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Smithsonian Institution

Type of Internship: Museum
Internship Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
Location: Washington, D.C.
Quick Links: Internship website


Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor, occurring during a specific time frame, which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals. With stated learning objectives and a mentor’s commitment, interns may be appointed for a term of up to six months. As an intern’s experiential education progresses, with revised learning objectives and a renewed commitment from a mentor, they may be reappointed.

Smithsonian internships offer an incredible range of learning opportunities. Because each unit of the Smithsonian (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc) understands the learning opportunities it can offer best, each unit manages their own internship application process directly. Competition is fierce! But don’t be discouraged – we have a lot to offer and we host a lot of interns. To increase your chances, be sure to submit applications to all the units that interest you (especially some of the lesser known ones where there is plenty to learn, which your competitors might overlook)!

Past Interns

Smith, Megan

Smith, Megan

DC Semester: Spring 2015
School: UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Type of Internship: Journalism/Media

My aspirations to be a veterinarian/choreographer to the stars didn’t pan out, so I figured I’d give writing a go. Besides being in love with writing copy, I found my adoration for the communicative arts. So I thought it might be a good idea to attend the second best journalism school in the country…conveniently located in my backyard.

Now, as a fourth-year magazine journalism student in the Grady School of Journalism, I am taking full advantage of what they have to offer. My passion as a writer has cultivated itself in the Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication at the University of Georgia. As a member — and current editor — of the writing team, I’m fortunate enough to publish happy, relevant articles that are changing the way we think about news.

I also love my work as a freelancer and subcontract writer for McRoberts Communication. I’ve been lucky enough to write for some remarkable clients like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Strong4Life Campaign, the MARS company and Georgia Military College.

But most of all, I love traveling, cooking and adventuring.

Hawkins, Madeline

Hawkins, Madeline

DC Semester: Spring 2015
School: UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Type of Internship: Advertising/Public Relations

My name is Madeline Hawkins and I will be graduating from the University of Georgia in August 2016, earning a degree in public relations with minors in art history and human development. Apart from a deep love for all things Athens, I am passionate about infusing visual arts and community outreach in my future profession. Here on campus, I am involved in UGA Miracle, Crosstrainers, Public Relations Student Society of America and my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. In my spare time you can find me at my favorite coffee shop, Hendershots, or exploring 5 points with friends.

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