JCVI/SSEC Internship Program

We encourage you to read through our website and learn more about us before you apply. The SSEC is not a physical laboratory and we do not provide any scientific research or museum education internships. 


Eligibility for Internships

This program is only open to students of the JCVI Internship Program at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD.

The internship will last for 8-12 weeks during the Spring 2018 academic semester.  Students will be required to work at SSEC and JCVI for up to 4 hours per day, for a total of 20 hours per week.

All interns must successfully complete a Federal background check before their internship begins.  We are located in a secured office building which is handicap accessible.

Application Deadline

SSEC will start accepting applications for the Spring 2018 semester beginning January 23, 2018. The deadline for all applications is February 9, 2018.   

Your application must include:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume or CV

Application and Selection Process

You must first apply for the SSEC internship online at the J. Craig Venter Institute website:

JCVI Internship Application


Students will apply through JCVI’s online portal.  In one complete file (Word or PDF), please submit the following:

  • A cover letter
    • Please include how this opportunity will fit into your career or educational goals as well as expand upon relevant experience
  • A resume or CV

JCVI will review your application and select candidates to move forward. Selected candidates will be contacted by the SSEC for the next steps, which will include a phone interview by SSEC program staff and a Federal background investigation. 

Once you have been selected, you are required to enter an internship application in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).  You will create an account at this site.  After you have created an account, you can begin your application and select your program choice of interest (JCVI/SSEC Internship).  You can view your application status in SOLAA at any time. Do not send any application materials directly to the SSEC.

Program Areas for Interns

  1. Global Science Education

JCVI/SSEC Program Assignment at SSEC

The Curriculum & Communications Division at SSEC produces and maintains high-quality, educational materials that include Science and Technology Concepts™ (STC™) science curriculum units in the life, earth, and physical sciences for grades K-12 and a series of science reading resources, STC Literacy Series™, that complement our STC Program™.  We also develop, update, and maintain the SSEC website and new digital initiatives. 

Global Science Education – At the SSEC, the intern will work with educators, researchers, staff, SSEC partners, and experts in the field of global science education to support the development and rollout of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s international curriculum module called, “Zika!” which helps students understand mosquito-borne diseases through inquiry-based science education methods. 

The outcomes of the intern’s learning experience include the following:

  • Gain an understanding of global science education as it relates to the UN Global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Research new resources to enhance the “Zika!” curriculum module.
  • Assist with development of educational programming (media, blogs, lessons) that focus on mosquito-borne diseases using JCVI content.
  • Assist with reviewing teacher field-test feedback on the “Zika!” curriculum module and make recommendations for revisions.  Assist in communicating directly with field test teachers across the globe.
  • Learn the basics of educational program development building strong communication skills and best practices in partnerships and collaborations.


The intern will receive daily instruction, guidance, and feedback for all tasks assigned. The intern will also get an understanding of why tasks are necessary and their importance for achieving positive outcomes. 



If you have questions, please contact:

Smithsonian Science Education Center

Angela Pritchett, Internship Coordinator


JCVI Internship Program



Frequently Asked Questions


What is the deadline for applications? 

Friday, February 9, 2018.

Is there a stipend? 


Where will the internship be located? 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is located near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station on the green/yellow and orange/blue/silver lines in Washington, DC.

Our office is at the following address:
901 D St., SW, Suite 704B
Washington DC, 20024

The J. Craig Venter Institute is located in Rockville, MD near the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  Free parking is available. 

Our office is at the following address:

9714 Medical Center Dr. Suite 1214

Rockville, MD  20850


What are the work hours? 

The internship lasts for 8-12 weeks for the Spring 2018 academic semester.  The student is required to work at SSEC and JCVI up to 4 hours per day, for a total of 20 hours per week.  We encourage full participation, but we will work with you to accommodate reasonable time commitments to fit your class schedule.

What should I include in my cover letter? 

The cover letter is a required component of this application process.  In your letter, explain why you would like to be an intern with the program, expand on your previous experience, and explain how this opportunity would fit into your long term educational or career goals.

I am international student, can I still apply? 

What do you receive from your school that states you have permission to take an internship? If you have an international advisor at your school, have they been notified by you that you are applying for internships? Does your school have requirements that you must follow before applying for any jobs or internships?

This information is really important and it will direct our steps in making sure that we can proceed with your application correctly.  Most schools provide students with a CPT - Curricular Practical Training, if you receive an internship. You would be considered eligible to work in the U.S. provided the internship is related to your major/minor. You would then get a letter from your academic advisor and send it to the International Center at your school. They will then process it for you and issue a CPT card to you which will be attached to your I-20 (F-1 Visa). You will only need to show your school's International Center the appointment letter from the SSEC stating you have received an internship. Speak with your international advisor and ask what you need to do before you apply.

How can I learn more about all Smithsonian internship opportunities? 

For more information about all Smithsonian internships, go to the Office of Fellowships and Internships home page