Internships at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Deadline: 12 June 2020
Open to:
undergraduate students (current sophomores, juniors and seniors), graduate students and recent graduates
Benefits: internship stipends available


The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center believes that a great 21st century museum is more than a building. They must engage communities in surprising and innovative ways, transcending boundaries and barriers. They are a migratory museum that brings Asian Pacific American history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the United States.

The Center works to redefine and expand the traditional museum model to transform how museums can be places for civic engagement, critical and constructive dialogue, and social justice. Through public programs, like our signature series Culture Labs, that invite visitors to inquire, discover, and learn via direct exchanges with artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners, they engage the public through events that recognize art and culture as vehicles that can bring them together in a new model of museum experience.

Where? Interns spend their semester at our Smithsonian office in Washington, D.C.!

When? Internships usually last between 10-15 weeks. We encourage part-time internships of 20-30 hours per week and are flexible with start & end dates, duration, and number of hours worked per week.


They consider current undergraduate students (current sophomores, juniors and seniors), graduate students and recent graduates. All majors welcome.


APAC offers modest internship stipends every semester–funding is limited and highly competitive. Interns may also receive academic credit through their universities. They encourage all applicants to research scholarship opportunities that support internships at their universities. The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships also offers funded opportunities through several scholarship programs.

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials through the Smithsonian’s SOLAA portal.

Cover Letter of no more than 2 pages addressing:

• Why do you want to be an intern at APAC?
• What knowledge and skills do you hope to learn from the internship?

Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended


Please include relevant experience, including any technical proficiency in social media platforms, coding languages and programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite

2 Letters of Recommendation addressing:

• Academic ability
• Professionalism
• Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment

1 Relevant Work Sample

After entering SOLAA, follow the instructions on the lefthand navigation bar and choose the option for the Asian Pacific American Center Internship Program.

For more information, please visit the official web page.