Office of Advancement Internships

The Office of Advancement (OA) oversees and guides the fundraising efforts of the entire Smithsonian and is home to the central development organization for the Institution. In addition to raising funds for a variety of Smithsonian initiatives, the Office of Advancement provides support services to advancement offices across the Institution. OA engages with staff throughout the Smithsonian in accomplishing their goals.

The Office of Advancement is pleased to offer internship opportunities for candidates interested in fundraising and development-oriented careers. Through these internships the Office of Advancement seeks to:

  • Provide interns with meaningful professional learning experiences.
  • Ensure interns supportive opportunities for growth and inclusive access to the advancement field through mentorship.

How To Apply

To apply for an internship in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Advancement, you will need to register for an account with and submit an application through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments System (SOLAA). In SOLAA, select the Office of Advancement Internship Program and then choose the specific internship project to which you wish to apply. Follow the application instructions in SOLAA.

The Office of Advancement is focused on ensuring that diversity and inclusion is a part of our culture and everyday work. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Information about internship formats, schedules, and stipends is included in each project description. Applications will be accepted from recent graduates of high school or college (up to 2 years post-graduation), undergraduates (2 or 4-year program), graduate students, career changers with less than two years of advancement experience, and those looking to re-enter the professional workforce.

Please note that all internships in the Office of Advancement are classified as Non-Critical, Sensitive appointments. As such, all interns are subject to a background check. When an offer letter is issued, the offer is tentative until the background check has been completed with a successful result. Additionally, interns may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized (or, for international interns, a WHO-recommended) vaccine or have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements.

Questions? Please contact:

Harriet Newman

Open Internships with the Office of Advancement

Thank you for your interest in internships with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Advancement. The Office of Advancement Internship Program currently runs only during the summer internship term. Please check back in early 2024 for summer internship opportunities.

Open Internship Opportunities Across Smithsonian

Visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and choose the unit that interests you to find out if there are any open positions.