Hundreds of graduate and doctoral students come to the Smithsonian to conduct independent research under the direction of a member of our world-class research staff. Fellows have the opportunity to study and work intensively with Smithsonian collections and experts in their fields and beyond. In addition, more than 1,500 students pursue internships offered throughout the organization.


The Smithsonian offers a world of research opportunities for graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students, as well as visiting professionals , students, scientists, or academics conducting independent research. The Scholarships and Internships Office can guide you through the process.


Are you looking for experience in the field of your choice? We can help you with deadline calendars, how to apply for onsite and online internships , and housing advice , if you find the perfect mentor. The Fellowships and Internships Office can help you navigate the process.

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