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Smithsonian's Global Health Program Research Internship

The Smithsonian's Global Health Program works with international partners to combat threats to wildlife, human and ecosystem health and survival by addressing these challenges at their source: the human-wildlife interface. The Global Health Program is based upon the One Health platform, which recognizes that the health of all species is intertwined and closely dependent upon each other. As such, Global Health Program scientists utilize a broad range of expertise (wildlife veterinarians, pathologists, biologists, research associates and technicians) to address wildlife health concerns, investigate disease at the human-wildlife interface, and conduct international training programs in an effort to build intervention and response capacity worldwide.

The intern (incumbent of this position) will have direct contact with the Program Director and staff of the Smithsonian's Global Health Program.

Duties and responsibilities: 

This is an unpaid internship opportunity where the intern will learn about general research assignments and grant writing. The intern will have the opportunity to learn how to research grants under a desired topic in various platforms with guidance from team members and learn valuable research skills regarding conservation and a One Health approach. The research intern will:

  • Engage in investigation on a topic relevant to conservation medicine or zoonotic public health risks, assisting in project proposals, literature searches, grant writing  and project implementation
  • Learn how to collect data, organize them for analysis and prepare them for publication
  • Learn communication skills and assist with training activities with international research partners
  • Gain experience with the scientific process, using a One Health approach to address conservation and public health issues

Candidates with a B.S., or in the process of obtaining their B.S., in a related field are preferred. 

This is an unpaid internship. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns.
Term of appointment: 

Two six month internships are available for the fall with the possibility of extension. Applications will be reviewed as submitted.  Reasonable exceptions may be made in order to coordinate with university schedules. .

Washington DC
Internship Category: 
Animal Programs
How to Apply: 

To apply, go to: Select "Don't have an Account? Create An Account." Complete the information to create an account.

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations
  • Two references (letters not necessary)
  • Schedule of availability.

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “Rock Creek - Smithsonian's Global Health Research Internship”

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.”