If I could sum up my Smithsonian internship experience in one word, that word would be 'accessibility.' To meet and interact with historians, curators, archivists, directors and artists was an unbelievable opportunity. Having accessibility to primary sources that date back to the 1600s, direct contact with historians knowledgeable about my research, and the support and guidance of Smith alumnae in the museum world was invaluable to my further scholarly development and helped me to better define my goals for graduate school. There is a tangible correlation between the Smith classroom experience and 'real world' activities as a Smithsonian intern.
Lori Harris '10
The Smithsonian program is one of the...gems of Smith College. You get the experience of being a 9–5 working girl, practically unfettered access to renowned museums in both the internship and the seminar, all while being mentored by wonderful museum professionals, not to mention the greatest mentor of all, the city of D.C., itself.
Kelly Montana '09
The Smithsonian internship not only allowed me to form relationships with people who share my passions and interests, but it also allowed me to learn about myself and my capabilities. It inspired me to move back to Washington, D.C., after I graduate.
Caitlin Gleason '09
For my Smithsonian internship I was assigned to work at the National Air and Space Museum. I got to work with my supervisor on one of the books he was writing at the time called The Historical Atlas of Space Exploration. I did research finding images and even drew several of the maps and diagrams that will be included in the book. Although I didn't start out with a strong interest in space or science history, I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Space History department and got to learn from all of the people who work there. They all made it their responsibility to make this a valuable part of my education, and it really gave me an opportunity to learn a lot in an area that I otherwise wouldn't have.
Meleta Buckstaff '09
One thing that particularly struck me was the diversity of the [museum] staff in terms of areas of interest and fields of study. I had expected that most would come from art history backgrounds but was impressed to see that many did not... I am truly thankful for such a gratifying experience... In a world where interns often run out for coffee and are otherwise ignored, I could not have asked for a better work environment.
Smith Intern, '05