Smithsonian Libraries and Archives will host paid internships in Summer 2022.  The integrated internship program of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA) will provide students in library, archival, information science and related disciplines a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with expert Libraries and Archives staff and other Smithsonian staff to acquire the latest skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed for today’s information and cultural heritage workplace.   

Internships are typically eight weeks in length offered for summer semesters (late May through early September). Part-time options, practicums and for-credit internships may be available. Opportunities vary and are based on available programs and projects. Please see the "Current Internship Opportunities" section for complete information on Program Details, Eligibility, and Application Instructions.  

Current Internship Opportunities


Eligibility: This program is geared towards an undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated student in Library Science, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Education, or related field. 

Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship 

Eligibility: This program is geared towards students who are junior or senior undergraduates enrolled in a computer science (or related) program at a Historically Black College or University.  

Summer Scholars 

Eligibility: This program is geared towards students who are enrolled in a college undergraduate or graduate program. Candidates who are not students should be prepared to describe how this opportunity will enhance their educational background.

  • Art Students League of New York Artist File Project 
  • Smithsonian 175th Anniversary Oral History Project Processing
  • Archiving Smithsonian Websites and Social Media
Professional Development 

Eligibility: This program is geared towards students accepted into, currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of a Master of Information Science program or similar.

  • Exploring Bias in Library of Congress Subject Headings
Practicum/Field Study Opportunities 

Eligibility: Opportunities may be available on a case-by-case basis.


For Summer 2022, the application deadline for Education, Professional Development, Summer Scholars,  and the Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology programs is February 13th, 2022.

Applicants will be updated of their status by late March.  

For all Smithsonian Libraries and Archives internship inquiries, please email

For general information about internship opportunities with other Smithsonian museums and research centers, please visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships  website.