About Smithsonian

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Mission and Vision
Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. More...
Museums and Zoo
The Smithsonian is home to 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo. More...
Research Centers
The Smithsonian operates nine research centers and numerous research programs. More...
Cultural Centers
A steward and ambassador of cultural connections, the Smithsonian's work promotes understanding of world cultures. More...
The Smithsonian Consortia help foster a spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration to stimulate intellectual exchange. More...
The Smithsonian's collections represent our nation's rich heritage, art from across the globe, and the immense diversity of the natural and cultural world. More...
Affiliate Museums
The Smithsonian's Affiliations program brings our unparalleled collections, scholarship, and exhibitions to communities across the nation. More...
Smithsonian science examines many of the world's most complex and time-sensitive problems. More...
Education is at the core of our mission, from informal education opportunities to lesson plans for teachers, and professional development.


Writing Intern

May 2023 Washington, DC
“Working at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage while embracing a backpacking adventure in Nicaragua brought about a host of pros and a single con that emerged due to time zone differences. Despite this minor setback, the experience overall was nothing short of lovely, amazing, and awesome. One of the most significant pros of this job was the unparalleled flexibility it offered. The ability to blend remote work with travel allowed you to immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Nicaragua while contributing to a meaningful cause. This flexibility extended beyond physical location, granting me the autonomy to tailor my work to my surroundings and personal schedule, enhancing both my productivity and work-life balance. My supervisor, Charlie, played a crucial role in making this experience truly exceptional. Their understanding of my circumstances (i.e. getting sick) and willingness to accommodate your travel schedule and time zone constraints demonstrated their support and commitment to my success. This not only eased any potential challenges but also fostered a positive and collaborative work environment, enabling me to fully embrace the diverse cultural landscape I was exploring.”

Social Media Intern

June 2022 - August 2022 Washington, DC
“I liked how I was ingrained in the team and my ideas were valued”
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