Kathryn Turner Diversity & Technology Internship

We will update opportunities for Summer 2023 in early December 2022.

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.

For Summer 2022, this internship will focus on learning how to develop automation tools and scripts to identify and clean up data issues in transcribed field books. The intern will experience tool and script creation, testing, and documentation. They will be guided in functional and technical requirements by their supervisors. 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 intern will learn and gain experience with current tools and be coached in recursive and adaptive logic applications in the scripts and tools they develop. The intern will gain experience applying computer science knowledge and language skills to solve a real-world data management need. They will also have an opportunity to apply software development lifecycle processes to produce a solution that will be put to immediate use at the Smithsonian.

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.