at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


Application Deadlines:

Spring 2017 (January-May): No later than November 15, 2017

Summer 2017 (June-August):No later than March 15, 2017

Fall 2017 (September-December):No later than June 15, 2017

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Are you passionate about Asian Pacific American communities and our histories? 

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center believes that a great 21st century museum is more than a building. We must engage communities in surprising and innovative ways, transcending boundaries and barriers.

In this spirit of experimentation, we are launching a series of Culture Labs over the next three years (2016-2018). Culture labs are innovative pop-up in-person and online experiences that will explore creative expressions and intersectional identities of/in Asian Pacific America.

Learn more about APAC and read the Blueprint for our Culture Labs.

Be an intern at APAC and help create great 21st century museum experiences!

We have two types of internships available:

Curatorial Research - Join our curatorial team as they plan and develop our Culture Labs

Media & Communications - Join our advancement and multimedia team to develop digital media and communications strategy for our Culture Labs

Who? Advanced undergrads (current juniors and seniors), grad students and recent graduates. All majors welcome.

Where? At the Smithsonian 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.

APAC internships are unpaid, but interns may receive academic credit through their universities. For the Fall term each year, students at the University of Hawai‘i can apply for the Francis & Sara Sogi Fellowship to intern at the Smithsonian.

How Can I 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

For a Curatorial Research Internship, please submit an academic paper of no more than 10 pages on a subject of relevance to Asian Pacific American Studies

For a Media & Communications Internship, please submit a 3-5 item portfolio of blog posts, podcasts, videos, photos, multimedia pieces, graphic design pieces or social media promotions (e.g. Facebook posts, tweets, etc.) that you have created in school, for extracurricular activities or in prior work experiences.

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

Questions?  Email