Fellowships and Internships

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Hundreds of graduate students and holders of doctorates come to the Smithsonian to do independent research under the guidance of a member of our world-class research staff. Fellows have the opportunity to study and work intensively with Smithsonian collections and experts in their fields and beyond. In addition, more than 1,500 students pursue internships offered across the organization. 



The Smithsonian offers a world of research opportunities for graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students, as well as for visiting professionals, students, scientists, or scholars conducting independent research. The Office of Fellowships can guide you through the process.

interns in the garden looking at plants at the Smithsonian Castle, Washington D.C.


Internships at the Smithsonian Institution are as varied as the museums and research centers themselves. From Art History to Zoology, exhibit building to investments, Smithsonian Internships provide workplace-based learning experiences for a wide range of educational and career paths.

View of Joseph Henry statue in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

SORS Guide

The Smithsonian Opportunities for Study and Research (SORS) Guide can help you see the scope of possibilities for advisors and research topics in your field of study. The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its research staff, collections, and reference materials by visiting scholars, scientists, and students.