One of the exclusive benefits of being a Smithsonian Affiliate is the opportunity to apply for the Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program. Accepted Affiliate staff members get a program tailored to their project needs which can lead to new collaborations, new loans, new professional skills and endless networking opportunities. But don’t just listen to us. Here’s what your fellow Affiliate colleagues have to say:
“I truly wish everyone at my institution had the chance to do this kind of program, which was eye-opening in so many ways. I know I will continue to maintain many of the relationships formed during my program and am grateful for the opportunity.” – Sarah Rooney, Community Programs Manager, Senator John Heinz History Center, 2013 Visiting Professional.
“Through these wonderful learning experiences I met some truly talent and kind people that I hope to keep in touch with. And of course this trip provided the Museum of Man some new ideas for our hands-on exhibit space. I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally through this wonderful opportunity.“– Jessica Crossman, Experiential Learning Department Program Coordinator, San Diego Museum of Man, 2013 Visiting Professional.
“My Smithsonian colleagues were inviting, open, and encouraging. Their work is inspiring and has given me many ideas! I look forward to sharing what I learned with my colleagues and trying out some of the Smithsonian approaches.”– Lisa Falk, Director of Education, Arizona State Museum, 2010 Visiting Professional.
“My experience was extremely valuable. The knowledge that I gained at the Smithsonian and that I am now sharing with co-workers has definitely been beneficial to our work.“– Katey Ahmann, Coordinator of Exhibit Hall Programs, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, 2009 Visiting Professional.
- Apply online! Candidates apply directly through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).
- Visiting Professionals receive a stipend. Selected applicants will receive a $350 stipend per week (not to exceed $700) to help with expenses.
- Applicants must be full-time staff members at an Affiliate organization.
- Click here for full application requirements and to apply online.
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Bugbee, 202.633.5304.