Internships & Employment

Employment Information

Smithsonian magazine and has a staff of editors and researchers. Articles are written on a freelance basis. When positions are available, they are listed at the Institution's human resources Web site:

Freelance submissions

To submit a pitch for a freelance story for the print magazine, fill out this form. To submit a pitch for the website, fill out this form. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee a response to every pitch, but we will be in touch if we are interested in your story.


Two six-month, full-time, paid writing internships are available at Smithsonian magazine in Washington, D.C., beginning July 2014. The editorial internship involves writing, blogging and producing multimedia for the magazine's website and writing for the print magazine's "Smithsonian" department. The digital internship involves writing, blogging, producing multimedia for the magazine’s website, assisting in managing’s social media presence and other research and reporting tasks.

Candidates for both internships should have a proven aptitude for writing, along with web journalism skills and experience. A recent undergraduate or graduate degree and published writing samples are required.

To apply for both internships, please submit a résumé, contact information for 3 references, 3 clips, and a cover letter that includes a pitch for a story for our website or print magazine. No phone calls or emails, please. Applications can be submitted via the electronic form below or mailed in hard copy to:

Saba Naseem
Attn: Intern Application
Smithsonian Magazine
Capital Gallery, Suite 6001
MRC 513, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

If sending by FedEx, UPS or other courier, please send to:
Saba Naseem
Smithsonian Magazine
Capital Gallery
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 6001
Washington, DC 20024

The application deadline is April 1. All applicants can expect to hear from our staff with a decision within two months of the deadline. Final candidate selection will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a pre-appointment background check. EEO.

Smithsonian Magazine Internship Application
Submit this form once to be considered for both the editorial and digital internships.

Your Contact Information


Please provide a phone number where we can contact you during normal working hours.


Reference #1


Reference #2


Reference #3



Please upload a PDF or MS Word document of your Resume.

Please include a pitch for a story for our website or print magazine.

Please include a single PDF including 3 writing samples in their original format.

ASME Internship
The undergraduate internship program is sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Strong consideration is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in journalism, either with journalism as their college major or through work on their college magazine or newspaper. The deadline for applications is generally November 15 for the following summer. To learn about the program and download an application go to: These are the magazine's only editorial internships. To learn about other internships at the Smithsonian go to The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.