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Unpaid Internship

Interns are selected by the staff of the museums’ participating departments. Applicants should indicate three departments of interest: Administration/Finance/Human Resources; Archives; Conservation and Scientific Research; Collections Management (Registrar); Curatorial; Education and Public Programs; Exhibition Management; Information Technology; Publications; Design and Production; Library; Membership and Development; Photography; Public Affairs and Marketing; Rights and Reproductions; Scholarly Programs and Publications; and Museum Shops. Approximately twenty percent of applicants are accepted for internships during any one–year period. Internships range from one month to one year. The duration is based on arrangements made between the department and the intern. For information, email asiainternship@si.edu or call 202.633.0466.

DEADLINES: For each internship term, applications must be submitted electronically* by the following dates:
Winter/Spring term: November 15
Summer: March 15
Fall: July 15

How to apply

If you are a high school student (sixteen years or older) of Asian descent, and you plan to complete an internship experience of at least two hundred hours within the span of one year, please apply to the Richard Louie Memorial Internship for High School Students of Asian Descent to be considered for a stipend. Applicants who apply for the Richard Louie Internship will automatically be considered for the unpaid internship. Please do not fill out both applications.

All other applicants should register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Select "Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Internship Program" from the drop-down program list.

Application materials required for Freer and Sackler unpaid internships:

  • Online application
  • Statement of interest (500 words)
  • Transcript or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Please submit all application materials via the SOLAA system. If specific circumstances prevent this, please call 202.633.0466 or e-mail asiainternship@si.edu.

Please note: Applications may not be dropped off at the museums' main information desks. While hand-delivered applications will not be rejected, the museum staff cannot guarantee or assume responsibility for their proper delivery to the intern coordinator.

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The RICHARD Louie Memorial Internship for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS of Asian descent

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution, offer a paid internship for high school students of Asian descent. The Richard Louie Memorial Internship was established in 1994 to honor Richard Louie, former associate director of the Freer and Sackler, and is made possible through the Richard Louie Memorial Fund. Its goal is to offer young people of Asian descent practical experience in a museum setting. Applicants who apply for the Richard Louie Internship will automatically be considered for the unpaid internship. Please do not fill out both applications.

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Internship in Chinese Painting Conservation

This three to nine month internship is in the field of Chinese painting conservation. Working under the guidance of specialists in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, interns receive training in techniques of traditional Chinese painting conservation. For more information please see the internship listing in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research or send an email to dcsr@si.edu.

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Smithsonian Internships

To learn about other Smithsonian internships, see intern.si.edu, or contact:

The Center for Museum Studies
Smithsonian Institution MRC 427
Washington, D.C. 20560
e-mail: interninfo@si.edu

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Paid Internships

For information about paid internships through the Minority Internship Program or the Native American Internship Program, visit the website of the Office of Fellowships and Grants or contact:

Office of Fellowships
Smithsonian Institution
470 L'Enfant Suite 7102
MRC 902 PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
phone: 202-633-7070
email: siofg@si.edu

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