Kathryn Turner Diversity & Technology Internship

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.

For Summer 2020, this internship will focus on Cross-linking Data. The intern will assist in a variety of limited-scope projects cleaning, normalizing, and matching data between the Libraries' databases and systems including our Digital Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and unique data sets related and important to the fields of Botany and Zoology.

The intern will learn and gain experience in a production environment with all the complexities it contains. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about working in a diverse environment with legacy datasets and will also able to collaborate side by side with experienced professionals.

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

As of April 1, 2020, there are no open Smithsonian Libraries internship opportunities, as facilities restrict access to support the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. We are unsure when fall 2020 or spring 2021 opportunities will be available but will update this page as appropriate. 

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 students who are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s level program 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 contacts for 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 $550 per week, which is awarded to the student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks. Interns are not eligible for Smithsonian or Federal transportation benefits.

Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in late February. Internships are generally performed for 10 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