Diverse group of young women.

Because of Her Story interns from summer 2019.

Intern with us for an opportunity to contribute to our national effort to share a diversity of women's stories from the past and present.


The Because of Her Story Cohort is a paid, eight-week long internship offered each summer to undergraduate students who are at least 18 years-old and recent college graduates (graduated within one year of internship start date). We welcome students from diverse backgrounds, nontraditional learners, and students in 4-year and community college programs.

Interns have the opportunity to:

  • Amplify women’s voices to tell a more complete American story, reach a diverse audience, and empower and inspire people from all walks of life
  • Gain a deeper understanding of museum and educational outreach best practices
  • Increase their knowledge of interdisciplinary women’s history
  • Explore various career paths, networks, and leadership and mentorship experiences
  • Develop professional skills for working in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums

2024 Summer Internship

The application period for our 2024 summer internship is now closed. Check back this Fall for more information about our 2025 summer internship.

Internship Components

Unit Internship Project

Internship projects are based on an 8-week program with 2-week milestones. Projects include one-on-one weekly meetings with the principal mentor and at least one informational interview with another SI or non-SI colleague related to the intern’s academic or career interests.

Projects will either be onsite in-person at a Smithsonian museum or research center, online virtually with a Smithsonian museum or research center, or a hybrid of both (locations are noted in each project description).

Project work takes place 4 days/32 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, generally 9am EST to 5pm EST. 

Cohort Learning Experiences

Cohort Learning Experiences are in-person in Washington D.C. and focus on personal and interpersonal development, including select behind-the-scenes experiences and social opportunities.

Public Engagement and Individual Project Presentation

In addition to unit-level interactions, interns may have the opportunity to give a short presentation on their individual unit projects at a ShareFair to engage other Smithsonian colleagues with their internship work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate college students (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors) 
  • Recent graduates from an undergraduate program 
  • Must have a commitment to women's history
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students must already have a U.S. student visa. For questions regarding eligibility and citizenship cases (for example, DACA), please email the Because of Her Story program staff at

Where does the internship take place?

All interns are based in Washington, D.C. Internship projects will either be in-person at a Smithsonian museum or research center, online virtually with a Smithsonian museum or research center, or a hybrid of both (locations are noted in each project description).

What internship opportunities are available?

Specific project descriptions will be made available when the application period is open. Examples of past projects:

Is the internship paid?

Yes, a program stipend will be provided to each intern weekly. More details will be available in the application materials provided on this page when the application period is open.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Instructions for using the system will be included in application materials.

What do previous interns say about the program?

“The BOHS Internship Program is an eight-week deep dive into museum studies and women’s history. You get to learn about the opportunities and challenges in advancing women’s history while being immersed in the museum space, surrounded by people who are passionate about education and community building.”

“The BOHS Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who are new to or are interested in continuing to explore the different avenues within the museum field. This program offers personal, academic, and professional guidance and support that can inform the direction of your future. By working directly with a mentor from a Smithsonian unit, you get to be part of a nurturing mentor-mentee relationship that enhances the summer project experience and provides an important insight to the bureaucracy of the Smithsonian. Most importantly, you get to meet a wonderful group of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences, but who all come together to work towards the same mission of centering diverse women's history in the US.”

“Through the BOHS Cohort Internship Program, I met so many astonishingly accomplished, interesting, opinionated and strong women. I was so inspired by everyone I met and truly felt myself grow and find my voice professionally and personally this summer.”

“The internship helped expose me to professions I never knew existed and showed me how women could excel in them. I learned just as much from my peers as I did my mentors and other museum professionals.”

Does the BOHS Cohort Internship Program provide accommodations for applicants with disabilities?

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodation for intern applicants with disabilities unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered and processed according to Smithsonian Accommodation Procedures. Please contact if you have any questions.

Do I have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

The Smithsonian Institution may require employees (federal and trust), volunteers, interns, fellows and research associates, and their contractors who work with us, to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you may be required to submit documentation of proof of vaccination during onboarding. The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be.

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