General Internship Program

Opportunities for our General Internship program are posted here when available. 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. 

Applications for all projects will be collected through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (https://solaa.si.edu/). 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. 

As of July 2020, there are no open Smithsonian Libraries internship opportunities, as facilities restrict access to support the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. We are unsure when 2021 opportunities will be available but will update this page as appropriate.

Additional Information

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
  • Unofficial Academic Transcriptions from all colleges/universities attended
  • Cover letter describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at Smithsonian Libraries
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references (an automated survey will be send by the application system).

All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system: https://solaa.si.edu . Applicants should be sure to choose "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" as the unit, "Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship" as the program and then their preferred projects.

Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to Erin Clements Rushing (rushinge@si.edu).

Additional information about the Libraries internship program may be found online: http://library.si.edu/internships-and-fellowships