The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, offer a paid internship for high school students. The Richard Louie Memorial Internship was established in 1994 to honor Richard Louie, former associate director of the Freer and Sackler, and is made possible by funds donated through the Richard Louie Memorial Fund.

The goal of the internship is to introduce high school students to Asian art museums as places that offer unexpected rewards and challenges and chances for self-discovery.

Richard Louie Memorial Interns are provided opportunities to accomplish a specific independent project within a departmental area of interest. In addition, the Freer and Sackler staff makes every effort to include interns in other museum activities.

A stipend of $1500 is awarded to Richard Louie Memorial Interns upon the successful completion of a two hundred-hour internship experience. The minimum of two hundred internship hours must be completed within the span of one year. Since their schedules are flexible and unique to each project, interns arrange their schedules in consultation with their staff mentor. No housing or transportation is provided.

Interns are selected by the staff of the museums’ participating departments. Applicants may indicate up to three departments of interest.


Applicants for the Richard Louie Memorial Internship for High School Students must be:

  • enrolled in high school
  • sixteen years or older

Preference will be given to those students who are: 1) fluent in an Asian language; or 2) have demonstrated serious interest in Asian art and culture.

Note: The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any applicant.


Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Fall: August 15


All Smithsonian internships require an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA).

Select “Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Internship Program” from the drop-down program list, and then select “The Richard Louie Memorial Internship for High School Students.”

All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance within two months of the application deadline.