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Internships

Be an integral part of the Smithsonian Learning Lab and help us further discovery, creativity, sharing… and excitement.

Interning at the Smithsonian Learning Lab is a unique opportunity to be part of a new way the Smithsonian is making its resources more accessible and useful to teachers, students, parents, and anyone thrilled by the discovery and exploration of museum resources. As an intern with us, you'll be a formative part of an inviting educational movement, as we open the doors to the vast resources within the Smithsonian to anyone with an interest to learn.

General Smithsonian Learning Lab Internship (ongoing)
The Learning Lab was created to empower anyone to search the Smithsonian's collection of more than one million digital assets any time or place and create custom collections. This web-based platform, which interns will have a ground floor opportunity to add to and refine, will stimulate learners of all ages to unearth, collect, remix, and share assets that were once available only to those visiting the Smithsonian in person. Not only will interns have access to the Learning Lab's digital resources, they'll assist remote users in making surprising learning connections to be used in and out of traditional classrooms. Interns will also observe how learners of all abilities engage with the Learning Lab and identify thoughtful opportunities to improve the user experience.

This is not a museum education department or public programs internship, and may take place within an office setting or remotely. Students studying new media, digital learning, and museum education are encouraged to apply. Our internships are unpaid, but we will coordinate with your school if you'd like to receive credit.

Evaluation Research and Analytics Internship (Summer and Fall 2017)
Interns implement evaluation, research and/or analytics projects for education programs within the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access related to the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Specific projects include:

  • Understanding the use of the Learning Lab by community college faculty and students
  • Big Data mining and analysis related to educational offerings
  • Learning Lab data organization
  • Use of museum-related digital resources by public libraries to facilitate digital literacy

For these projects, interns will:

  • Assist with different phases of evaluation projects – conceptualization, collection and analysis of data, and report results to different audiences;
  • Conduct statistical analysis and collection and analysis of qualitative data;
  • Assist with analytics - monitor and report Learning Lab site usage based and creates actionable data-driven reports to aid decision-making processes.

Advanced level undergraduate or graduate student with experience and interest in museum and program evaluation and analytics. Evaluation, big data, anthropology, sociology background preferred. At least 3 days per week or 20 + hours. Flexible schedule, but a 6 month commitment to the project is preferred.

This is not a museum education department or public programs internship, and may take place within an office setting or remotely. Our internships are unpaid, but we will coordinate with your school if you'd like to receive credit.

Eligibility

Our internships emphasize learning and mentorship, and are designed for college upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. SCLDA is pleased to participate in the Smithsonian partnership with The George Washington University. We accept international students provided you are already in the United States studying on a visa sponsored by a school or university.

Security

All interns are required to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Smithsonian's Office of Protection Services via the Office of Personnel Management before being accepted into the program.

How to Apply

Please apply using the Smithsonian online application system https://solaa.si.edu. Paper applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In SOLAA: (1) Select “SCLDA Internship Program"; (2) Select “Project." Projects that we are currently recruiting for will be listed on the site. If no projects are listed, please check back periodically for available opportunities.

Please be aware that complete applications must include the following:

  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • A well-written essay that reflects your own sense of discovery and answers: 1) What do you want to learn from the Smithsonian? 2) What experiences have you had with digital media tools? 3) What do you like about museums?
  • Two letters of reference, either uploaded by you or by your reference (or a combination thereof)

Essential Tips for the Online Application: We're Paperless!

  • Do NOT click submit on your application until all necessary components are uploaded (i.e., transcripts, essay, resume). Once submitted, you cannot upload more components or change anything within the application. You can, however, save and return to your application during the process of applying, before submitting.
  • 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.
  • In the Reference Letter section, make sure that you click the “send email" button, and that you enter your reference's email address correctly. This triggers the system to email your references with instructions for uploading the reference letter. Please advise your references of this in advance.

Deadlines are rolling; however, we begin an internal review of applications after the following dates:

  • Spring (January – May) October 15
  • Summer (June – August) February 1
  • Fall (September – December) July 15

Questions

If you have questions about the application process or our internships, please send inquiries to tspinale@si.edu. If you have questions concerning the SOLAA application, please go to the on the SOLAA website. You will be able to check your application status online. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you within 3–4 weeks of the posted deadline. For internships in museums, you can consult the Office of Fellowships and Internships website: http://www.smithsonianofi.com.