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.
Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Emerson Collective, Smithsonian Institution, and its Smithsonian Affiliates offers the Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are committed to helping communities, are passionate about social justice, and are driven to accelerate positive impact in our world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.