Smithsonian Institution Internship Profile
- “I could not have had better supervisors to teach me and support me.”
- “The program was well structured and the access to so many researchers seems unparalleled.”
- “The social aspect was fantastic.”
- Responding interns were most drawn to this internship program because of its relevancy to their academic concentrations.
Industries: Education, Government, Graphic Arts and Design, Internet and New Media, Nonprofit, Public Relations, Museums and Art Preservation, Library Sciences, Environmental Services
Locations: Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Edgewater, MD; Front Royal, VA
Number of Interns: 101 +, More than 900
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid, Varies, Seminars; Speaker Series
Length: n/a, Varies
Responsibilities: Accounting, Arts and Design, Human Resources, Internet, Public Relations, Research
The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 when British scientist James Smithson bequeathed his estate to the United States to create “an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Since then, millions have visited the Smithsonian, which is now the largest museum and research institution in the world. The Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries, which feature invaluable exhibits on American history, natural history, the fine arts, and more. The Institution is also home to multiple research programs and nine research centers, including the Archives of American Art, Environmental Research Center, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
An internship at the Smithsonian Institution is a structured learning experience focused on the individual intern’s academic and professional goals. The Smithsonian offers approximately 60 different internship programs in areas such as art, history and culture, preservation, professional services, and scientific research, among others Interns are supervised directly by Smithsonian staff.
See website for application requirements for your program of interest.
Open to high school, undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students, as well as recent graduates and mid-career applicants. Must be at least 16 years old to apply. Non-US citizens are eligible. 16 yo;