About Us

About Us

The Office of Academic Appointments and Internships provides central management and administration for internships, fellowships, and research associates throughout the Smithsonian Institution's 21 museums, research centers, offices, and the zoo. We serve as a beacon for guidance and resources on best practices for successful experiential education opportunities.

Our Mission

To facilitate impactful, comprehensive, inclusive, and transformative internships and fellowships that inspire academic, career, and identity enlightenment on a global level.

To achieve our mission, we:

  • Conduct outreach to and maintain relationships with scholarly and community partners, such as universities and non-profit organizations, to promote opportunities to diverse audiences and increase access and inclusivity
  • Provide training, resources, and support for unit program coordinators, internship supervisors, and fellowship advisors 
  • Welcome and onboard interns and fellows through effective communication, orientations, and supplemental materials  
  • Design and deliver intentional enrichment programming, career exploration activities, and alumni engagement opportunities
  • Foster relationship building amongst interns, fellows, and Smithsonian staff 

Our Team

If you have any questions, please contact us at InternsAndFellows@si.edu.

Roshni D. Lal, Ph.D.

Pamela E. Veenbaas
Program Manager

Dora Blair
Administrative Officer

Christian Kameni
Program Specialist

Alex Capobianco
Program Specialist

Christopher Wu
Program Specialist

Taylor Dews
Management Support Specialist

Heather Richardson
Program Coordinator

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