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 ( 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 now open for Summer 2020. Application deadline is March 13th, 2020. 

Prospect Discovery & Donor Stewardship Program Development 
Location: Advancement Department, Washington, DC 

Advancement seeks intern to provide support in donor stewardship, particularly following June 2020's Adopt-a-Book event. Intern will have the opportunity to draft donor correspondence, create innovative and creative donor stewardship pieces and programs, and learn about fundraising and stewardship as a field, an ever-growing and important area of library and museum work.  

 The intern will also work to develop a prospect discovery program to help Advancement identify prospective donors for upcoming exhibitions, special Libraries’ programs, and general support. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about the process of writing and creating funding proposals.  

The intern will work closely with all members of the Libraries’ Advancement team and have the opportunity to build relationships within the Director's Office as a whole and across the Smithsonian Libraries. 

Understanding and participating in fundraising has become more important for librarians and museum professionals across the board, especially those interested in special collections and administration. This internship will give insight into the fundraising operations for the largest museum library system in the world. 

This opportunity would be ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student with excellent oral and written communication skills. Interest in research and creative thinking a must. Moderate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft products, especially Excel and Power Point, and graphic design. Preference for individuals with fundraising experience working with donors, board members, or friends’ groups. 

Location: Education Department, Washington, DC 

The Smithsonian Libraries' Education Department is seeking an intern for full-time 6 weeks or part-time for up to 12 weeks. The intern will assist in the creation of an interactive game-based classroom resource, Traveling Trunks. Through this internship, the candidate will learn how to: Select Libraries’ images that explore and represent the next Traveling Trunk content; Select Smithsonian Institution 3D objects that complement Libraries’ images; Assist in authoring game content for classrooms that use visual, tactile, and audio elements; And differentiate this Traveling Trunk for grades Prek-12. 

Through this internship, the student will gain hands-on practical experience in library and museum education fields. In addition, they will have the opportunity to develop and grow original educational content, apply understanding of gaming and/or educational practices to Traveling Trunks and strengthen knowledge of museum and library collections. 

The ideal applicant would be Masters candidate in Game Design, Museum Education, Education, or History with solid research skills and demonstrated interest in creating educational materials for libraries, museums or archives. 

World of Maps
Details on project description page.  

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: . 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 (

Additional information about the Libraries internship program may be found online: