The Smithsonian Undergraduate Internship Program

The Smithsonian Undergraduate Internship Program is a full-time internship opportunity organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum in collaboration with East Los Angeles College (ELAC), the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI), and the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC). This unique internship is now offered in conjunction with the new Museum Studies Certificate Program at East Los Angeles College.

The five-week winter internship program provides East Los Angeles College students with the opportunity to engage in museum studies in their hometown of Los Angeles and with the nation's premier museum complex in Washington D.C.

Program components:

  • Directed study course taken during Winter Intersession term (3-units)
  • One-week intensive workshop with the Vincent Price Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Four-week full-time internship with the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.)
  • Program features:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
  • Exposure to a range of museum careers and academic programs
  • Workshops and networking events with museum professionals
  • How to apply:

  • Interested students should submit their applicant information, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts via our online form. Please direct all application inquiries to Joseph Valencia at
  • 2021 Application Form

    The Smithsonian Undergraduate Internship Program is made possible through the generous support of The Cynthia Lee Maughan Scholarship, Bank of America, MUFG Union Bank Foundation, and Barbara Hensleigh and Joe Andrews.

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    All exhibitions and programs at the Vincent Price Art Museum are underwritten by the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and East Los Angeles College.


    Admission is free and open to the public. Please note: The Vincent Price Art Museum is currently CLOSED to the public in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn More.

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    The Vincent Price Art Museum acknowledges with gratitude the generous donors to the Museum’s operations and exhibition/educational programs.

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    East Los Angeles College
    Thomas Silliman
    The Getty Foundation
    The Alice L. Walton Foundation
    The Ford Foundation
    The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
    Bank of America
    Art Bridges
    Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
    Barbara Hensleigh & Joe Andrews
    Pasadena Art Alliance
    MUFG Union Bank
    City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
    Alfred Fraijo, Jr. and Arturo Becerra-Fraijo
    Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta
    Sabas Carrillo