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Smithsonian Minority Student Internship

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships offer multiple internships in order to increase the participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in the Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the different disciplines of research that are conducted at the Smithsonian Institution.

This internship program was created to provide undergraduate and fresh graduate students the chance to learn more about the Institution and its academic fields through direct experiences in research or museum-related projects.

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Award Information:

Amount: $600 per week plus possible travel allowance
Duration of Internship: 10 weeks, full time (40 hours per week)
Number of Scholarship Awards: The number of Minority Student Internships made each year is based on the available funds for the program.

Start of Application Period:
• Summer – June 1
• Fall – October 1
• Spring – February 1

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• Summer and Fall – February 1
• Spring – October 1
GPA: An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

• Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science
• Anthropology
• Astrophysics and astronomy
• Earth sciences and paleobiology
• Evolutionary and systematic biology
• History of science and technology
• History of art
• Social and cultural history of the U.S.
• Folklife

Eligibility Requirements:

– Must be United States citizens or permanent residents
– Must be formally enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program or have completed their degree within the last 4 months
– Must be able to meet and maintain the minimum GPA requirement

Application Process:

1. Go to and register an account. Once you’re done registering an account, log into SOLAA and provide all the required information, including your:
a. Mailing address
b. Academic history
c. Current university/college

2. Compose and upload a 2-4 page, double-spaced essay using 12 point font addressing the following;
a. Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for this internship program
b. What you hope to accomplish through this internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals
c. What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship

3. Upload the following materials to complete your internship application:
a. Transcript (or any other materials if your transcript is unavailable) from all appropriate colleges/universities. You may provide unofficial copies of your transcripts. If your transcript/substitute materials are not in English, please provide an English translation.
b. Updated Resume
c. References:
i. Names and email addresses of two academic references must be provided (you may also include an additional reference if you wish)
ii. All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
iii. Through SOLAA you will send an email to these references so they can provide their letters through the website.
iv. Give your references enough time to write their letters well before the deadline

Note: Information to help you with your application can be found at

Selection Criteria:

The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student’s academic and career goals are important parts of the evaluation of every application. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, physical condition, or nationality.

Contact Information:

If you wish to speak to a representative about the program, don’t hesitate to contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas, Program Manager at (202) 633-7070 or email her at [email protected]

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