Office of Advancement Internships

Due to the COVID-19 response, internships with the Office of Advancement have been paused until further notice.

The Office of Advancement accepts applications on a rolling basis year-round, but we typically fill internships for the summer, fall semester and winter/spring semester.

All internships are unpaid. We are willing to work with your educational institution to provide academic credit, if requested. All internships are located in or near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, Washington, DC.

All candidates should have an interest in fundraising and a development-oriented career with a particular interest in the area selected. The ideal candidate should be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks or more, will be someone who can take initiative and work independently, and will require limited supervision. Familiarity with Excel, Word and databases is very helpful. Specific skills are required for the Communications Internship and the Online Marketing Fundraising Internship.

To Apply

The fall/spring/summer sessions run from September to December/January to May/June to August. To apply, submit an application through the Smithsonian internship online system. Once you've completed your application, Harriet Newman in the Office of Advancement will receive it and share it with the relevant team.

Internship applications are received throughout the year on a rolling basis. However, the following target dates are useful to keep in mind:

  • November 1 (Winter/Spring Internships)
  • March 1 (Summer Internships)
  • July 1 (Fall Internships)

The application requires five components to be uploaded. Instructions for completing these components are provided in the online application system:

  • Completed online application
  • Essay describing how an internship with the Office of Advancement would meet your own personal goals
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (the system allows you to generate an email request to your references, and they will be instructed on how to upload their letters directly. If you already have letters of reference, you may upload them directly.)
  • Academic transcript (non-official is acceptable)
  • Writing samples (required for the Communications Internship only)

Placement and Notification

Smithsonian internships are very competitive, and we may receive more applications than positions available. If you have a question regarding the status of your application, contact the Intern Coordinator. Please allow four to six weeks from the time we receive all components of your application for placement notification. Please note that all internships in the Office of Advancement are classified as Non-Critical, Sensitive appointments. As such, all internships 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. Form OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment, will be included with any offer letter.

Thank you for your interest in internships in the Office of Advancement, and good luck in your internship endeavors.

Questions? Please contact:

Harriet Newman
Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
MRC 527
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone: 202.633.5057

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