General Internship Program

2018 Fall General Internship Opportunities

Below are a list of projects currently available for the Fall 2018 General Internship Program. Although most are part-time and in the DC area, please note the specific hours and geographic location for each. While most are unpaid learning experiences, we are happy to work with a student’s college or university to help them obtain credit. Please note that the Education projects do carry a stipend.  

Applications for all projects will be collected through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System ( Be sure to select "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" as the unit and "Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship Program" as the program. You may then select the applicable projects.  Applications should include an essay detailing your academic and career goals and what you hope to learn through this internship, as well as a resume, academic transcripts and two references. 

**Most of our Fall 2018 Internship projects have closed, however we are still accepting applications for our Science Researcher Services project until filled.**

Science Researcher Services

Location: National Museum of Natural History Library with opportunity for virtual/telework

The Natural & Physical Sciences Department of the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) is seeking an intern to aid the department in the creation of a virtual version of its weekly in-person orientations. While in-person instruction sessions are convenient for some of the Smithsonian Institution's (SI) staff, interns, volunteers, etc., the majority of people are not able to attend these sessions because of the geographically dispersed nature of everyone's workplaces. In partnership with the Science Researcher Services Librarian, the intern for this project will translate the in-person sessions into an online experience that serves the diverse SI community.

An internship of this nature provides the intern with an opportunity to learn about SI and SIL generally, and about the science libraries with more depth. The project will model and provide experience with the steps from exploration through implementation and testing of developing online pedagogical content for a diverse group of users.

The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of distance education technology, techniques and methods, and experience with developing short instructional videos that utilize screen capture techniques.