Kathryn Turner Diversity & Technology Internship

This internship program is on hold during 2024.

The Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship is a full-time, 8-week program that allows a student enrolled in a Historically Black College or University with a background in computer science to sharpen skills and gain real-world experience in the largest museum library system in the world.

The ideal intern will be a junior or senior undergraduate computer science or information systems major with classroom experience in programming, databases, and operating systems. The student should be enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a Historically Black College or University.

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 Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship”.

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.

General Information about Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Internships