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 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, we engage the public through events that recognize art and culture as vehicles that can bring them together in a new model of museum experience.
Who? We consider current undergraduate students (current sophomores, juniors and seniors), graduate students and recent graduates. All majors welcome.
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.
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.