Thursday, October 8, 2020

Spring Internship, Smithsonian Institution – Office of International Relations


Position description

You may know us at Smithsonian for our museums and collections, but we’re also a global organization actively involved in researching biodiversity, conserving priceless artifacts, preserving cultural heritage, and much more. We work in more than 140 countries around the world, including China, Armenia, Benin, and Peru, to name but a few. Discover the difference we’re making in communities around the world with an internship at the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations (OIR).

OIR serves as the central point for Institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the Institution. OIR’s mission is to leverage the creativity, assets, and expertise of the entire Smithsonian to advance our mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. We mobilize communities, scientists, scholars, and partner organizations to exchange ideas and shape creative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, always hoping to inspire the next generation of leaders to join us. Underpinning all of our work is a core focus on partnership and building the capacity of peers around the world.

OIR offers two different virtual internship roles to support our office in its day-to-day functions. OIR internships provide professional development opportunities for individuals interested in museum education, community engagement and outreach, curriculum development, communications, cultural heritage preservation, conservation science, and other relevant disciplines. We welcome candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds. The intern will serve primarily in an administrative capacity. Internships will be virtual and can be taken for university/academic credit.

OIR internship roles, with illustrative duties and learning objectives, are as follows:

  • Global Projects Intern: Engaging with various members of the OIR team to provide project management support, conducting desk research, creating presentations, and more.
  • Communications Intern: Supporting digital communications, including content research and creation, and planning, design, and analysis of social media posts.

All interns, regardless of role, are also tasked with general office support and administrative activities. Each intern will have a supervisor who will provide guidance, oversight, and mentorship throughout the internship.


Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel & Word is essential. Previous experience in an office environment is a plus, but not required. Strong candidates will have prior international or cross-cultural experiences, exposure, or interest. An excellent command of the English language, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills, is required. Candidate must also be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.

Internships run for a minimum of three months and are typically offered three times per year starting in January/February, May/June, and September. Internships can be part-time (24 hours per week) or full-time (32 hours per week), depending on intern availability and office needs. Internship is unpaid, with a small stipend. Spring internship will be conducted remotely. 

Application instructions

Please send a resume and personal statement addressed to Samantha Peterson at, and identify the internship role (or roles) you would like be considered for. In your personal statement, please address why you are interested in the internship; any previous professional, educational, or personal experiences that are relevant (especially if not on your resume); and any unique qualities or perspectives you can bring to the internship. For best consideration, apply by October 25.