[Greater-baltimore] information on Internship opportunity

Watson, Bob BWatson at nfb.org
Fri Oct 29 17:48:56 UTC 2010

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The Smithsonian, in partnership with the HSC Foundation, introduces an
internship program specifically designed for people with disabilities.
The first of its kind at the Smithsonian, the program seeks to empower
participants' sense of independence and enhance their quality of life as
they look towards their futures with optimism.  Exposure to the real
world of work, research, and academics within the supportive and
engaging environment that is the Smithsonian will provide interns with
the ability and confidence to transfer the skills they developed in the
classroom to the world of work.


Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to:

*        United States citizens (or permanent residents) from the DC
Metropolitan Area or attending school in the DC Metropolitan Area

*        Students with a declared academic major, concentration, or
discipline related to the internship (i.e. someone applying for a
history internship, must be a history major, etc.

*        Students enrolled as an undergraduate Junior, Senior, or
equivalent in a degree granting program, at an accredited institution
(*Just-graduated seniors are eligible to apply, provided their
undergraduate graduation date was 6 months before the program start

*        Students with, at least, a 3.0 GPA in the major (as verified by
the submission of academic transcripts)

*        Students with a demonstrated interest in the research and
museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution



Up to $4,500 (pro-rated based upon hours) is awarded to the student as a
stipend.  Stipend payments are distributed every two weeks through a
direct deposit via the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships.


Application Deadline  

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case, rolling basis subject to
available funds. To apply visit http://solaa.si.edu. Register for SOLAA.
Select "internship." Select "Access to Opportunities" Internship
Program. Submit the following application materials:


Application Materials

*        Application

*        Resume

*        Academic essay: 2 pages describing how academic goals,
qualifications, and career aspirations relate to the internship at the

*        Unofficial academic transcripts from all colleges/universities
attended reflecting a 3.0 GPA

*        2 Letters of recommendation from professors or teachers; if
preferred, a reference can e-mail the letter directly to
interninfo at si.edu.  All letters are kept confidential.  Applicants are
not allowed access to letters.




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