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Fall Internship Opportunities at the Libraries!

The Smithsonian Libraries is currently recruiting for seven fall internship projects in all areas of the Libraries. All are unique learning experiences with mentorship and guidance. They are open to grad students, recent graduates and some are open to undergrad students.

These are generally part time, unpaid positions and we are happy to work with universities to help students obtain credit. A few of the projects also have flexible timing, so if an eligible student were particularly interested in joining us in the spring that may be possible.

SIL 2012-01 National History Museum Libraries and VaultProjects include:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Reference review and care of special collections
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library marketing
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library copyright issues
  • Development
  • Graphic design
  • Botany and Horticulture Floras

Detailed information about each project may be found here:

Fall internship applications close on August 30th (extended from previous deadline of August 30th). All applications must go through the Smithsonian Online Appointment System:  Select Smithsonian Institution Libraries as the unit, Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship Program as the program and then the appropriate project.

General information about our internship program can be found here:




  1. Jesse Stewart

    Who wants to work for no pay? Times are tough times plus you have to go to Washington DC apparently at your own expense! Nothing like free graduate student help under the pretense it will help you land a better job!

    • Erin Rushing

      Hi Jesse,

      Yes, it is unfortunate that not all of our internship opportunities are funded. However, we try hard to make sure our programs are valuable learning experiences, not just unpaid work. We are also happy to work with a student’s university to help them receive credit or fulfill practicum requirements. Please let me know if you have any questions about our program.

      Erin Rushing

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