Congratulations! You`re on your way to the USA to participate on an internship. Here`s some information to help you get started.
You will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements (Edmonton or Calgary/Washington, D.C). You are advised to fly in to Reagan International Airport (not Dulles International Airport) as it is less expensive, and has metro access to the city. While you are encouraged to make tentative travel arrangements upon nomination, you SHOULD NOT pay for an airline ticket until you have received formal acceptance from the Smithsonian Institution; most airline tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.
The Program Contact at the Smithsonian Institution will ensure that the ASIP nominees receive appropriate visa and immigration documentation, prior to their departure for the United States.
Students must ensure that you have a valid passport, a return airline ticket, appropriate health and travel insurance, and make arrangements for suitable accommodations.
Housing in Washington D.C. can be difficult to attain and can also be very expensive. The Washington Centre may be able to provide housing for ASIP participants. Students would be lodged in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, fully-furnished suite. Easily accessible by the metro, students would have access to any of the Smithsonian museums from here. If you are interesting in acquiring housing from the Washington Centre, visit their website at
Students may also wish to consider Georgetown University as another alternative for housing. The University is close to the metro station, which transports student to and from the Smithsonian. Housing during the academic year may be more difficult to secure than over the summer months. Prices will also vary depending on the type of residence students wish to rent. For more information, please visit their website at:
Please note that all housing applications must be mailed directly to Georgetown University as the ASIP office is not involved in the housing application process.
Other local universities that offer low cost, short term housing for visitors during the summer are:
The following websites may assist students in finding additional housing options in the Washington area:
All costs listed are approximations per month:
• Housing: $1,200 (based on shared accommodation with kitchens)
• Food: $250 (allowance for students to cook for themselves)
• Metro Pass: $47 approximately
• Student Guard Insurance: $50
NOTE: All funds are listed in Canadian Dollars
All students accepted to participate in the Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program are required as a condition of participation to demonstrate evidence of complete health and travel insurance for the entire duration of the participation in the program. Alberta Provincial Health Care coverage does not provide adequate coverage for students on this program and students will need to show evidence and sign a form prior to departure for the program indicating that they have complete health and travel insurance. Students are required to have coverge from the day of travel until two days after departure from the USA. The additional two days of coverage are required to cover any unanticipated change in flights such as unanticipated cancelations.
An industry leader in Student Travel Insurance is Student Guard Insurance. While students can show evidence of insurance from any company we require that any plan purchased meets the minimum standard coverage as available from
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