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This leaflet acknowledges your request for information on educational and research programs at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian offers several programs for high school, college, graduate and post-graduate students and American Indians.

The Office of Fellowships and Grants manages and administers the Institution's programs for research grants, fellowships, internships, and other visiting academic appointments. Fellowships are offered for pre- and post-doctoral study and research in residence at the Smithsonian for not less than six nor more than twelve months. Graduate student fellowships are available for ten-week periods under the guidance of Smithsonian staff members. Native Americans, who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, can receive awards to undertake projects related to a Native American topic and that require Smithsonian resources. These appointments are available for up to six weeks. Internships for Native American undergraduate and graduate students are available for periods of nine to twelve weeks during the summer or academic year and include stipends and travel allowance. Minority internships for junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students are also available for those interested in independent research or in participating in ongoing research or museum-related activities. These nine to twelve-week internships offer stipends. Information about these programs may be obtained by writing to the Office of Fellowships and Grants, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000, MRC 902, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 287-327l; email:

The National Museum of Natural History's Research Training Program offers ten-week internships for 24-30 outstanding undergraduate students, selected from around the world, interested in a career in natural history research. Information on this program can be obtained from the web at, by email: or by writing: Mary Sangrey, Program Coordinator, NHB 166, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 or calling (202) 357-4548. For information on other undergraduate student internships in the Department of Anthropology and in other departments within the National Museum of Natural History, write or call Ms. Magda Schremp, Internship Coordinator, Office of Education, MRC 158, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 357-3045. For information on student internships in other Smithsonian museums, write to the Center for Museum Studies, 2235 Arts and Industries Bldg., MRC 427, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 357-3101; fax: (202) 357-3346. These non-paying internships are individually designed and are usually held for four to six-month periods.

The Center for Museum Studies (address above) also provides a description of internships available for American Indians in its brochure "American Indian Resources at the Smithsonian Institution." The American Indian Program in the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Anthropology offers research opportunities to draw upon the American Indian collections and museum staff expertise. The program sponsors individual researchers and collaborative projects with Indian-controlled cultural and educational institutions. You can write or call: JoAllyn Archambault, Director, American Indian Program, National Museum of Natural History, MRC 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, (202) 357-4760.; fax: (202) 357-2208.

In addition to the above opportunities, the Smithsonian's Office of Education has a summer intern program open to high school students finishing their senior year from anywhere in the United States. This program, offering small stipends, places thirty students in its two sessions. Anyone interested in applying should write directly to Intern Coordinator, Office of Education, 1163 Arts and Industries Bldg., MRC 402, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 357-2425.

Finally, the Information and Associates Reception Center places volunteers in "behind the scenes" positions throughout the year. Information about this program can be obtained from Volunteer Services, Visitor Information and Associates Reception Center, SI Great Hall, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 357-2987.

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Last Updated: January 30, 1999.