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. Applications are open until July 31st, 2018 or until filled.

Educational Programs (Storytime)

Location: National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Libraries Education Department is looking for a fall intern to further develop our family resources. Lead project will be building resources for Storytime program focused around our new exhibit. In addition, intern will assist with all teen and youth programming. Position is paid, part-time, with flexible work hours. While the schedule is flexible, an intern in this position should be able to commit to at least 200 hours during the fall semester. The total stipend is $3,000 for the semester. Through this experience, an intern can expect to develop and grow original educational content, gain project management skills and strengthen knowledge of museum and library collections.

Ideal candidates for this position are Masters candidates in good standing in the following fields: Library Science, Education, Museum Education, Art History, History. Though all with applicable experience are welcome.

Educational Programs (Teen)

Location: National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Libraries Education Department is looking for a fall intern to assist in developing original teen program "Book Club". Student will research Smithsonian Libraries collection and build resources inspired by popular YA Novels. Example: Natural History botanic illustrations from 1700s to serve as a potions ingredients from Harry Potter. These collections will be shared at teen nights, themed to discuss the book/series and explore Libraries collections.  Position is paid, part-time, with flexible work hours, but must be completed during M-F 9am-5pm. Two interns will be selected, each with an anticipated schedule of eight hours per week for 15 weeks. The stipend rate is $100 per week. Through this internship, an intern can expect to develop and grow original educational content, gain research skills and strengthen knowledge of museum and library collections.

The ideal candidate would be a high school student in good standing.

Biodiversity Heritage Library Digital Content (VIRTUAL)

Location: Remote. Intern should have own computer and internet access, as well as video conferencing capability.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the world's largest open access digital library of natural history literature ( The BHL Digital Content Intern will work closely with the Digital Collections Manager to contribute digitized books and metadata to the BHL collection. Interns will learn various digitization workflow tools to track collection management and curation activities, enhance metadata, and process digital files for inclusion. Routine activities will include identifying key gaps in BHL's collection, preparing digital books and catalog records for upload, adding descriptive item and page level metadata, ensuring copyright compliance and documenting workflow tasks.

Ideal candidates will possess great attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to communicate proactively and work independently. Preference given to students with metadata or cataloging experience. Students enthusiastic to learn about collection management and curation in digital libraries are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.