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Access to Opportunities

Smithsonian Intership for People with Disabilities

The Smithsonian, in partnership with the HSC Foundation, introduces an internship program specifically designed for people with disabilities. The first of its kind at the Smithsonian, the program seeks to empower participants’ sense of independence and enhance their quality of life as they look towards their futures with optimism. Exposure to the real world of work, research, and academics within the supportive and engaging environment that is the Smithsonian will provide interns with the ability and confidence to transfer the skills they developed in the classroom to the world of work.

Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to:

  • The program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents)
  • For college students, declared academic major, concentration, or discipline related to the internship (i.e. someone applying for a history internship, must be a history major, etc.)
  • Enrolled as a high school student or an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution
  • Students in post High School programs
  • Applicants whose professional learning can be enhanced by an internship at the Smithsonian.

  • Application Materials

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Academic essay: 2 pages describing how academic goals, qualifications, and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian
  • Academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. For high school students, high school transcripts are required.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from professors, teachers, transition counselors, job coach or other service provider with relevant knowledge; if preferred, a reference can e-mail the letter directly to All letters are kept confidential. Applicants are not permitted to access to letters.

  • Mailing address for documents that are unable to be uploaded:

    Smithsonian Institution
    Accessibility Program
    Attn:"Access to Opportunities" Internship Program
    MRC 607
    PO BOX 37012
    Washington, DC 20013-7012


    Up to $4,000 per intern for 640 hours (pro-rated based upon hours) is awarded for college and graduate student as a stipend.

    $1,500 will be awarded per high school student. This stipend is to defray living expenses during an appointment. Stipend payments are distributed through a direct deposit via the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships.

    Application Deadline

    Rolling deadline