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Summer Undergraduate Internship at the National Museum of Asian Art

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. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities.

This internship will be virtual with few exceptions to be notified at the time of acceptance.

$6,800 (includes stipend for living costs)

Paid, Full-time (40 hrs/week)
June 20 – August 12, 2022

How to Apply

To begin the application process, you must create an account through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments external application portal (SOLAA):

After entering SOLAA, follow the instructions on the left-hand navigation bar and select the “National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)” from the drop-down menu. Then select the “Summer Undergraduate Internship at the National Museum of Asian Art” program listing.  

Only completed applications submitted through SOLAA will be considered. Application materials must include: (1) Cover letter (no more than two pages) describing your educational background, interest in our program and current academic and career learning goals (2) Current resume; and (3) two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your skills or knowledge related to this internship opportunity. Professional references are preferred. (4) Unofficial transcripts are encouraged, however, not required. In addition, applicants must answer brief application questions at the end of online application.

Application deadline: February 22, 2022

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