Interns with The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the world’s great cultural institutions. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the Institution and complement the intern’s own interests, skills, and experience.

Eligibility & Qualifications

Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. International students are welcome to participate in most internship opportunities. However, interns coming from abroad will require appropriate visas to enter the United States.

No specific credential or work experience is required; however, applicants should have a strong interest in TSA’s Mission and in informal educational programming. Individual departments may be seeking additional qualifications, they can be found in the respective position descriptions below.

Academic Credit

The Smithsonian is not a degree granting institution and therefore cannot award academic credit. However, interns can receive academic credit from their university or college for their internships and many U.S. colleges and universities will recognize academic work performed while interning at the Institution. We recommend that you contact your school’s registrar or career planning office for more information. Credit arrangements should be made in advance with your school advisor and your internship supervisor. If there are special terms, conditions or requirements associated with earning credit, you will need to discuss these with your TSA supervisor before you arrive.

Financial Assistance

TSA internship appointments are unpaid and do not offer stipends for housing or travel. Students are encouraged to apply for resources outside the Smithsonian to support their internship; there are no internal sources of support available unless specifically listed.

The TSA Internship Seasons

Fall: September – December
Winter/Spring: January – May
Summer: June – August

Deadlines for Applications

Fall Positions: July 1
Winter/Spring Positions: October 1
Summer Positions: February 1

TSA internships are highly competitive and applying early is strongly encouraged.


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The world's largest museum complex & research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.