Leadership for Change Internships – Smithsonian Affiliates, Washington DC

Rising college sophomores, juniors, or seniors in your lives can now apply to the paid internships at 25 Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.  More information on the Leadership for Change Internship is below and attached. (See the map of Affiliates around the country who will host.)

The application deadline is February 27, 2023.


The Smithsonian and its Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with the Emerson Collective and the George Washington University, will offer the Leadership for Change Internship to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are committed to helping communities, are passionate about social justice, and are driven to accelerate positive impact in our world. 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 Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, and its network of Smithsonian Affiliates believe in the power of museums and cultural organizations to strengthen and transform our world. This change cannot happen without diversity—not just of race or ethnicity, but also of ideas, experience, and perspective. This internship provides an opportunity for students to use their dedication to social justice, combined with their skills and life experience to support museums and cultural organizations in affecting change in our communities. Students will become museum advocates and explore new ways to bring museum content, resources, and expertise to communities near and far.

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.

Application deadline is February 27, 2023

More information here- https://affiliations.si.edu/internship-opportunities/

Apply here- https://www.emersoncollective.com/programs/internships/ecyc/

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).


  • 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.
  • Housing may be provided based on internship selected, location, and need.    
  • Selected students must pass a background investigation if placed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • The Smithsonian Institution 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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