Smithsonian Institution Internships

Become a Smithsonian Intern!
The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. Smithsonian interns have opportunities to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, and learn from people who are experts in their fields. 

How to Apply
The Smithsonian is transitioning to an all-electronic application system for academic appointments. As of November 3, 2008 some programs now accept electronic applications. Check the appropriate website for details. If you have any questions, please contact SOLAA Program Help at Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to visit the specific program website for detailed information and application requirements.

Thing of importance:

  • The website direct to the Office of Fellowships and Internships:
  • Item’s needed along with the application:
    • essay, transcript,
    • letters of references (2),
    • resume


Minority Internships

The Office of Fellowships offers a number of opportunities to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. Stipend awards are available for interns through the Minority Student Awards Program to participate in supervised on-going research, or museum-related activities for periods of ten weeks. Minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply. Students should contact the Office of Fellowships for application information.

Term: 10 weeks

Deadlines for online application:

February 1 for Summer (starting June 1) or for Fall (starting October 1) and
October 1 for Spring (starting February 1)

Stipend: $550 per week