Professional Development Internships

The Professional Development internship program will not be offered for Summer 2020. Please see our 50th Anniversary Internships and Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internships.

Paid internship opportunities at the Smithsonian Libraries are designed for current graduate students in library or information science or related fields (depending on the project) who are interested in working in research and/or museum libraries. Solid research, analytical, computer and writing skills are desired. The number of selected interns may vary, depending on funding and available projects. 

Additional Professional Development Internship Information:

Eligibility Criteria
This paid internship program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in an advanced (masters) library degree or related program, depending on project, from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or those who have graduated in the past six months.

Application Materials
1) Application
2) Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
3) Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all college/universities attended
4) Academic Essay: Two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian Libraries
5) Two letters of professional or academic recommendation (e.g., professors, past employers, supervisors).

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 Professional Development Internship” as the program, and then select the two projects that most interest them.

Selection Criteria
1) At least a 3.0 GPA in the major (as verified by the submission of academic transcripts)
2) Demonstrated interest in the research and museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution and work of Smithsonian Libraries
3) Demonstrated knowledge or coursework related to Smithsonian areas of interest; solid writing, analytical, and computer skills are mandatory.
4) Suitable Smithsonian Libraries' projects for members of applicant pool.

Interns may receive up to $500 per week, which is awarded to the student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for six weeks. Interns are not eligible for Smithsonian or Federal transportation benefits.

Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in mid-February. Professional Development internships are performed for six full weeks during the summer. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.
Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:
Erin Clements Rushing (