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The Smithsonian NMAAHC Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Internship Program

Eligibility and Application Process

Background Investigation

A fellowship appointment is conditional, subject to your successful completion of a pre-appointment background investigation for a non-critical, sensitive position.

Application Deadlines

Summer: February 15
Fall: June 15
Spring: October 15

How to Apply

Please apply using the Smithsonian online application system (SOLAA). Paper applications will not be considered

  • Only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (Master’s) students, currently enrolled in, or recent graduates, pursuing varying types of degrees (e.g.: Art History, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design, Photography, Studio Art, etc.), at HBCUs or other institutions, who have an evident interest in the conservation of African American heritage
  • Preferred qualifications include introduction to chemistry, excellent hand skills, and a desire to learn more about conservation of objects.

A completed application packet will consist of the following:

  • Application form: available at Smithsonian online application system
  • Essay indicating interest in, and purpose of, becoming a NMAAHC Intern
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts, current or immediate last (unofficial are acceptable)
  • Three letters of reference
Essential Tips for the Online Application:
  • Do NOT submit your application until all necessary components are uploaded (i.e. transcripts, personal essay, resume). Once submitted you cannot upload or change anything within the application.
  • An unofficial or official transcript can be uploaded by first scanning the document and saving it as a .pdf or .jpeg. Please do not mail the transcript separately.
  • Make sure that you click the "Send Email" button. This triggers the system to email those listed as your references with instructions for uploading the reference letter. Please advise them of the process.

The Smithsonian is an EEO employer.