Summer Internship at the Smithsonian

The Botanic Garden offers Smith Students an internship opportunity at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, under the supervision of Dr. W. John Kress, chair of the Botany Department. Projects may include working on computer plant identification systems, the ecological and evolutionary relationships between heliconias and hummingbirds, DNA barcoding projects, and other research. The internship involves field, lab, and herbarium work.

This internship is made possible by generous donations from Deanna Bates.

The Application Process:

The Smithsonian Internship is not currently accepting applications for 2021. 

What I learned during my time at the Smithsonian will be invaluable in whatever branch of botany my career takes me.


Elizabeth Strohbeck, Class of 2017