Skip to main content

Benjamin Lawless Internship

Application opens: January 4
Deadline to apply: March 15 at 11:59PM (ET) 
Award notification: April 15
Number of Weeks:
Tenure Dates: Exact tenure dates for this summer internship will be worked out with the mentor. The internship can start as early as June and needs to conclude by 8/25.  

Stipend Amount: $3,200 ($400/week)

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  rising senior high school students to learn about audience engagement, exhibition design, and research stories associated with objects of all kinds and the people who used and created them.

Benjamin Lawless interns l develop creativity and imagination by finding new ways to tell stories inspired by the Smithsonian’s collections and research. An Intern engages in this guided learning experience at least 36  hours a week Monday-Friday. 

How to Apply

Use the SOLAA System to Apply Online: 
•    Register for SOLAA
•    Select “Internship”
•    Select “Office of Academic Appointments and Internships”
•    Select “Benjamin Lawless Internship”
•    Apply for the year you want to intern
As part of this application, you will be asked to submit the following:

Prepare a two-to-four page essay addressing the following points: 
1) Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship 
2) What you hope to learn  through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals 
3) What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship.

Your resume

Two letters of recommendation (from individuals who are not related to you)

  • Names and email addresses of two academic references
  • All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
  • Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web
  • Have the reference submit in sufficient time to meet the application deadline

School transcript (unofficial is OK) Note: the selection committee for this internship is not looking for high GPAs. They want to see what subjects applicants excel in to better select the best internship placement site/experience for the selected candidate.

The Smithsonian is committed to ensuring that all employees and affiliated persons (including interns) are treated equitably in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status or marital status. All personnel practices, including the selection of interns, must comply with this policy.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Start Date
End Date
Washington, DC
Back to Top