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Smithsonian Internship

In the spring of 2016, Colorado State University Pueblo and The Smithsonian Institution signed a memorandum of understanding making it possible for CSU Pueblo students to intern at the Smithsonian for one month in the summer.  The internship is designed for students who may not have the opportunity to complete a 15-week internship at the Smithsonian to complete a four-week Internship.  The relationship, made possible by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University's (HACU), allows students from CSU Pueblo to experience hands-on learning opportunities in fields specifically associated with their majors.  Students have interned at a number of locations including the National Museum of American History- Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention, the Archives of American Art, The National Postal Museum, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian Facilities Digital Archives Management, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA) and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Internship Cohorts



    Congratulations to the 2018 Smithsonian Internship Cohorts!

    Cohort Major Graduation Year
    Michelle Bedard Mass Communications 2018
    Dawn Carver History 2019
    Hannah Higgs Liberal Studies 2018
    Spencer Little History 2019
    Diana Rios-Martinez Spanish and Political Science 2019
    Alyssa Vargas-Lopez Sociology 2019


    Congratulations to the 2017 Smithsonian Internship Cohorts!

    Cohort Major Graduation Year
    Teagan Boda History 2018
    Genesis Enriquez-Moncada Economics 2017
    Keragan Ettleman English 2018
    Jelsea Ford Social Work 2017
    Matthew Hawkins Political Science 2017
    Frankie Jaramillo Sociology 2017


    Congratulations to the 2016 Smithsonian Internship Cohorts!

    Cohort Major Graduation Year
    Diane Archuleta History 2017
    Terrin Hearst English 2016
    Cassidy Nemick History 2018
    Jose Ortega History 2016
    Megan Peterson History 2016

Apply for the Smithsonian Internship

This summer CSU-Pueblo will be sending 6 students to DC from May 30th- July 1st. This is an unpaid internship with housing covered by the university and a small stipend for expenses while interns are in DC. There is the possibility of earning up to 3 credit hours of internship.

Required to Apply

  • Junior or senior level standing
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Ability to pass a federal background check
  • At least one course focused on Diversity in the United States. These courses should have an emphasis in ethnicity or gender. Possibly classes are Chicano Studies and Women's Studies.

Students Should Submit the Following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter specifying why student is interested in interning at the Smithsonian
  • 250 word statement of interest specifically stating what you would like to learn.
  • 2 letters of recommendation preferably from CSU-Pueblo faculty or staff.
  • Transcript
  • Applications are due by December 15th to

Students Will Be Required To:

  • Keep a weekly blog
  • Give a formal presentation before the Board of Governors at the August board meeting

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