Intern Update, Job Opportunities

Apply by October 29 for Spring 2011 Internships

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program announces internship opportunities for Spring 2011. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 29, 2010.

Selected interns will be provided with an office space equipped with a computer, phone, access to Smithsonian collections, libraries, and other resources, as well as advice and research guidance from the Asian Pacific American Program staff and other Smithsonian colleagues. Smithsonian interns have the opportunity to develop both research and professional skills and to participate in numerous intern activities and events at the Smithsonian.

Summer 2010 intern Xiang Siow shows some findings he came across to staffer Noriko Sanefuji at the National Museum of American History's Archive Center.Above: Summer 2010 intern Xiang Siow shows some findings he came across to staffer Noriko Sanefuji at the National Museum of American History’s Archive Center.

Applicants will be chosen based on their scholarly qualifications, experience working with APA communities, and the quality of the research project proposed and its suitability to APA Program’s missions and goals. Eligible applicants must be a current college student, recent college graduate (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Most interns are at the senior or junior undergraduate level, though strongly qualified sophomores and freshmen will be considered. Graduate students are eligible to apply. Internships are unavailable for high school students.

To apply, register on Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) through its website’s left navigation, follow the instructions there, and choose the APA Program’s internship option. Please note that accepted applicants will need to submit background check forms one month before their start date. Accepted applicants are responsible for arranging their own housing during their appointment.

Most internships at the Smithsonian are unpaid, but are available for academic credit. Students are encouraged to apply for independent grants or scholarships through their schools or outside sources to financially support them during their internship appointment. Funding is available on a competitive basis through the Minority Awards Program from the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Fellowships.

Contact  Krista Aniel, Internship Coordinator, for help or more information.

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