Smithsonian Institution Internship

From the Smithsonian Institution
This is for the spring of 2019, but you could ask about a summer internship.
I am reaching out on behalf of the Office of Special Events at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as we are currently accepting internship applications for spring 2019! I would greatly appreciate if you could share this exciting opportunity with any of your students who might be interested.
As part of the Development branch of the museum, the Office of Special Events at the National Museum of American History plans and coordinates over 100 events each year including: exhibition openings, press conferences, donation ceremonies, staff receptions, donor cultivation events, and corporate dinners and receptions. 
Attached is an internship description which includes testimonials from former interns. Additional information concerning qualifications, responsibilities, and learning objectives can be found here. Information about events at the Museum can also be found by visiting To apply, please create an account on SOLAA and choose “National Museum of American History (NMAH) Internship Program” with Special Events as your program choice. The application deadline is Thursday, November 1st.
While unpaid, we typically offer a one-time $500 stipend to help with travel and transportation expenses.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.
Warm Regards,
Sarah Loux
Special Events Coordinator
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution

What is an Internship Broker?

An internship broker is a company that helps students find internships. In the best circumstances, the placement is guaranteed. In the worst, students pay large sums of money and do not get placed. You should be very careful about using an internship broker.

The Washington Center is, in my opinion, a broker that can be trusted. Tuition is waived by PASSHE for most of The Washington Center interns. The reduced cost makes their fee worth it in my opinion. In fact, when the tuition waiver is factored in the cost is equal to most internship opportunities.

Please be careful when using an internship broker.

Top 10: The Answer is NO!

10. Can I tear up a signed internship contract if I get offered a better one?

9. Can I intern with a relative?

8. Can I turn in my paperwork late?

7. Can I count the internship I completed in high school?

6. Can I work out of my house?

5. Can I intern in a different field?

4. Can I count time on vacation toward my 360 hours?

3. Can I intern in the fall?

2. Can I intern in the spring?

1. Can my mom call you?

In What States May I Intern?

I received a great question this morning about internships in other states. The rumor was that IUP students could not intern in California. I’m pleased to tell you that IUP students may intern in all 50 states, though there are limits and conditions on interning in Florida. This situation changes all the time so don’t rely on old information. If you have a questions about internships, see me or post them to this site. I’m here to help you!