Minority Awards Programs FAQ

 

Is housing provided?
Do I need to send official transcripts?
Can my references email or fax their letters of references?
Can my references be from Smithsonian Institution employees?
Can my references be from form intern supervisors or from job supervisors?
When and how will I know if I am selected?
What if I need to make a decision on another program I have applied for before I hear from the Smithsonian?
What projects are available?
How can I make a strong application?

What's a preferred unit placement as noted on the application?
Where do I access the application?
Where can I call to speak to someone about the program?
I am having technical difficulty with SOLAA (such as not able to login, forgotten my password or user id or not able to upload materials) who do I contact??

Is housing provided?

Housing is not provided however, we do provide information to help you obtain housing if interning in the Washington DC area. Most colleges and universities in DC have dorm space available as well as there are many other housing options particularly in the summer. For interns located at some of our remote sites dorms may be available.

Do I need to send official transcripts?

No, unofficial transcripts are fine.

Can my references email or fax their letters of references?

The preference is for references to submit through the SOLAA system but if they are unable to do so then yes, they may email them to veenbaasp@si.edu or fax to 202-633-7069.

Can my references be from Smithsonian Institution employees?

No, your references must be from individual outside the Institution.

Can my references be from former intern supervisors or from job supervisors?

You should have two letters of recommendation from your professors however, you may include additional letter if you wish.

When and how will I know if I am selected?

Applicants will receive notification through the SOLAA system. Please login to check your status. We try to have decision completed by mid/end of April for summer and fall.

What if I need to make a decision on another program I have applied for before I hear from the Smithsonian?

If you are making decision on other offers and have not heard from our office please feel free to ccontact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas, Program Manager at 202-633-7070 to see if we have any information on your status.

What projects are available?

Projects are not typically determined in advance but are created as part of the review process

How can I make a strong application?

Be as specific about your academic and career goals as you can.

What's a preferred unit placement at noted on the application?

This is not reequired but if you have one or more museums, departments, reserach institutes or offices that you would prefer to intern with please list them in response to this question.

Where do I access the application?

https://solaa.si.edu

Internship applicants should select Internships
Visiting Student and Community Scholar applicants should select Fellowship/Other Academic Appt

Information to assist with the application can be found at www.si.edu/research+study including “Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study.”

Where can I call to speak to someone about the program?

Office of Fellowships at 202-633-7070.

I am having technical difficulty with SOLAA (such as not able to login, forgotten my password or user id or not able to upload materials) who do I contact?

Please email OCIOHelpDesk@si.edu for technical help, provide your name, email address and phone number.