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(January 11, 2021) Be a part of a transformational experience and contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women’s voices from the past and present! Interns will amplify women’s stories to tell a more complete American history, reach a diverse audience, and empower and inspire people from all walks of life!

As part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI), the Smithsonian will virtually host a cohort of 13 Because of Her Story (BOHS) interns. Through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including a hands-on virtual internship at a designated Smithsonian unit, BOHS interns will gain a deeper understanding about museum and educational best practices, and will help further the work of the American Women’s History Initiative.

Because of Her Story

Application Now Open for American Women’s History Initiative Virtual 2022 Cohort Internship Program

June 13–August 5, 2022

Application Deadline: 11:59pm EST February 28, 2022

Applications will be capped at 400 students. The application will close when SOLAA receives 400 applicants or February 28, 2022, whichever comes first. Apply early!

The program was professional, personal, and academic development. I met mentors and future professional contacts. I made some great friends. All the while, I was learning from the stories of many diverse women, both historically and contemporarily. I dove headfirst into the world of museums, archives, and libraries. I discovered so much more than I thought was possible.”   2021 BOHS Alumni

Who Is Eligible? Undergraduate college students (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors) and recent graduates from an undergraduate program (within 15 months of June 2022; those who graduated in Spring 2021 are eligible to apply) with a commitment to women’s history. Must be at least 18 years old and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

What Is It? An eight-week virtual cohort internship experience, with a weekly $750 stipend

Where Is It?  Online virtually with a Smithsonian museum or research center

When Is It? June 13 – August 5, 2022

Why Apply? Explore academic or career paths, grow your professional network, learn from mentorship guidance, build practical and professional skills, establish friendships!

For program information and how to apply, visit