Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative 2020 Summer Cohort Internship Program

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020, or when 350 applications are received (please see details below)


This summer, be a part of a transformational experience that goes beyond just another internship. Through hands-on activities and original research, you will contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women’s voices from the past and present. You will learn to use unique tools for civic engagement and representation in museum and other community spaces. You will develop familiarity and experience with museum practice and American women’s history.

Who? Undergraduate and recent graduates with a commitment to women’s history

What? Eight-week long cohort internship experience, with paid group housing, reimbursable travel to and from Washington D.C., and a weekly $382.50 stipend. The total value of this internship, including the weekly stipend and the paid group housing, is $6,300 (not including travel reimbursement).

Where?  Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

When? June 14 – August 8, 2020

Why? Opportunity to explore various career paths, networks, leadership and mentorship experiences, and build practical professional skills.

Application deadline: Be advised that this application will close on will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on either: (A) Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time or (B) The date that 350 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 350 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 350.


Program Information

Because of Her Story 2020 Summer Internship Program Description 

Because of Her Story 2020 Summer Internship Project Descriptions

Because of Her Story 2020 Summer Internship Application Guide


Application Process

To apply:

  1. Create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).
  2. Search under “Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education and Research” and select the “Because of Her Story Internship Program” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Start an application for this program.
  4. Be sure to complete all sections and include the email addresses for your references before you click submit.

For questions: Email BOHSinternship@si.edu