Job Opportunities

Become part of the Smithsonian family!

The National Museum of American History is recruiting docents. Ms. Andrea Lowther, Director of Visitor Services, will be scheduling orientation dates for October and November, so people will have an opportunity to come and meet with her before January and hear about the specific openings that they will have this year. The museum is especially in need of weekend docents. For more information regarding the volunteer program at the National Museum of American History, check out their website.

Andrea Lowther
Director of Visitor Services
National Museum of American History

Phone: 202-633-3690
Fax: 202-633-9024

Other opportunities:
If history is not your cup of tea, not to worry! There are many more ways to get involved!

You can provide tours for school groups, highlight tours, special interest tours, hands-on activity, behind-the-scene, or be a outreach program docent and more at many of the Smithsonian museums, research centers, and other units of the Smithsonian Institution.

Learn more about different volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution now!

Job Opportunities

Asian Pacific American Program Director Search

We are no longer accepting applications.

The Smithsonian Institution is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Director for the Asian Pacific American Program.

Closing Date: November 1, 2010

Given the increasing importance of Asian and Pacific heritage and innovation in today’s world and its global economy, the importance of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and their ecology, as well as the growth of the Asian American population and its influence in the United States, the Smithsonian requires a robust Asian & Pacific Islander American program in the coming years. To that end, the Smithsonian is in the midst of transforming its current Asian Pacific American Program into the Smithsonian Asian & Pacific Islander American Center.

The Director will lead the initiative to develop a Smithsonian Asian & Pacific Islander American Center at the Institution and nationally, building upon the foundation of the
Smithsonian’s current Asian Pacific American Program.

The Director will be responsible to work with and build collections, expand staff, create a national advisory board, and help formulate a new type of museum presence that takes full advantage of new media and the growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities.

The Director has the primary responsibility to enhance public understanding of the heritage of Asian & Pacific Island Americans and their historical and contemporary
contributions to the American experience, to world cultures, and to the study and appreciation of the natural world as articulated in the Smithsonian’s Strategic Plan
“Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery.” The Director enables the Smithsonian Institution as a whole to appropriately represent Asian & Pacific Islander
Americans in its research programs, collections, and educational and outreach activities, in its workforce, its advisory boards, and among fellows and interns.

Click here for the entire job announcement and to apply.

Check the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Human Resources website for other job opportunities.

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.

Job Opportunities

Multimedia Producer Job Opening

We are no longer accepting applications.

Click here for more information or to apply.


This position is located in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Program in its Washington, DC office. The employee provides support in the production of public and digital media programs, educational materials for all Asian Pacific American activities at the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in “Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery.”

Closing Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010


* Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
* May need to complete a Probationary Period
* Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


* Produces Asian Pacific American (APA) Program content for distribution across digital media technologies and platforms.
* Serves as Web Designer/Developer for the APA Program focusing on history, art and culture.
* Maintains and preserves earlier APA multimedia content; maintains and updates new multimedia content to keep material current.
* Provides input on multimedia strategies for APA Program outreach, exhibitions and educational activities; measures the analytics of multimedia performance.
* Documents APA Program initiatives and events with new media technologies (e.g. digital cameras) and software packages (e.g. Dreamweaver).



You must have one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-5 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes creating, coordinating, developing and designing Asian Pacific American history, art and culture content for distribution across a range of multimedia technologies and platforms.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education:

One full year of graduate level education related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a Combination:

Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

1. Knowledge of Asian Pacific American (APA) communities, history, art and culture with an emphasis on South Asian American (India) communities, history and culture. Factor #1 is the Selective Factor. Applicants must meet this factor to continue to receive further consideration.
2. Ability to photograph, film and write about events and APA experiences for new media distribution including digitizing old media formats.
3. Ability to create a multimedia strategy for a museum, community or education organization and measure the analytics of multimedia performance.
4. Knowledge of multimedia tools used for multimedia production.

Click here for more information or to apply.

HomeSpun, Indian American, Job Opportunities

HomeSpun Update: July 2010

As you may recall from last month’s update, the APA Program is in the process of searching for the new HomeSpun curator. The curator will be in charge of providing shape and direction for the exhibition, public program series, and middle-school curriculum on Indian American history and culture. We were fortunate to start with a large and highly qualified pool of applicants. We are now well into the selection process and hope to have someone join our team soon. Keep your eyes open for the arrival of our new VIP!

Fundraising has recently experienced a highly anticipated uptick. Just this past month, we learned of two promising HomeSpun fundraising opportunities—one event in New York City and the second in Silicon Valley. We are in the preliminary planning stages for the NYC event. This event will mark the first time HomeSpun visits the Big Apple! In California, a team of hardworking volunteers has plans underway for an evening event on October 24, 2010. The trip to California is poised to be a large success (over 150 save-the-dates have been distributed!).

HomeSpun, Indian American, Job Opportunities

HomeSpun Update: June 2010

June 2010

A new HomeSpun curator will soon join the Smithsonian APA Program. The curator will be the latest addition to the highly effective and wonderfully diverse team in the Capital Gallery office of the APA Program. The curator will be in charge of the development of the HomeSpun exhibition and a series of public programs. The curator will also coordinate the creation of a middle-school curriculum on Indian American history and culture.

At least 55 individuals applied for the position which was narrowed down to ten qualified candidates by the Office of Human Resources. The HomeSpun Review Committee hopes to make the selection by end of June or early July. The curator will work on the project for two years until the exhibition opening at the Smithsonian.

Another piece of news comes from the digital world, where HomeSpun has seen tremendous growth on Facebook and blog visits. Thanks to the hard work of our multimedia specialist, blog contributors, volunteers, and South Asian American organizations such as the Network of South Asian Professionals of Washington DC (NetSAP DC), we saw our Facebook fan base grow 100% in one month! We hope that this trend continues and our fan page becomes a valuable resource to the project over the next few years.

Graph of total number of Facebook fans over the course of a month.
Graph of total number of Facebook fans over the course of a month.

Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan, photo by smulligannn. cc by-nd

One last highlight I would like to share with you is about a hard-working volunteer and HomeSpun donor, Roshna Kapadia. Thanks to Roshna, my colleague Noriko Sanefuji and I have connected with the famous haute couture dress designer, Naeem Khan. Some of you may know Naeem for his impressive and bedazzled dresses worn by high-profile celebrities such as R&B recording artist Beyoncé Knowles, actress Liz Taylor, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Naeem has graciously agreed to donate one of his signature gowns to our collections, making it the first Indian American artifact to be collected for the project. Well, that’s about it for now. You can always learn more about the latest on HomeSpun on the website or by calling me, Suchin Adhalaka, Homespun Project Manager, at 202.633.2693.

HomeSpun, Indian American, Job Opportunities

HomeSpun Update: May 2010

We are no longer accepting applications.

HomeSpun: The Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project

I am pleased to announce the HomeSpun Curator position was opened to the public last week. This full-time position will be located in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program office in Washington, DC. Additional announcement details can be found here or at USAJOBS.

This position closes on May 17, 2010, so please help us share information about this opportunity soon, far, and widely. It is critical to this historical project that we find the best candidate!

With support from generous donors, we have raised $700,000 of the $2 million fundraising goal! We hope to keep this positive momentum going through our next fundraisers, tentatively planned for New York City and Atlanta. That said, the HomeSpun exhibition remains on track to open in 2012 at the National Museum of American History on the National Mall, and then to travel throughout the U.S. for three to five years.

Check out the latest thought-provoking HomeSpun blog entries at We are lucky to have a growing roster of talented writers sharing their personal experiences and stories as Indian Americans. Please leave us your comments or share a story of your own … we would love to hear from you!

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, be sure to contact me at or 202.633.2693.