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Smithsonian Internship Information

The Honors program offers two internship opportunities at the Smithsonian. For more information on the fall program, click here.

The Jan Term program offers honors students from any major and history students the opportunity to garner work experience, bolster their resumes, forge professional connections and explore the nation's capital all while earning three honors internship credits. Cost: airfare, D.C. transportation, food and lodging.

Application Process

Smithsonian Internship, Jan Term

Honors students from any major and history students should apply through the Off-Campus Programs online system. The application process takes place 11 months before the Jan Term program (e.g., February 2018 for Jan Term 2019). The application process typically opens in mid-February and closes the first Friday in March. You will request online recommendations via the Off-Campus Programs system. Please do not ask a fellow student to provide a personal recommendation. You will need two recommendations from professors – not from relatives or close friends. History students should read the instructions specific to them before applying.

You will be required to provide (in either Word or PDF format) by 5 p.m. the first Friday in March to Honors Program Assistant Karly Bosma (

  1. A current (one-page) resume, including (only) relevant coursework and work experience.
  2. A professional cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the internship and how it will advance your vocational goals.
Smithsonian Internship, Semester

The final application deadline is Jan. 25, 2018. Applications will be considered as they are submitted, with admissions announced on a rolling basis. Email Karly Bosma ( to receive application instructions.

You will be required to provide:

  1. A resume of no more than two pages containing all relevant experience, academic preparation and honors received.
  2. A cover letter of no more than two pages specifically addressing your academic preparation (including relevant coursework), pertinent work experience, how interning at the Smithsonian Institute bridges your preparation with your future academic and career goals, and your ability to work/live independently and collaboratively.
  3. Two academic references who can comment on your fitness for this program.

For more information, contact Professor Doug Sugano ( or Associate Professor Will Kynes (