Smithsonian Affiliations offers internships focused on national outreach based on availability and current activities of the staff. Projects vary in focus and intensity and range from short-term, part-time appointments to full-time summer-long commitments. Working side-by-side with the Affiliations staff, interns develop specialized skills in national conference planning, membership management, fundraising, public relations, programmatic marketing, web management, and new media strategy. In addition, interns will develop professional networking skills while working collaboratively among the various Smithsonian museums and units to learn how to develop educational programming and coordinate object loans for Affiliates across the country.
This is not a paid internship opportunity.
Please apply using the Smithsonian online application system https://solaa.si.edu. Once registered and logged in you will need to complete the requested information.
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
470 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 7400
Washington, D.C. 20024
Final selections are based upon the strengths of the applicant. An applicant's academic performance should be above average, application materials should be neat, legible and free of spelling or grammatical errors. Candidates will be interviewed and may be required to successfully pass a background investigation and be fingerprinted.
Smithsonian Affiliations requires each intern to submit one written report at the end of the internship:
This project report is the intern's opportunity to summarize and assess his/her experience while at the Smithsonian, as well as to characterize how s/he intends to apply the new knowledge and experienced gained.
Smithsonian Affiliations Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Upon their arrival, interns receive an orientation to the Smithsonian. Throughout an intern's stay, there are several events and opportunities organized through the Smithsonian. Past activities have included brown bag lunches, behind-the-scenes tours, an ice cream social, seminars with Smithsonian staff, and after-work activities. Please join the Smithsonian Interns Facebook page for more details regarding extra-curricular activities.
The Smithsonian does not provide housing for interns, nor is there a specific housing office at the Smithsonian. As such, interns are responsible for their own living arrangements during their time at the Smithsonian, and most rent apartments or live with friends or family in the area. Many interns additionally find temporary housing on Washington D.C.'s college campuses, youth hostels or commercial housing.
Any questions regarding application procedures may be directed to Elizabeth Bugbee at Smithsonian Affiliations by sending an e-mail to BugbeeE@si.edu.