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With 17 museums, research centers, and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institute—the largest museum system in the world—touches every aspect of the human experience. Its mission focuses on four Grand Challenges: To unlock the mysteries of the universe, to understand and sustain a bio-diverse planet, to explore world cultures, and to understand the American experience. 

The Opportunity

In our sixth summer in partnership with the Smithsonian, Ten UH students will be matched with a mentor and placed in four-week individual internships that begin mid-May 2020. While enrolled in this living-learning opportunity, students will reside in intern housing on Capitol Hill. Previous UH interns have conducted research at The National Zoo, The Smithsonian Science Center, The Center for Folk-life and Cultural Heritage, the Museum of Natural History, The Museum of African Art, among other placements. 

Situated in the Honors College, the internship is open to all majors and UH students. The experience will challenge you to broaden your thinking, and sharpen your skills and understanding of complex issues in science, history, the arts, culture and other disciplines, all against the backdrop of Washington, D.C. Partial Honors College scholarships are available.

Students will present their research at the UH Undergraduate Research Day in April 2021.

Estimated Expenses:

  • Housing 
  • Airfare
  • Smithsonian Fee
  • Meals and walking around money
Click here to read what former interns have to say.

Applications open January, 2020. For more information, contact Professor Alison Leland.