Robert F. Smith Internship Program [due 2/15]

Internships provide guided learning experiences consisting of hands-on training, mentoring, attendance at educational events, and cultivation of contacts for the next generation of researchers, scholars, curators, and other museum, library, preservation, and heritage professionals – individuals who will assume the mantle of identifying, documenting, curating, and digitizing treasured artifacts that reflect African American history and culture.

Applications for Summer 2024 Internships are due by 11:59 p.m. February 15, 2024.

Intern Benefits

  • $850 per week stipend to defray living expenses during the tenure of the appointment*
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Structured mentorship opportunities both within the Museum and with outside professionals
  • A calendar of professional development seminars catered to the needs of historically underrepresented individuals in the cultural sector
  • Paid registration and travel to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference 
  • Academic credit (not required)

*Additional stipends are available for the rural host organizations – Tuskegee University, Museum of the Grand Prairie, and the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Exact amounts are noted in the position descriptions.

Intern Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students (must have completed at least one year of study)
  • Graduate students
  • Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
  • Career-changers in the cultural field less than 2 years
  • Applications from individuals who have had prior internships or fellowships with any unit of the Smithsonian Institution will not be considered.
  • Strongest consideration will be given to applicants with no more than 1-2 prior related work experiences. 


  • Internships are 12 weeks in the summer
  • 35-40 hours per week

Opportunities for Individuals 

Applications are open for 2024 Summer Internships. Apply by 11:59 p.m. February 15, 2024.

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach