Project Description:

The Office of Facilities Management and Reliability is seeking intern candidates who are studying and enthusiastic about performing facility and equipment maintenance and associated tasks at the Smithsonian Institution.  The interns will be under the direct supervision of an assigned supervisor and will learn about various tasks related to crafts/trades disciplines related to the maintenance of our cultural facilities.  The interns will be required to learn and be mentored by supervisors. The interns will demonstrate practical understanding as well as learn the proper application of maintenance training in areas identified by the supervisor.  The candidate will assist and learn how to perform tasks such as maintenance helper, carpenter, drywall, and masonry, electrical and lighting (bulb changing) or plumbing helper. Responsibilities include learning proper techniques for performing maintenance and repair work on cultural facilities and related equipment.  The intern must have completed or be a current participant in a formal training program providing the knowledge and skill in performing facilities maintenance work.

Appointment Details

Term & Details – 11 Weeks
– Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
– Multiple opportunities available
Project Title Maintenance Experience at the Smithsonian
Location Smithsonian Museums and Buildings
Stipend Most internships are paid by stipend
Time Requirement This is a full-time 40 hour per week internship
Housing Interns must secure housing prior to the internship start date
Travel Travel to and from internship site location is the responsibility of the intern
Mentor Will be determined by the location of the opportunities


Project Outcomes & Assignments:

  • Practical application of knowledge related to facilities maintenance as demonstrated to supervisor
  • Hands-on performance of assigned facilities maintenance tasks at the entry level
  • Learning customer service when performing maintenance tasks
  • Meet weekly with supervisor for evaluation of performance
  • Create a weekly log that documents highlights of your experiences

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of maintenance work at the Smithsonian
  • Demonstrate the use of maintenance training in completing assignments
  • Develop and improve facilities maintenance skills
  • Develop networking skills with other maintenance and custodial professionals in Facility Management
  • Develop professional skills that will aid in the transition from student to employee


  • Student must be a current or recently matriculated student in a recognized training program related to facilities maintenance work
  • Student must be in good current academic standing
  • Student must submit a complete application package
  • Student must be available for an interview
  • Student must be innovative and self-motivated
  • Student must provide and verify housing for term of internship
  • Student must have a bank account for direct deposit of stipend payments
  • Student must be available to participate 40 hours per week
  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen