Frequently Asked Questions about the NSRC Internship Program
How do I apply for an internship at NSRC?
What is the deadline for applications?
How many internship positions are available?
Is there a stipend?
Where will the intership be located?
Will interns be allowed to telecommute?
What are the work hours?
What should I include in my writing sample?
My school requires me to do an internship for graduation. Can I do an internship for credit at the NSRC?
I am an international student. Can I still apply?
How can I learn more about all Smithsonian Institution internships?
If you are interested in a position, please go to the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) at https://solaa.si.edu . You will need to create an account at this site. After you have created an account, you can begin your application, which will be automatically submitted from the SOLAA site to the NSRC for consideration. You will be able to upload the required documents (resume or CV, writing sample, three references from supervisors or teachers) to your application online.
You will be notified of your status through SOLAA after your materials have been reviewed.
Friday, MARCH 15, 2013
We have a limited number of positions available each summer. It’s best to apply before the deadline to be considered.
Internship positions at the NSRC for high school students are unpaid. We will work with you in order for you to obtain volunteer service hours if required. For college students a modest stipend will be provided. The NSRC does not support travel and housing expenses.
The National Science Resources Center is located near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station in Washington, DC. Our offices are at the following address:
All of our internship projects require interns to work on site at the NSRC offices.
A typical work schedule at the NSRC is either from 8:30am - 5:00pm or from 9:00am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Unpaid internships can last from one month to one year, and require a commitment of at least twenty hours per week. Paid internships usually last ten weeks and require a full-time commitment of forty hours per week. We encourage full-time participation, but we will work with you to accommodate reasonable time commitments.
The writing sample is a required component of this application process. We will accept writing samples ranging from personal essays to a paper you wrote in school. Feel free to expand on your previous experience, or even to use a well-thought-out cover letter as your writing sample.
Some universities, such as The George Washington University, already have established programs with the Smithsonian. In such cases, the transition to an internship for credit should be relatively easy. Where such programs do not exist, we will work with you and your school to determine whether our internship fulfills the requirements for your specific institution.
What do you receive from your school that states you have permission to take an internship?
Does your school have requirements that you must follow before applying for any jobs or internships? This information is really important and it will direct our steps in making sure that we can proceed with your application correctly. Most schools provide students with a CPT - Curricular Practical Training, if you receive an internship. You would be considered eligible to work in the U.S. provided the internship is related to your major/minor. You would then get a letter from your academic advisor and send it to the International Center at your school. They will then process it for you and issue a CPT card to you which will be attached to your I-20 (F-1 Visa). You will only need to show your school's International Center the appointment letter from the NSRC stating you have received an internship. Speak with your international advisor and ask what you need to do before you apply.
For more information about all Smithsonian internships, go to the SI Intern site at http://intern.si.edu/.
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