The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.
This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution's many museums, research institutes and offices.
Internships and Visiting Student appointments are full-time (40 hours per week), for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring. Stipends are $550 per week, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases and a small research allowance for Visiting Students.
February 1 (for Summer and Fall)
October 1 (for Spring)
|Smithsonian fields of research include:
Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including
an emphasis on the tropics
Anthropology, including archaeology,
Astrophysics and astronomy
Earth sciences and paleobiology
Evolutionary and systematic biology
History of science and technology
History of art, especially American, contemporary, African,
and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative
Social and cultural history of the United States
Applicants should be currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate
study, and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or its equivalent generally is
The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student's
academic and career goals will be an important part of the evaluation
of an applicant. Most successful candidates are students of the disciplines
in which the Smithsonian conducts research (listed above).
Applicants should note that it is not possible for the Office of Fellowships
to arrange an internship project or award a stipend to all qualified