at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2021 internship decisions will be made by May 7 ,2021 through the SOLAA portal

Fall 2021 (September-December): No later than June 18, 2021

Spring 2022 (January-May): No later than November 19, 2021

Summer 2022 (June-August): No later than March 13, 2022

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. We 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 programs that invite visitors to inquire, discover, and learn via direct exchanges with artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners, we engage the public through events that recognize art, history and culture as vehicles that can bring everyone together. 

What do applicants need to know about internships? 

Who? We consider undergraduate students (current sophomores, juniors and seniors), graduate students, recent graduates, and high school students. All majors are welcome.

Where? Due to the pandemic, the internship program has shifted to a virtual experience. We will continue offering virtual internships throughout 2021.

When? Internships usually last anywhere 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.

Is there a stipend? APAC offers modest internship stipends every semester--funding is limited and highly competitive. Interns may also receive academic credit through their universities. We 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.

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 the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center?
• What knowledge and skills do you hope to learn from the internship? How will this internship fulfill your learning goals?

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

A work sample can be a portion of an academic paper or essay (no more than 5 pages) or a portfolio of artwork, community engagement work, etc. Please include any work sample that reflects your experiences or strengths.

What happens after I submit my application in SOLAA? 

After the internship deadline (see dates above) passes, the Asian Pacific American Center Internship Committee will review all completed applications submitted to SOLAA. Within approximately 2-3 weeks, the committee will notify selected candidates for a one-hour interview. Once the interviews are completed, the committee will make their selections for the semester and notify candidates within a week. Internship offers will be delivered via email. All candidates who submitted an application will receive a status update through SOLAA approximately one month after the internship deadline has passed. Notification times may vary depending on the size of the application pool and staff capacity.

After entering SOLAA, follow the instructions on the left-hand navigation bar and choose the option for the Asian Pacific American Center Internship Program. Please note that in SOLAA, the "Program Choices" section is not required for the APAC Internship. If selected for an internship, a research topic and advisor will be decided during the onboarding process.

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