Solicitation Number:
Education, Sciences, Community, Agriculture, Business, Nursing, Arts & Humanities, Social Research

Title: Early Childhood Mini-Grants Program

Brief Description: The sponsor provides grants aimed to stimulate new ideas and innovation among those working with very young children and their families. These grants help organizations improve social and emotional development in children, ages birth to six years, by providing money to: seed new programs; strengthen leadership and expand training in the early childhood field; engage parents and increase their ability to be the primary educators for their children's development; raise public awareness--support policy analysis and advocacy in the field; and fund the purchase of needed materials, equipment, technology, and furnishings. Only tax-exempt organizations providing services in Orleans Parish are eligible.

Agency Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Website:  http://www.imhno.org/imh_mg_grants.html


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Department/Area: Architecture, Sciences, Community Development, Environmental Toxicology, Engineering, CEES, Graduate School, Education, Agriculture

Title: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Brief Description: The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain exposure and experience in a research environment. The program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of the Center's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

Students applying to the program have the option of selecting an internship project from the following categories: Global Change, Landscape Ecology, Ecology of Coastal Ecosystems, Population and Community Ecology, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental and Ecology Education. Students will become familiar with much of the research being conducted at SERC, but they will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them. In addition to their research, students participate in field trips, seminars, lectures, and an intern open house. All participants are expected to integrate what they have learned during their experience and present a brief seminar at the end of their stay.

Proposed Funding: Term: 10 to 16 weeks, Stipend: $400/wk

Agency Deadlines: February 1st for Summer positions (May to August), November 15th for Spring positions (January to April), June 1st for Fall positions (September to December)

Website Address: www.serc.si.edu/internship


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Department/Area: Arts & Humanities; Public Policy; Business, Education

Title: The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)

Brief Description: Complementing Smithsonian museums' research, exhibitions, and collections, The Smithsonian Associates' educational activity consists of program-based outreach initiatives. Through a curriculum consisting of hundreds of courses, lectures, tours, seminars, and other educational experiences, TSA forms an ongoing, systemic center for the study of the humanities, arts, and sciences. TSA interns are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children.
Interns with The Smithsonian Associates are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children, while contributing extensively to one of the worlds great cultural institutions.
Intern projects both benefit the Institution and compliment applicants own interests, skills, and experience.

Interns may be placed in the following departments:

Programs - Work in tandem with TSA program teams to help research, plan, or manage lectures, performances, seminars, series, and courses. Programming internships are available with either the Performing Arts or Local Tours Teams.

Public Affairs - Assist with all aspects of publicizing TSA programs. Fulfill press requests; help draft media releases and calendar releases.
National Outreach - Provide support in creating programs for national audiences including conducting research, developing contacts, and assisting with design and marketing.

Marketing/Membership - Help to devise and implement mechanisms for marketing TSA membership and programs to the public and assist with the development of new audiences.

Discovery Theater - Assist with house duties for the theater; conduct research for Discovery Theater's Learning Guide for teachers.

Young Benefactors - Assists with the planning of the YB Annual Gala and other YB activities, researching potential donors for the Silent Auction, database maintenance and various necessary office work.

Proposed Funding: Internships at The Smithsonian Associates are unpaid. College or university credit (based on school requirements) may be given.

Agency Deadlines: Applications are considered throughout the year.

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm


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Department/Area: Business, Public Policy

Title: Office of Product Development & Licensing (PD&L)

Brief Description: The Office of Product Development & Licensing (PD&L) was established in 1985 to preserve the trust that is innate in the Smithsonian name while creating collections-based products for the retail marketplace. The licensing program is based on contractual agreements that are mutually and financially beneficial to both the companies and the Institution. PD&L has the unique challenge of translating the artifacts, images, and knowledge of the Smithsonian into merchandise that will help expand the Smithsonian's presence in the non-museum, commercial arena.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: Term: 2-3 months (30-40 hours per week)
Stipend: Daily commute - local transportation paid

Agency Deadlines: Open

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm


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Department/Area: Business, Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Museum, Education, Public Policy

Title: Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A)

Brief Description: The Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A) Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. An OP&A internship provides experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative policy-related studies of major Smithsonian programmatic and administrative activities. In addition, the office conducts studies of Smithsonian visitors and program participants. Interns either work as collaborators with OP&A staff in data collection, analysis, and presentation of results or undertake independent projects. A social science related background (management, business, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, education, etc.) and some coursework in qualitative or quantitative research methods are helpful. Academic credit can be arranged.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: Generally no (financial assistance is sometimes available on a limited basis).

Agency Deadlines: Applications are considered year-round.

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm


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Department/Area: Graduate, Arts & Humanities, Education, Public Policy, Business

Title: National Postal Museum - Museum-wide Internship Program

Brief Description: The National Postal Museum showcases one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic materials in the world. The museum houses six major galleries that highlight a range of topics, from the earliest history of the mail and its rapid growth as a modern enterprise, to the art of letter writing and the beauty and lore of stamps.

Education Level: Undergraduate, some high school

Areas of study: American studies, Postal history, Transportation history, philately, education, exhibits, collections management, public affairs

Agency Deadlines: OPEN-Accepted year round

Website Address: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/involved/7c_internships.html


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Department/Area: International Education, Public Policy, Museum, Arts & Humanities

Title: National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Brief Description: Fall, spring, and summer internships are offered to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs and to individuals interested in exploring museum professions. Internship opportunities are available in the following departments: conservation, curatorial, education, exhibits, photographic archives, public affairs, and registration. Candidates must have a background in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. Specific training in African art or other aspects of African culture is desirable, particularly in the Education and Curatorial Departments. Under the supervision of a staff member, an intern works for a minimum of 10 weeks, 20 hours per week.

Agency Deadlines: Fall - June 15th, Spring - October 15th, Summer - February 15th

Website Address: http://www.si.edu


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Department/Area: International Education, Technology, Graduate School, Arts & Humanities

Title: International Center (IC)

Brief Description: The International Center serves as a home for several independent units that foster the Smithsonian's international activities and organize various types of international programs that are not ordinarily undertaken elsewhere within the Institution. Internships are created as the need arises in connection with the development of specific projects by the various units. International Center units include the Office of International Relations, the International Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program, and the Washington office of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Some of these units occasionally have projects suitable for interns to work on; others rarely do. Thus, internship opportunities in the Center do not exist year-round or necessarily during the summer, but occur at random and sporadic intervals. Applications will be considered from graduate students and undergraduates in their junior or senior years of college. Typical intern duties include research, writing, editing, scheduling, archiving, database management and light office work.

Agency Deadlines: Considered year-round

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm


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Department/Area: International Education, Education, Arts & Humanities, Public Policy, Graduate School

Title: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)

Brief Description: Each year a number of undergraduate and graduate internships are available at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Internships are offered during the summer, spring, and fall/winter semesters, and academic credit may be arranged through the intern's school. International students are encouraged to apply. While internships are unpaid appointments, they provide an excellent foundation for future museum work or art-related careers.

Applicants should have 15 semester hours of art history or equivalent academic preparation, with a grade point average of 3.25 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students. A specialization in modern and contemporary art history is helpful.

Agency Deadlines: Fall - June 1st, Spring - November 1st, Summer - March 1st

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm


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Department/Area: Business, Sciences, Architecture, Education, Public Policy, Graduate School, Arts & Humanities, International Education

Title: Freer Gallery of Art

Brief Description: The Freer Gallery of Art, along with its sister museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, are the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution and are jointly administered. The Freer Gallery of Art houses one of the most distinguished collections of Asian art in the world today, as well as the largest collection of work by James McNeill Whistler. The Gallery supports advanced research and disseminates the results through exhibitions and publications. Internships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for special projects and general departmental work in the following departments. Administration, Collections Management (Registrar), Conservation and Scientific Research, Curatorial, Design and Installation, Development, Education (including public programs), Library and Archives, Publications, Photography, Public Affairs, and Shops. A working knowledge of pertinent Asian languages is suggested for curatorial internships.

Agency Deadlines: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15th for summer internships (or longer internships beginning in the summer), July 15th for fall internships, November 15th for winter/spring internships.

Website Address: http://www.asia.si.edu


Solicitation Number:
Department/Area: Arts & Humanities, International Education

Title: National Museum of American Indian (NMAI)

Brief Description: The Internship Program of the National Museum of the American Indian is designed to provide an educational opportunity for students in the area of museum practice and related programming through guided work/research experiences using the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian and other Smithsonian offices.

Past projects included: developing and evaluating visitor guides, cataloging photos, monitoring collections, installing exhibits, exhibit research, developing databases and press kits.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: Yes---A limited number of stipends target American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in academic programs.

Agency Deadlines: Four ten week sessions will be held throughout the year. They are:
Winter - First full week of January, for ten weeks (Oct. 10)
Spring - Third full week of March, for ten weeks (Nov. 20)
Summer - First full week of June, for ten weeks (Feb. 6)
Fall - Last full week of September, for ten weeks (July 12)
*If dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the actual deadline date will be the first workday after the given date.

Website Address: www.americanindian.si.edu


Solicitation Number:
Department/Area: Arts & Humanities, Education

Title: Center for Folk life and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

Brief Description: Internships are offered year-round in the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, and ethnomusicology of the United States and other countries. Intern projects often center on research for, design and production of the Smithsonian Folk life Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Folk life Archive, educational outreach projects, or video projects.

Proposed Funding: Term: 4 weeks to 1 year, full- or part-time
Stipend: NONE

Agency Deadlines: Considered year-round; deadline for summer internships is March 15th.

Website Address: www.si.edu/folklife


Solicitation Number:
Department/Area: Arts & Humanities, Education

Title: Native American Internships

Brief Description: Appointments are offered to Native American students, who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to pursue internship projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian. Appointments are spent in residence at the Institution's facilities under the supervision of Smithsonian research and professional staff members. Appointments of 10 weeks are available to undergraduate or graduate students, and provide stipends and a travel allowance. Contact to the Office of Fellowships for further information.

Proposed Funding: Stipend: $400 per week

Agency Deadlines: Deadline: February 1 (postmark) for Summer (starting June 1) or for Fall (starting October 1); October 1 (postmark) for Spring

Website Address: http://www.si.edu/ofg/ofgapp.htm


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