How to Apply for an Internship

Office of Advancement internships provide an excellent foundation for future development related careers.

How to Apply for an Internship

Internships must be applied for using the Smithsonian's online application system.

Internship applications are received throughout the year on a rolling basis. However, the following target dates are useful to keep in mind:

  • November 1  (Winter/Spring Internships)
  • March 1  (Summer Internships)
  • July 1  (Fall Internships)

The application requires five components to be uploaded. Instructions for completing these components are provided in the online application system

  • completed online application
  • essay describing how an internship with the Office of Advancement would meet your own personal goals
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation (the system allows you to generate an email request to your references, and they will be instructed on how to upload their letters directly. If you already have letters of reference, you may upload them directly.)
  • academic transcript (non-official is acceptable)
  • writing samples (required for the Communications Internship only) 



Smithsonian internships are very competitive, and we may receive more applications than positions available. If you have a question regarding the status of your application, contact the Intern Coordinator. Please allow four to six weeks from the time we receive all components of your application for placement notification. Please note that all internships in the Office of Advancement are classified as Non-Critical, Sensitive appointments. As such, all internships are subject to a background check. When an offer letter is issued, the offer is tentative until the background check has been completed with a successful result. Form OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment, will be included with any offer letter.

Thank you for your interest in internships in the Office of Advancement, and good luck in your internship endeavors.

Questions? Please contact:

Harriet Newman, Intern Coordinator
Office of Advancement
Smithsonian Institution
MRC 527, SIB 124
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012