Internships

Because of Her Story internship cohorts from 2023 (left) and 2022 (right)

Because of Her Story internship cohorts from 2023 (left) and 2022 (right)

Have a transformational experience and contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women's stories from the past and present.

About the Internship Program

The Because of Her Story Cohort internship program is a paid, eight-week long internship offered each summer to students with a commitment to women's history. Geared towards undergraduate students who are at least 18 years-old (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and recent college graduates (who have graduated within one year of program date). The Because of Her Story Cohort internship program is open to students from diverse backgrounds, nontraditional learners, and students in 4-year and community college programs.

Through a variety of experiential learning opportunities and events with members of their cohort, Because of Her Story interns will:

  • 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

"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." 

BOHS Alumni

2024 Internships

The museum will host a cohort of up to 14 paid Because of Her Story (BOHS) interns for 8 weeks from June 10–August 2, 2024. All interns will be based in Washington, D.C. The museum will provide housing, reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C., and a weekly $400 stipend.

 

 

 

 

Instructions for registering in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) can be found on page 9 of the Application Materials.

The application closes when the system receives 400 applicants or 5:00pm ET on February 7, 2024, whichever comes first.

Program 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. 

  • Friday Cohort Learning Experiences: Selected and Behind-the-Scenes exploration of the Smithsonian and panel discussions regarding women’s and workplace issues. This will include short readings prior to weekly discussions and a lunchtime guided conversation.
  • Tuesday Cohort Dinners: Weekly dinners will be hosted by the program on Tuesday evenings and include guest invitees (BOHS mentors, AWHI staff, and other Smithsonian colleagues). This weekly experience includes participating in discussions with women and leaders across the Smithsonian.

Public Engagement and Individual Project Presentation

In addition to unit level Smithsonian interactions, the Cohort will give short presentations on their individual unit projects at a ShareFair, engaging other Smithsonian colleagues with the work that the cohort focused on during the internship.

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 BOHSInternship@si.edu.

Where does the internship take place?

All interns will be based in Washington, D.C. Cohort Learning Experiences will be in-person in Washington, D.C. Internship 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)

What internship opportunities are available?

Through such projects as developing educational and outreach programs or materials, creating posts for a social media campaign, contributing to a podcast, or conducting research, the BOHS interns will help further the work of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. Specific project descriptions will be made available when the application period is open. See some examples of past BOHS intern 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 BOHSInternship@si.edu 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.

Contact Us

For internship questions, please contact the Because of Her Story staff at BOHSInternship@si.edu (available 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday).

For technical support, including problems with the SOLAA system, please contact Office of the Chief Information Officer Help Desk at OCIOHelpDesk@si.edu  or 202-633-4000 (available 9 a.m.—5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday).