Education Internship

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Education Department is eager to help users find the resources needed to teach Information Literacy to students grades 6-12. This internship will provide an opportunity to help build and shape a new digital resource committed to Information and Media Literacy.

Using the Smithsonian's Learning Lab digital platform, the intern will learn how to curate collections that highlight Libraries and Archives' visual materials and exemplify concepts such as author bias, plagiarism, working with primary sources, and verifying truth in media. The intern will learn how to create collections that align with national standards of learning.

For Summer 2022, this internship will be performed virtually (remotely), full-time, for eight weeks during the summer. Dates are flexible but a June start date is preferred. Interns are eligible for a stipend of $700 a week. Virtual/remote interns should have reliable access to a computer and internet connection.

The ideal candidate for this opportunity would be an undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated student in Library Science, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Education, or related field. Interest and experience in information and media literacy, primary sources, k-12 education, and digital resources are a plus.

Application Instructions


Applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments system (SOLAA). Applicants should select “Smithsonian Libraries and Archives” as the unit and the “Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Education” as the program.

The following items must be included and uploaded into the SOLAA system as part of your application:

  • Essay of 500 to 1,000 words describing your learning objectives, qualifications, and career aspirations and how they relate to this internship.
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into SOLAA. Do not mail physical copies.
  • CV/Resume
  • Contacts for two professional or academic recommendations.The candidate inputs names and emails into the SOLAA application system. References are automatically sent an electronic survey and have an opportunity to upload a traditional reference letter. Candidate should be sure to communicate this process to their references and input email addresses accurately.

The Smithsonian is committed to ensuring that all employees and affiliated persons (including interns) are treated equitably in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status or marital status. All personnel practices, including the selection of interns, must comply with this policy.

For Summer 2022, the application deadline is February 13th , 2022. Applicants will be updated of their status by late March.