Kathryn Turner Diversity & Technology Internship

Applications for Summer 2018 have closed. Please check back in late 2018 for Summer 2019 information.

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to offer the Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship. This full-time, 10 week program allows a student enrolled at a Historically Black College or University with a background in computer science to sharpen his/her skills and gain real world experience in the largest museum library system in the world.

This program is based in our Web Services division. Specific projects vary year to year but generally, interns will learn and gain experience in a production environment with all the complexities it contains. Intern will also have the opportunity to learn about narrow-scope software development and will be able to collaborate side by side with experienced professionals in multiple disciplines.

This opportunity with the Smithsonian Libraries will be located in Washington, DC, in the National Museum of Natural History (10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW).

Eligibility Criteria:

This paid internship program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in bachelor’s level program at in a relevant major at a Historically Black College or University, or students who have graduated in the past six months.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
  • Unofficial Academic Transcriptions from all colleges/universities attended
  • Academic Essay: two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at Smithsonian Libraries
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation

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, "Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship" as the program.

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 10-12 weeks. Interns are not eligible for Smithsonian or Federal transportation benefits.

Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in early April. Internships are generally performed for 10-12 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 (rushinge@si.edu).

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