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Michelle Knovic Smith Education Technology Internship

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. Later, as Associate Director at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, she pioneered the development of the Smithsonian’s first web-based platforms and tools that ensured that every classroom across the nation could access the wealth of resources provided digitally by Smithsonian museums. As a colleague, she was a dedicated and influential mentor who guided and encouraged multiple generations of Smithsonian educators and technologists.

The Smithsonian Women's Committee generously supports the Michelle Knovic Smith Education Technology Internship.

To be considered for this opportunity, students must be:

U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents; and
Enrolled in a community college, or four-year college or university, as a rising first year/freshman through rising college fourth year/senior; or
Enrolled in a graduate school with a concentration or research focus on museums, education, or technology.

How it works
The Office of Educational Technology (OET) each year identifies potential projects for the Michelle Knovic Smith Education Technology Internship awardee. In Summer 2023, this internship will be offered remotely, with the possibility of a hybrid experience, for eight weeks. The 2023 program dates will be 6/5 – 7/28/2023. The internship commitment is 40 hours per week, Monday–Friday.

$800/week (full-time) = $6,400; Maximum eight-week internship period.

Housing in Washington, D.C., is NOT provided. The entire internship during the summer of 2023 will be virtual and can be conducted from your home or school. Using the provided stipend, the intern may choose to visit Washington, D.C., to meet the OET team and visit the Smithsonian.

If selected, you may be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination during onboarding. Ongoing Smithsonian COVID-19 Information:

Background Investigation
All academic appointees, including interns, must undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Smithsonian’s Office of Protection Services. If you are interning remotely, you may need fingerprinting off-site (police station, campus security, commercial site).

For more information about Smithsonian Internships, please visit

How to Apply

Applications for 2023 have closed. Please check back after November 1, 2023 for information regarding 2024 program


Apply online through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System ( (SOLAA). Please carefully review the project description(s) before applying.

Once you have created an account in SOLAA, you will need to upload and complete all the required information, including:

Current resume (do not include a photo)
Statement of Purpose (length: no more than 500 words) that includes:
Academic and career goals and interests;
Internship goals (1–3 learning objectives) and how the internship relates to your academic and career goals; and
What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship in the education technology field?
Letter of recommendation (1) from a professor, mentor, or advisor submitted before the deadline.
Transcript (unofficial)

Applications will be accepted from November 15, 2022 (9:00 AM ET) until February 15, 2023 (5:00 PM ET). Complete applications are those submitted in SOLAA with supporting materials of resume, essay, one letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript. OET will interview finalist candidates via video conference. All applicants and selected candidates will be notified on or before March 15, 2023, through an email from the SOLAA system.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Darren Milligan, Acting Director, Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology,

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