Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations.
When applying via SOLAA, please mention the specific opportunity that interests you in your application essay. Some internships offer stipends, those that offer stipends will state it in the details in the opportunities tab below. Learn about the application process.
The application deadline for fall 2019 internship opportunities has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Applications will be available in late August 2019 for the spring 2020 internship opportunities. The spring application deadline is October 15, 2019.
Can I apply to more than one internship and/or fellowship?
Yes! In fact, we encourage you to do so!
How does the general internship pool work?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as opportunities become available. Please know that if an internship does not become available that fits your interests and timeframe, you will not be contacted. If you have a specific interest, you are encouraged to apply for a specific appointment as well.
How competitive are Smithsonian internships and fellowships?
Smithsonian internships and fellowships are very competitive; the Smithsonian receives thousands of applications each year—but don’t let that discourage you from applying. We work to make sure Smithsonian internships are prestigious, but not exclusive.
How long should it take to find out if I received an internship or fellowship?
How long until you receive a response depends on a lot of things: which internship you applied for, the time of year, as well as how many other applicants there are. As a result, it is difficult to say how long it will take to receive a response.
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You must apply for all Smithsonian internships through the Smithsonian online academic appoint system.