Leadership for Change Internship

at 
Smithsonian Institution
Posted on 
24 Jan

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Smithsonian Affiliations is committed to helping people across the globe understand the complexity and the nuances of our world by collaborating with a network of mission-aligned Affiliate organizations in this critical work.

The Leadership for Change internship is part of the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative and is supported in part by the Emerson Collective and Do A Little Foundation. We recruit young leaders who are motivated to support their communities and advance social justice. The program provides a cohort of interns with meaningful and enriching experiences and programming to strengthen their understanding and commitment to social justice and leadership, in addition to the hands-on learning experiences at their host organizations. In 2023, the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative cohort will include students interning at the Smithsonian Institution and its Affiliates, the Emerson Collective, and the George Washington University. Students will be brought together for shared virtual programming, as well as in-person and online experiences, events, and dialogues. When young leaders come together with a diversity of experiences and talents, they expand their networks, exchange ideas, and take action to affect positive change in our communities.

There are two (2) types of internship opportunities with the Smithsonian in Summer 2023:

Hybrid: 3 weeks onsite at a Smithsonian Affiliate; 5 weeks virtual
In Person: 8 weeks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Project Focus
Projects will vary based on location and may include opportunities in:
- Digital engagement
- Educational equity and accessibility
- Communications
- International relations
- Exhibition development
- National and community outreach
- Museum advocacy

All projects will focus on one or more of 4 core topic areas—Women’s History, Climate Change, Race and Social Justice, and the Changing American Narrative (including rural initiatives, immigration, education, civics, democracy, and other topics).

Qualifications
- Students must be rising college sophomores, juniors, or seniors to qualify for this internship.
- International students within the continental U.S. may apply
- You DO NOT need experience or a major in arts, art, or museum administration. This opportunity is open to any student regardless of major who has a passion for social justice and education

Additional Information
- This is a paid internship. Interns will receive $4,800 stipend, plus travel. Travel funds will be determined based on the student’s originating location, commuting distance, and if housing is required.
- The Smithsonian Institution and its Affiliates may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Job Description

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Smithsonian Affiliations is committed to helping people across the globe understand the complexity and the nuances of our world by collaborating with a network of mission-aligned Affiliate organizations in this critical work.

The Leadership for Change internship is part of the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative and is supported in part by the Emerson Collective and Do A Little Foundation. We recruit young leaders who are motivated to support their communities and advance social justice. The program provides a cohort of interns with meaningful and enriching experiences and programming to strengthen their understanding and commitment to social justice and leadership, in addition to the hands-on learning experiences at their host organizations. In 2023, the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative cohort will include students interning at the Smithsonian Institution and its Affiliates, the Emerson Collective, and the George Washington University. Students will be brought together for shared virtual programming, as well as in-person and online experiences, events, and dialogues. When young leaders come together with a diversity of experiences and talents, they expand their networks, exchange ideas, and take action to affect positive change in our communities.

There are two (2) types of internship opportunities with the Smithsonian in Summer 2023:

Hybrid: 3 weeks onsite at a Smithsonian Affiliate; 5 weeks virtual
In Person: 8 weeks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Project Focus
Projects will vary based on location and may include opportunities in:
- Digital engagement
- Educational equity and accessibility
- Communications
- International relations
- Exhibition development
- National and community outreach
- Museum advocacy

All projects will focus on one or more of 4 core topic areas—Women’s History, Climate Change, Race and Social Justice, and the Changing American Narrative (including rural initiatives, immigration, education, civics, democracy, and other topics).

Qualifications
- Students must be rising college sophomores, juniors, or seniors to qualify for this internship.
- International students within the continental U.S. may apply
- You DO NOT need experience or a major in arts, art, or museum administration. This opportunity is open to any student regardless of major who has a passion for social justice and education

Additional Information
- This is a paid internship. Interns will receive $4,800 stipend, plus travel. Travel funds will be determined based on the student’s originating location, commuting distance, and if housing is required.
- The Smithsonian Institution and its Affiliates may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

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