opportunities at the Smithsonian. Please use the search box  to search for internships by keyword or topic. Use the drop-down menu to see opportunities for individual units or museums.

Central Smithsonian Wide Internships

Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship

Central Smithsonian Wide Internships

2022 Timeline

Application opens: January 10

Deadline for applications: CLOSED

Benjamin Lawless Internship

Central Smithsonian Wide Internships

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.

Location
Washington, DC

Robert P. Kogod Arts Internship

Central Smithsonian Wide Internships

To honor the achievements of DC Public high school graduate and Smithsonian Regent, Robert P. Kogod, the Smithsonian is accepting applications for an internship program named in his honor.  This internship is for District of Columbia public high school students entering their junior or senior year or finishing their senior year. The internship 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.

Location
Washington, DC

The Shirley Ann Jackson Science Internship

Central Smithsonian Wide Internships

To honor the achievements of DC Public high school graduate and Smithsonian Regent, Shirley Ann Jackson, the Smithsonian is accepting applications for an internship program named in her honor.  This internship is for District of Columbia public high school students entering their junior or senior year or finishing their senior year. The internship is awarded to a student interested in science. Awarded students spend eight (8) weeks with their mentors in and around the Smithsonian facilities in the Washington DC area.

Location
Washington, DC

Archives of American Art

Internships at the Archives of American Art

Archives of American Art

The Archives of American Art offers 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.

Asian Pacific American Center

Internships at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Asian Pacific American Center

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) believes that a great 21st-century museum is more than a building. We must engage communities in surprising and innovative ways, transcending boundaries and barriers. We are a migratory museum that brings Asian Pacific American history, art, and culture to you through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the United States.

Location
Virtual

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Internships

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers internships year-round in various fields, including folklore, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, linguistics, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and web design, videography, marketing, social media, and library science.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Peter A. Krueger Internships at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate 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.

Location
Virtual

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Robert Frederick Smith Internships

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program seeks to reverse the trend of underrepresentation of African Americans and other minorities in museum professions through well-paid internships at NMAAHC as well as at select cultural institutions across the country.

Summer 2022 Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer undergraduate and graduate 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! Summer 2022 opportunities include:

National Museum of American History

NMAH Internship Program

National Museum of American History

Are you interested in US history? Do you want to learn 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 folks who are excited to engage in professional learning experiences!

National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

Cheng-Harrell Graduate Internship

National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA), invites applications for the new Cheng-Harrell Graduate Internship program. This academic year, part-time (20 hrs/wk) paid opportunity is designed to foster interest and deliver training in museum work for five graduate students annually who may not otherwise have the resources to pursue a career in this professional sector.

Location
Washington, DC

Summer Undergraduate Internship at the National Museum of Asian Art

National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA), invites applications for a full-time (40 hrs/wk) paid opportunity designed for students with little to no previous museum experience. The program introduces interns to museum work as they concentrate on one assigned department compatible with their interests or career goals. Specific departments will be determined at the time of selection. See the function areas below for potential placements. NMAA's internship program seeks talented individuals of all backgrounds.

Location
Virtual

National Museum of Natural History

Arctic Studies Center Annual Newsletter

National Museum of Natural History

LOCATION:  Virtual

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

Location
Virtual

Cellphone Exhibit Program Design Internship

National Museum of Natural History

Join a dynamic team of museum educators to design and deliver education programming for an exciting new exhibition: Cellphone: Unseen Connections. The Office of Education and Outreach at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) seeks two Cellphone Exhibit Program Design interns to assist the lead exhibit educator in the design, testing, and implementation of in person, digital and hybrid programs that support the exhibit.

Function
Education, Exhibits

Fall 2022 - Our Places: Connecting People in Nature

National Museum of Natural History

Join a dynamic and diversely skilled team working on a new exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) called Our Places: Connecting People & Nature. Our Places is a collaborative effort between the Office of Exhibits and the Office of Education, Outreach, and Visitor Experience at NMNH to design an exhibition to create change. Nature is all around us every day. We form connections to the natural world through the places we live, work, study, and visit. People find themselves, community, and inspiration in nature.

Fly Collection Internship

National Museum of Natural History

Insects are incredibly diverse and play an important role in biodiversity. There are more than 159,000 species of true flies (Diptera, mosquitoes, gnats, horse flies, house flies, fruit flies, etc.) known to the scientific community today. Fly species play an important role in their natural environments and are a driving force of biodiversity wherever they occur. Many species are important to humans as plant pests, vectors of disease, or pollinators.

Location
Washington, DC

Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE)

National Museum of Natural History

NHRE is a 10-week summer internship program for non-senior undergraduates hosted at the NMNH in Washington DC. The NMNH is a global leader in the field of Natural History, with world-class research staff and unparalleled scientific research collections. NHRE interns work closely with scientific mentors to complete independent research projects in Earth Science, Biology, and Anthropology, and present their findings to museum staff and public.

Location
Washington, DC

Science Writing Internship

National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a science writing intern interested in gaining
experience in an active communications and public affairs office. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your
professional portfolio and learn how to present science and natural history stories to the public in relevant and
engaging ways.

Due to COVID-19, this internship may be virtual. The intern will primarily produce content on a variety of scientific
topics for the museum’s blog, Smithsonian Voices.

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Teen Internship

National Museum of Natural History

The Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) internship is a career immersion and science communication program for youth between the ages of 14-19, who are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-11) in the Washington D.C. region. The YES! program provides youth from populations that are traditionally or historically underrepresented in science an opportunity to engage in an immersive, hands-on internship with Smithsonian science staff.

Location
Washington, DC

National Museum of the American Indian

Internships at the National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers internships during the Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer terms at the museum in Washington, D.C.; at the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, MD; and at the museum (George Gustav Heye Center) in New York City. The NMAI internship program provides educational opportunities focusing on cultural transmission; professional development; meaningful departmental projects; and networking with museum professionals.

Pre-program Conservation Internship at the National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

Six-month pre-program internship designed for qualified individuals preparing to apply to a graduate-level training program in cultural heritage conservation. Pre-program interns carry out supervised documentation, examination and treatment of collections items requested for NMAI exhibits or out-going loans. An understanding of current conservation approaches to Native American/Indigenous cultural heritage materials is developed during the six-month tenure.

Location
Maryland; Hybrid

National Museum of the American Latino

Young Ambassadors Program

National Museum of the American Latino

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national college preparatory and leadership program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of community-conscious Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. Selected applicants will participate in a weeklong pre-professional and pre-collegiate seminar in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian focusing on Latino perspectives with peers from all over the nation.

National Portrait Gallery

Internships at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Are you seeking a creative and exciting museum internship? The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery offers formal internships to qualified applicants. A Smithsonian internship is a prearranged, structured learning experience that takes place during the fall, spring, or summer semester. The experience should be relevant both to the intern's academic and professional goals and to the professional disciplines represented at the Portrait Gallery.

National Postal Museum

Education and Visitor Services Internships at the National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum looks at American history through the unique lens of mail and communication, adding new and unexpected insights to those stories. This project based internship takes place within the joint Education and Visitor Services department, which interprets and makes accessible our museum content and works to improve the visitor experience in a variety of ways. The projects can vary widely each season, but follow that same core values of interpreting content and connecting it to museum visitors, online and in person.

National Zoo

Internships at the National Zoo

National Zoo

The National Zoo offers a variety of internship opportunities from animal care, veterinary medicine, IT, communications, animal enrichment, animal behavior, conservation, GIS One Health, nutrition, genetics, and more.   We have opportunities at the Zoo in Washington, DC and our Conservation Biology Center in Front Royal, Virginia as well as Hawaii. 

Invertebrate Zoology Collections and Research Material Management

National Zoo

The Invertebrate Zoology Department at the National Museum of Natural History has over 50 million specimens, many of them requiring frequent curatorial updates. Interns will assist in topping off fluid-preserved specimens, replacing outdated archival jars, stabilizing large batches of new incoming material, and much more. This internship program will provide students with the opportunity to get plenty of hands-on experience with research specimens and gain insight into how research specimens are stored and cared for.

Office of Advancement

Office of Advancement Internship Program

Office of Advancement

The Office of Advancement is pleased to offer internship opportunities for candidates interested in fundraising and development-oriented careers. Through these internships the Office of Advancement seeks to: - Provide interns with meaningful professional learning experiences. - Ensure interns supportive opportunities for growth and inclusive access to the advancement field through mentorship.

Office of Educational Technology

Internships at the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology

Office of Educational Technology

Interning at the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology 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 the office communication team, working to deepen, enrich, personalize, and promote learning by encouraging and supporting the creative use of museum resources through research and collaboration with education partners.

Michelle Knovic Smith Education Technology Internship

Office of Educational Technology

Michelle Knovic Smith (1950–2021), as an educator, mentor, and leader, in her more than three decades at the Smithsonian, pioneered innovative and effective approaches to the Smithsonian's mission of the “diffusion of knowledge.” First, as Publication’s Director for the Institution’s teacher magazines, Art to Zoo and Smithsonian in Your Classroom, Michelle developed publications and distribution strategies that reached every school in the country.

Office of General Counsel

Smithsonian Office of General Counsel Internship

Office of General Counsel

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; a

Location
Virtual

Office of Government Relations

A History of Women in the United States Congress

Office of Government Relations

A History of Women in the United States Congress is an 8-week summer internship program hosted at the Smithsonian Office of Government Relations in Washington DC. Funded by the American Women’s History Initiative Collaboration and Community Fund, this internship is open to non-senior undergraduates, who have a strong interest in women’s history, politics and who have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

Location
Washington, DC

Office of International Relations

Office of International Relations Internship

Office of International Relations

You may know the Smithsonian for our museums and collections, but we’re also a global organization, actively working in more than 100 countries around the world, including Brazil, Morocco, Iraq, Kenya, Panama, and Peru, to name but a few.

Office of Investments

Smithsonian Office of Investments

Office of Investments

The 2022 Office of Investments Internship Program will be 6-weeks, full-time, and will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person based at our Washington, DC office.  Due to Covid restrictions and the uncertainty of staff returning to on-site employment, the final determination of in office will be determined nearer the date; however, the Smithsonian follows the federal guidelines and may require staff and interns to show proof of vaccination.

Office of Protection Services

Office of Public Affairs

Public Affairs Internship

Office of Public Affairs

This internship is in the Smithsonian’s central Office of Public Affairs. It provides hands-on experience in area of public relations. Regular responsibilities include conducting research, creative and strategic planning for communications plans and media relations.

Office of Sponsored Projects

Administrative and Financial Internships on Grants and Contract Management

Office of Sponsored Projects

Interns with the Office of Sponsored Projects are unpaid internships. Interns participate in projects that directly or indirectly help Smithsonian research, curatorial, and educational staffs prepare proposals and administer grants and contracts. Emphasis is placed on developing special short and long-term projects that will be beneficial and of mutual interest to both the office and the intern.

Office of the Chief Information Officer

OCIO’s Digitization Program Office Internship Program

Office of the Chief Information Officer

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 Office of the Chief Information Officer Internship Program

Office of the Chief Information Officer

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.

Function
Computer & IT

Office of the Under Secretary for Education

The Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education

Office of the Under Secretary for 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 college students, including under-served youth.

Function
Education
Location
Virtual

Smithsonian Affiliations

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Internships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum has two internship programs: 1.) The Advanced Level Program:  a two-semester (fall/spring) museum operations program for graduate students, exceptional college seniors and individuals with a four-year college degree, with previous museum or art institution experience. All participants receive stipends.

Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative

Because of Her Story Cohort Internship Program

Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative

As part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI), the Smithsonian will virtually host a cohort of up to 15 Because of Her Story (BOHS) undergraduate or recently graduated interns June 13 - August 5,2022. This cohort intern program is in its third year and is offered to all Smithsonian units.

Location
Virtual

Smithsonian Associates

Social Media Internship at Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Associates

Interns with Smithsonian Associates are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the world's great cultural institutions. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the Institution and complement the intern's own interests, skills, and experience.

Special Events and Adult Education Programming Internship at Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Associates

Interns with Smithsonian Associates are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the world's great cultural institutions. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the Institution and complement the intern's own interests, skills, and experience.

Intern Duties: Promotional and programmatic support for the large scale public events, with a special focus on after-hours, Smithsonian-wide programs for young professionals.

Youth and Family Programs Summer Internship at Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Associates

Interns with Smithsonian Associates are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the world's great cultural institutions. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the Institution and complement the intern's own interests, skills, and experience.

This internship offers the unique opportunity to immerse in all the Summer children’s’ program offered by Associates. Looking for a team of interns both on in person and virtual. Duties will vary based on location.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Internship Opportunities at SERC

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

REU Summer Internships at SERC

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on global change ecology. These internships are available as remote or in-person opportunities at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center located in Edgewater, MD (10 miles south of Annapolis).

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

Internships at Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives welcomes current or recent undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain experience in archives, museum libraries, or related fields. Internships are typically eight weeks in length, often hosted during the summer. Part-time options, practicums and for-credit internships may be available. Opportunities vary and are based on available programs and projects. 

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

STRI Internship Program

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Competitive program funded by the Smithsonian and generous donors open to all nationalities.
The purpose of the STRI General Internship Program is to provide a place for internship applicants who are generally interested in STRI’s science to pursue a research experience with one of our scientific mentors based on their interests. Interns are selected based on merit and potential for achievement.
 

Location
Virtual; Panama; Hybrid

STRI-SENACYT Internship Program

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Panama’s science and technology secretariat (SENACYT) provides internships to Panamanian students at local universities (undergraduates, recent graduates, and Master's students) so they can work alongside STRI scientists.

This program is designed to enhance intellectual development and give students real world experience working alongside professionals here at STRI.

Location
Virtual; Panama; Hybrid

COVID - 19 Information

The Smithsonian Institution may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. More information can be found on our COVID-19 Information Page.

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